Last week saw the destruction of one of the first buildings built at the UBC campus to make way for a new high-end condo development.
The Vancouver School of Theology’s Chancellor Building, inspired by English architecture, was built in 1927 and was one of the first major structures to be built at the Point Grey campus.
The chairman of the Theological Neighbourhood Planning Group said it was a “painful decision” to demolish it, but says the school needs the money to renovate its main building.
“We had to make a judgment call between this building and the other building, because one of them had to help pay for the other,” said Bud Phillips.
There are no heritage protection guidlines on campus and UBC is not answerable to any municipality. Those clinging to the past should keep in mind that everything new eventually becomes old, and UBC’s heritage condo stock will flourish in the far-off future.
article on cbc
Say you own a condo in Vancouver and a house in Ottawa.. If you’re an MP that needs to move back and forth than you might need a little extra help covering those bills right? Well no problem! It turns out that MP’s get a $75 per day meal allowance that can be used to pay down the mortgage.
The per diem is in addition to a $25 daily accommodation allowance MPs receive year-round if they own a second house or condominium in the capital, and using it to buy a home is allowed despite a rule forbidding mortgage payments from a separate $24,000 expense allowance.
Combined, the per diem and the accommodation allowance could add up to $17,225 a year for house costs and mortgage payments if an MP spends only four days a week in Ottawa while Parliament is sitting.
The $25 daily accommodation allowance is available without receipts throughout the year as long as the MP does not rent out the residence.
Though the $75 per day comes from a meal allowance, I think it should be noted that eating houses is ill-advised and can lead to indigestion and nausea.
Interesting article in the New York Times about owners refinancing with adjustable rate mortgages. $400 billion worth of this type of mortgage is resetting this year in the U.S., next year it’s set to be one trillion dollars worth.
It is the latest twist in the gravity-defying world of the high housing prices and exotic low-rate mortgages: As monthly payments on adjustable-rate mortgages are starting to balloon, many Americans have found a way to put off the day of reckoning.
They are refinancing with new adjustable-rate mortgages that keep monthly payments low â€” for now, that is, though their payments will likely rise even higher in the future.
I guess it will be easier to pay the full load of debt in the future?
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