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FFFA! Let’s get this August started!

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Well here we are at the end of another work week. That’s means it’s time for another Friday free-for-all!

This is our open topic discussion thread for the weekend and news roundup. Here are a few links to kick off the chat.

-Genworth nears limit
-Canada should learn from Ireland
-Rich white men decide what’s racist
-US prices fall short of expectations
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So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links thoughts and anecdotes here and have a great weekend!

Friday free-for-all!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Here we are, the end of another week!

And what do you know, there’s been some rain in the rainforest lately.  Well what a bummer.  I can think of a lot worse places to be- like down in the streets, or down in the sewer… or even on the end of a skewer.

Lets get to our open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few links to kick off the chat:

-How to protect yourself from a bubble
-Money into REITS instead of condos?
-City median income to average price
-BC tax revenues drop
-Greenspan: no stop without crunch
-Zillow to absorb Trulia?
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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, July 18th, 2014

Summertime!

And the weekend is nigh!

Let’s do our regular end of the week thing – our news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

Here are a few links to kick off the chat:

-Lenders ‘concerned’ about bubble
-Rent VS. Buy in Canada
-How well managed is the CMHC?
-Canada not immune to a crash?
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So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Are home buyers foolish?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Seems a rather odd question to ask, after all homebuyers have seen a sharp rise in equity over the last several years.

But a sharp correction in the US seems to have split young buyers on the option of buying.

Some see it as a good investment, but there are apparently increasing numbers of young Americans who view property as an anchor limiting mobility rather than a sensible investment.

When Kimberly walked up to the front door of a beautiful, 7,500 square foot colonial, anchored in a terrific cul-de-sac in northern Baltimore County, she said to herself: “All my life I thought this was what I wanted. But as beautiful as this property is, I see nothing but a money pit and a trap.”

The 32-year old congressional aide who was arriving at the house for a charity event chose to satisfy her curiosity by exploring the grand rooms and perfect fixtures, only to finally decide, “Yeah, not only would I never buy an individual house, I’d be shocked if my friends would as well.”

Read the full article over at CNBC.

Friday free-for-all!

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Its that time of the week again!

Let’s do this open topic discussion thread for the weekend.

-well add links when we need shelter from the sun :)

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

Friday Free-for-all 4th of July

Friday, July 4th, 2014

*pow!*

Another weekend is upon us!

Let’s do our regular open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few links to kick off the chat:

-Realtor hunger index at 48%
-creative accounting
-prices of the past?
-risks of overheated market
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So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Condo salespeople have no limits on claims?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Village Whisperer has been following the MAC-gate ‘fake foreign buyer’ story for a while and recently reported the Real Estate Council of BC decision in that case: a temporary suspension and small fine for one Realtor.

But what about the other MAC employees who played rolls in this story, why no repercussions for that deceit?

Here’s the loophole: condo salespeople who are not realtors are not ruled by the Real Estate Council and can apparently make any claim they want before passing a potential buyer off to a realtor to sign the legal documents.

Read all about it over at Whisperers blog.

Friday free-for-all!

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Its 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.

-we’ll add links later! (Hopefully)

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, June 20th, 2014

It’s that time of the week again!

It’s Friday Free-for-all time!

This is when we round up recent news and have our open topic discussion thread for the weekend, so lets get to it.

-CMHC looks to fill gap in research
-Pipeline approved (sort of, kind of)
-Biggest bubble is here at home?
-CMHC to return to lower risk roots
-Targeting the wealthy by an on ramp
-Gay neighbours raise RE values
-Wilmar estate on the block
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So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

Friday Free-for-all-fail!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Remember Friday?

That’s the day when we post our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend – our so called ‘Friday free-for-all!’

Slipped in there with 20 minutes to spare!

What? You’ve never forgotten to update a blog with a regular feature you’ve been running for years?

Here’s a few links to kick off the chat:

-IMF spotlight on booms and busts
-Who wants a depreciation report?
-Steele on whose side?
-Definitely not Poloz fault
-Dutch disease.. is that bad?
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So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

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