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Ask David Eby anything at noon today

David Eby is definitely one of the most vocal politicians in Vancouver when it comes to issues around housing.

Have you ever wanted to ask him a question?

Now’s your chance. Eby will be hosting an ‘ask me anything’ thread on reddit today at noon (June 22nd)

His first comment on that thread:

I’m looking forward to it. A bit nervous, I’m expecting challenging questions on this important issue. I’ll do my best to answer, or to find the answers for you. I’m also interested to hear suggestions for policy opportunities and what you think needs to be done to respond to the housing crisis. See you then!

Let us know in the comments below if you spot anything note-worthy.

David Eby AMA June 22nd 12pm on Reddit.

 

Pity the detached home-owner

There’s a lot of angry young people in Vancouver, people who think they deserve to be able to afford a home in this specific city.  A few of the angrier ones would like to make the issue all about race, but I guess if you’re of a certain kind of mindset EVERYTHING can be about race.

It wasn’t always like this.  Vancouver used to be a nice small town where the average income would be able to to stretch and afford a local detached home.  Wouldn’t it be great to have gotten in at that time?

Maybe not.  After all, It’s not these owners fault that property prices have gone up and up and property taxes have nudged up a bit as well.

Fortunately if you’re in this group the mayor of North Vancouver has got your back.

Mr. Mussatto said this week that he would like the province to look into separating single-family houses from condominiums and multiple-unit dwellings so owners of single-family houses could be charged a lower tax rate.

The mayor argues that while the value of single-family houses has skyrocketed in recent years, the value of condos has remained relatively stable. “If you’re a condo owner, your taxes may indeed be going down this year, because condos didn’t go up much or they didn’t go up at all compared to single-family homes,” he told me in an interview. “The bottom line is that there are some people who are getting hurt pretty significantly and I want to make sure that we’re fair with the tax system so everybody pays their fair share.”

Read the full article over at the Globe and Mail, and then if you’re so inclined go back to your racist rantings. That’s sure to be an effective way to change the way things are and get everybody on your side.

Friday Free-for-all! May 26th 2016

It’s the end of another work week and you know what that means…

It’s Friday free-for-all time here at VCI. 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:

Housing market concerns at BOC
Broker Economist on concerns
Vancouver ‘freakshow’ market
Peterborough up 24% YOY
Save for 23 years
4 out of 10 caught short on money
lack of compliance on money laundering
high cost of ultra-low rates

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

Government complicit in fueling housing crisis

A recent report out of SFUs school of public policy is generating headlines that are rather extreme:

Foreign buyers crushing Vancouver home dreams as governments do little.

“People recognize what’s going on, and they’re willing to call a spade a spade,” he said, stressing that such views are based on reality, not racism.

His report compiles a number of other studies, including data on home-buying trends, population density, the cancelled immigrant investor program, and American research on the same issue.

Gordon said his report blames Vancouver’s housing crisis on foreign buyers, particularly from China, because “this is where the evidence points, not because of some anti-Chinese animus.”

Chinese investors have also spiked home prices in the Toronto region, but Vancouver has seen the highest rise in real estate due to the influx of foreign money reaching an unprecedented level in the last year, he said.

Gordon noted that other countries, including Australia and Singapore, have created policies for foreign homebuyers to protect their own citizens but that hasn’t happened in Canada.

Read the full article over at the CBC.

Friday Free-for-all! April 29th 2016

You made it to the end of another work week!

And most of you are still living in Vancouver, which means you love it and find it worth the price. Good job!

With the weekend here it’s time for another Friday Free-for-all, our regular end of the week news link round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.  Here are a few links to kick off the chat:

CMHC: Many markets overvalued
Fed leaves rate flat
Donors top up Clarks’ salary
US Ownership rate falls to 48 year low
Who’s at the open house?
How is Comox?
How is Kelowna?
Danger in the bond market

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