REVscene - Vancouver Automotive Forum


Welcome to the REVscene Automotive Forum forums.

Registration is Free!You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today! The banners on the left side and below do not show for registered users!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.


Go Back   REVscene Automotive Forum > Automotive Chat > Vancouver Off-Topic / Current Events

Vancouver Off-Topic / Current Events The off-topic forum for Vancouver, funnies, non-auto centered discussions, WORK SAFE. While the rules are more relaxed here, there are still rules. Please refer to sticky thread in this forum.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-04-2016, 08:45 PM   #6001
GS8
I *Fwap* *Fwap* *Fwap* to RS
 
GS8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: The Fruit Loops
Posts: 1,568
Thanked 3,283 Times in 859 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by westopher View Post
Thats really not that uncommon, or unreasonable in this city. Try and get ahead without some help from your parents. Its not easy. Some people I know work 2 jobs so they can take care of their parents. Some people have kids young. Some people couldn't afford higher education. Some people didn't get lucky, or get any favours.
I've had a pretty good hand dealt in my life all things considered. I also understand not everyone has.
I've been living in Kamloops for 2 months for work and have seriously considered living here for good. The more I explore this city, the more it caters to me. There actually is lots to do provided you're more adventurous. It's going to be weird going back in a few weeks and feeling that suffocation I get from Vancouver.

The housing prices here

Then again, like with others in this thread, my life values are different and do not require leveraging myself directly to Chapter 11 just to own an overpriced patch of soon-to-be dried up grass and dirt with some shitty moldy oldy home attached to it.
Advertisement
__________________
I am lost
Because I am free
GS8 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2016, 08:57 PM   #6002
Hypa owned my ass at least once
 
westopher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: vancouver
Posts: 6,525
Thanked 16,660 Times in 3,592 Posts
Completely reasonable. For me, my career as a chef absolutely hinges on living basically either here, Toronto, Montreal or Quebec city so I'm a bit bound. I'd rather quit what I do and start all over than move to Toronto, and the other two cities while amazing just don't have the landscape or climate I love. It was a hard few years to get in a position where I(we) feel even sort of comfortable financially here, and while money isn't everything, if you are always stressed about money its impossible to be really content. Vancouver is a beautiful city, but for most people it really isn't "worth it."
__________________
98 technoviolet M3/2/5
Quote:
Originally Posted by boostfever View Post
Westopher is correct.
westopher is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2016, 10:16 PM   #6003
Rs has made me the woman i am today!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 4,096
Thanked 1,576 Times in 719 Posts
If your career is not tied to the region and you have no skin in the game (e.g. equity), I see no reason for anyone to stay here.
Tapioca is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
This post FAILED by:
Old 05-04-2016, 10:51 PM   #6004
CRS
ninja edits your posts without your knowledge
 
CRS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 14,286
Thanked 5,396 Times in 1,456 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tapioca View Post
If your career is not tied to the region and you have no skin in the game (e.g. equity), I see no reason for anyone to stay here.
Proximity to family?

I know that this isn't necessarily a big value to some but it is a huge one for others.
CRS is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 12:29 AM   #6005
14 dolla balla aint got nothing on me!
 
IfUCare's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: GVA
Posts: 695
Thanked 1,541 Times in 198 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by CRS View Post
Proximity to family?

I know that this isn't necessarily a big value to some but it is a huge one for others.

Proximity to family is huge, i've been offered 40% more money to work up north. (I'm a Senior GIS tech).
While pondering the offer, my father needed emergency surgery. I wanted to be there for him. From that moment on i decided money isn't the end all be all. As long as i made enough for a roof over my head and food on the table. Then it's all good. When i'm gone, money has no value to me anymore. Why not enjoy the time on earth doing what i love? Making memories with the people i love. Nothing makes me happier then able to cook a meal for my family.

