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FFFA! Debt, Zoocasa, Sellers, Economy, Rates

Friday, March 6th, 2015

It’s the end of another work week and that means it’s Friday Free-for-all time!

This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-Realtor Hunger Index at 54%
-Savings rate hits 5 year low
-Zoocasa to stop publishing data
-First Sellers market in 4 years
-No more rate cuts?
-Highest gas prices in North America
-How do you make a return?
-Sell your toys, don’t buy a house
-Squamish bankruptcy for Rommel
-What to talk about instead of RE?
-Consumer debt hits $1.53 Trillion

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Friday Free-for-all!

Friday, February 27th, 2015

It’s that time of the week again…

Friday Free-for-all time!

This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-What size house are you happy with?
-CMHC no longer loans for condo dev
-Bidding wars spread to suburbs
-Minimum loan payment reduced
-Low rates to save housing market?
-Shiller worried about canada prices

Thanks to southseacompany and everyone else for the links!

So what are you seeing out there? Post you news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

FFFA! Sales, prices, rents and resources.

Friday, February 20th, 2015

It’s that time of the week again…

Friday Free-for-all time!

This is our regular end of the week news roundup and open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-GV: sales up, prices slip
-PTT a ‘drag’ on RE economy
-What are you paying for rent?
-Vacant homes target by thieves
-TD forecasts dip in Calgary
-but they’re already down YOY

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Friday Free-for-all! Valentine Edition

Friday, February 13th, 2015

What? It’s Friday already?

Seriously?

Well, I guess that means it’s time for another Friday Free-for-all! This is our regular end of the week news round-up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

We’ll post some links here, hopefully real soon…

-They’ll go here.

In the meanwhile, what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent, love filled passionate weekend!

Vancouver, New York, London & Paris

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Reader tedeastside either hates Vancouver or he wants other people to.

Regular visitors here know teds comments have a certain reliable tone to them, but yesterday’s got creative and inspired people to riff on it:

to those proud vancouverites who mention vancouver in the same breath as New York or London probably thinks the following

Shangri-la = Empire State building
Robson Square = Rockefeller center
Nat Bailey = Yankee Stadium
Steam Clock = Big Ben
Olympic Cauldron = Eiffel Tower
VAG = the Louvre
Robson street = Champs-Élysées
Gassy Jack = Statue of Liberty
North Van Sulfer piles = the Pyramids

This of course got some pointing out that Vancouver can have overpriced real estate and still be a decent city, but where’s the fun in that?

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FFFA! oil, panic, debt, surge

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Hey, you made it to the end of another work week!

That means it’s time for another Friday Free-for-all. This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-New alarm over household debt
-Panic in Alberta Luxury RE
-But Toronto and the ‘Couve are fine
-January Realtor Hunger Index 71%
-Oil prices surge to 1 month high

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Luxury hotel to become a dorm

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Looks like those basement mortgage helpers might have some competition soon if this plan goes through:

Downtown Vancouver Luxury Hotel to become International Student Housing

The 17-storey building will undergo a $37 million renovation and have 220 beds for international students come September, according to Global News; the company is eventually hoping to expand into Vancouver and Richmond and have beds for 5,000 post-secondary and high school students in nine different buildings.

The Viva Suites will be available from $900 to $2,500, depending on the amenities, location, and building, The Province reports. Some of the amenities available are a weight room, housekeeping, secured underground parking, and Internet. The suites will be available for daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly rental, with no long-term commitments required, states a company press release.

Read the full article here.

FFFA! Cancelations, Condos, Concern

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Here we are at Friday again. That means it’s time for our regular end of the week news roundup and open topic discussion thread.

It’s Friday Free-for-all time!

Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-Judge kills Yaletown land swap
-Labour participation drops
-Oil crash bad for BC labourers
-Condo cancelations in Toronto
-Toronto and Montreal best cities?
-Dodge warns on bank profits
-Another retailer exits
-Brain melting in panic

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

FFFA! income, rates & debt people

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

It’s that time of the week again!

Let’s get to our regular Friday Free-for-all post, this is our traditional end of the week news roundup and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-BC income growth worst in Canada
-Why rate cut may not drop mortgages
-Bankers keep filling the punchbowl
-The Okanagon oil link
-The British Columbia oil link
-Recession? Again?!
-Owners ask for reduced valuations

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Friday Free-for-all! The Jobs Edition

Friday, January 16th, 2015

It’s the end of another work week and that means it’s time for another Friday Free-for-all!

This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

-Target says goodbye Canada
-Suncor plans cuts
-Sony closing all stores
-Bank of Canada warns on economy
-Oil affects housing?
-RE Commissions to fall?
-Vancouver lags on rentals
-House of cards
-Endless HAM chat can end anytime
-Did we say budget surplus? nevermind.
-Alberta considers sales tax

So what are you seeing out there? Post you news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

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