A mighty wind

Whether you rent or own, last night was a good one to have shelter. Heavy rain and wind up to 157 km per hour (!) battered this little seaside town, stress-testing our construction and leaving thousands without power (i’m guessing you’re not reading this if you’re one of those). There’s trees down everywhere, the skytrain was down in surrey and a belltower blew off a school house downtown. Looks like the worst of it is over, I just hope this doesn’t mean more turbidity.

This weekends forecast: slushy snow.

New BC Housing blog

Uncertain Buyer has started up a BC housing blog at http://bchousingblog.blogspot.com/ and is off to a great start. This blog is written from the perspective of someone who has just cashed out of the Real Estate market and will be renting for a while as prices are just starting to drop.

He/she covers topics ranging from the difference between renting and buying, mixed messages from realtors, and general BC housing news. If you’re interested in BC real estate this site is a great read and well worth checking out.

repairs: 1025 1027 1029 w. 7th ave.

This little unit on west 7th in Fairview is looking sassy in blue with a bit of an ‘over the shoulder’ effect working for it. The flat roof says ‘I don’t give a damn about the weather’ while the stucco says ‘let the sun shine!’. This is a stylish and daring look, but I can’t imagine that the fully blue view from inside would be all that great.

send your leaky tarp covered condo pictures for the repair photo album to: vancouvercondo.info@gmail.com

Repairs: 1234 W. 7th Ave

Here’s a shot of a dapper white plastic balcony cover at 1234 West Seventh Avenue in Fairview. Looks like this one is getting some attention to its decks on the front. The clean white with wooden framing is a nice change from the dark green mesh or blue tarps you usually see on condo repairs. If we had a sunny day this would also provide shade to these suites.

send your leaky tarp covered condo pictures for the repair photo album to: vancouvercondo.info@gmail.com

How do you afford your rock n’ roll lifestyle?

Apparently the Koret in gastown sucks. This according to Matthew Good, whose blog has a great rant about Vancouver Real Estate:

This building is just a gong show, I can’t believe people in this town pay these sorts of prices for new places like this. My flat is so cheaply built you’d think a 12 year old did it. And it’s not just here, it’s a problem all over the city. No one can afford to buy because most simply buy apartments to flip in an attempt to make money, driving prices up and out of the range of young families that aren’t pulling in half a million dollars a year. One of these days Vancouver’s real estate market is going to crash, and when it does I’m going to build a giant float shaped like a cock in an ass and throw a parade.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m just going out to buy some Matthew Good CDs so he can afford to buy here. I’ve always maintained that if we can’t house our rock stars in style then there’s something seriously wrong with this town.

(apologies for mixing cake with matthew good)