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Friday Free-for-all! August 26th 2016

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

This is our regularly scheduled 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:

Royal Bank ‘closely monitoring’ housing
CIBC can weather housing crash up to 30%
Pumping Tax Free Zones
Metro house sales plummet
Home sales down 63% in first weeks of August
Foreign buyer tax in four charts
How can Vancouverites afford to buy?

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

Vancouver ain’t what it used to was going to be

Two former city planners who were fired by councils over differences of opinion are in the Vancouver Sun complaining about a lack of planning.

That would be a lack of planning for future city growth.

They are joined in their concern by a third former city planner who retired in 2006.

“I come back to Vancouver and more and more I worry that here we have become incredibly complacent about the future we are going to face,” said Beasley. “To me there is no question. I don’t feel vague about it, I don’t think it is unknowable, we are going to have a big affordability problem in this city. That affordability could in fact be the defining reality and image in this city by 2050. It is already becoming the alternate image of this city that goes along with the beauty and all that.”

He said the region needs a “brand new” metropolitan plan, “a plan that thinks about the issues of the future, a plan that is not shy, a plan that does not have parameters and you can’t talk about this and you can’t talk about that. And until we get that plan, we are not going to solve the problems of the inner city, the affordability, our heritage program, our culture, whether we have enough office space. We just are not going to solve it unless we get a much broader concept of our metropolitan core and we get a plan for it.”

Toderian said in his term as planning director he tried to start a new citywide plan but could not get past “obsolete” local neighbourhood plans that have only made the problem worse.

Can you plan a great city, or can a great city just happen in a pretty place?

Friday Free-for-all!

It’s the end of another work week and that means its time for another free-for-all post.  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:

Why falling house prices aren’t bad
What impact from the new rules?
OSFI Credit Union loop-hole
Absurd property of the week
‘Just under a million’ price drops
Expert rips Mayors housing report
Fellow realtors complain to Keith Roy
What does Cameron Muir think?
Canada house prices not sustainable
Affordable housing needs replacement
Will we always have leaky condos?
We ain’t Paris

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

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Friday Free-for-all!

It’s the end of another week and that means it’s time for the free-for-all, or regular end of the week news round-up and open topic discussion thread. Here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

Vancouver housing slows to crawl
Telus Garden sold out?
Maybe not so sold out. 
Inventory growth slows (chart)
Metro van sees sharp sales drop
REBGV Press Release (PDF)
Agent grumpy about bubble talk
Housing bubble sentiment chart
1980’s all over again?
Senators grumpy with Carney
Housing market pumps GDP
Australia down 10%
China’s ‘epic’ property bubble

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