It’s FRIDAY and that means it’s time for another Free-for-all!
This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.
So what are you seeing out there?
Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes in the comments below and have an excellent weekend!
Do you remember 10 years and 6 days ago when David Gibbons from Zillow commented on this site that they intended to expand internationally and Canada was definately on the shortlist?
Well Zillow is coming to Canada, sort of.
Looks like they’ll just be showing the same listings as the MLS – dare we hope for an independent source of long term statistics like price history?
“…..Compared to the rest of the country we are noticing that it’s especially weak, which is quite a turnaround from what we’ve seen over much of the past 10 to 15 years,” Porter said. “It’s quite unusual for Vancouver to stick out.”
Read the full article here.
Every year, the research and analysis arm of the London-based publisher of the Economist magazine ranks 140 cities and scores them based on 30 different factors, boiled down to five categories:
- Stability (based on local rates of crime, terrorism and military unrest).
- Quality of local health care.
- Local culture and environment (everything from weather to quality of local restaurants).
- Quality of education.
- Quality of infrastructure (everything from transit to electrical grids and telecommunications networks).
Melbourne was first seven years in a row before being displaced by the Austrian capital.
Not factored in on that list: cost of living or incomes. Read the full article over at the CBC.