i've come to accept the fact that i'll never own a detached house or even come close. But any situation is what you make of it, you can be bitter or be happy about anything. It's great to own something, but don't over extend yourself to the point where you can't enjoy it.
IfUCare is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-05-2016, 07:18 AM   #6006
Proud to be called a RS Regular!
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 144
Thanked 141 Times in 43 Posts
I quite enjoy living in a bigger city and visiting Vancouver every 1.5 years or so. I'm not gonna lie though, if my parents and all my friends didn't live in Vancouver, I'd probably never go back.
buhdeh is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-05-2016, 07:27 AM   #6007
RS.net, helping ugly ppl have sex since 2001
 
quasi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Cloverdale
Posts: 9,921
Thanked 1,962 Times in 709 Posts
My family (parents and sister) moved 1000's of km's away 3 years ago, only have my son, wife and her immediate family which she's not all that close with except her brother.

If the right opportunity presented itself I would move but it would have to be somewhere that's enjoyable to live it wouldn't be all about the money.
__________________



“The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place... and I donīt care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain't about how hard you hit... It's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward... how much you can take, and keep moving forward. Thatīs how winning is done. Now, if you know what you worth, go out and get what you worth.” - Rocky Balboa
quasi is online now  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-05-2016, 09:24 AM   #6008
I contribute to threads in the offtopic forum
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: not vancouver
Posts: 2,647
Thanked 1,936 Times in 764 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by quasi View Post
My family (parents and sister) moved 1000's of km's away 3 years ago, only have my son, wife and her immediate family which she's not all that close with except her brother.

If the right opportunity presented itself I would move but it would have to be somewhere that's enjoyable to live it wouldn't be all about the money.
more money in some shit hole is easy to deny, but there are loads of amazing places around the world. it's all about finding the right opportunity.

for those that leave, leaving family, it's tough, but that's life, tough decisions that take you places above and beyond.

life is for living and exploring.
4444 is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-05-2016, 09:34 AM   #6009
God of Unce
 
Armind's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: ASOT
Posts: 7,311
Thanked 167 Times in 43 Posts
Are there any new developments around new west area? Slowly starting to do research.
__________________
LOOKING FOR A GRAPHIC DESIGNER? PM ME!
Armind is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 09:53 AM   #6010
Rs has made me the woman i am today!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 4,096
Thanked 1,576 Times in 719 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Armind View Post
Are there any new developments around new west area? Slowly starting to do research.
Here's a good place to start:

https://www.buzzbuzzhome.com/city/ca...ew-westminster

A friend of mine bought a 2-bedroom unit in River Sky for around 370Kish. It sounds like a deal, but beware that many of the 2-bedroom units in this building only have 1 bathroom.
Tapioca is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-05-2016, 12:01 PM   #6011
I HERP TO YOU DERP
 
hypediss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: 604
Posts: 1,164
Thanked 216 Times in 92 Posts
anyone got experience with mosaic?

interested in one of their properties - was wondering if there's any bad rep in terms of build quality
hypediss is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 02:56 PM   #6012
My homepage has been set to RS
 
melloman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: #604
Posts: 2,244
Thanked 2,420 Times in 799 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Armind View Post
Are there any new developments around new west area? Slowly starting to do research.
Lots of stuff waiting for permitting, and the city slowly reviewing.
Looks to be 2-3 towers going up on Columbia St. between 8th and 2nd.

660 Quayside Drive is under review at the moment with a proposal of 3 towers right on the waterfront in the ground level parking lot next to River Market. (Where they are taking down the parkade)

Riversky2 is in construction on Quayside Drive.

And New West Tower 4 is under scrutiny right now yet has plans to build in the near future. (Corner of 10th and Carnarvon)
__________________
Quote:
[17-03, 09:23] Amuro Ray is it normal for my dick to have things growing on it?
Quote:
[15-05, 13:34] FastAnna You guise are like diet coke and I am the mentos
[15-05, 13:34] FastAnna Incredible. How easy it is.
Quote:
Originally Posted by murd0c View Post
I'm scared of spiders... When I see one I toss my cats at it
melloman is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-05-2016, 06:01 PM   #6013
I *heart* Revscene.net very Muchie
 
adambomb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Noitacol
Posts: 3,798
Thanked 583 Times in 209 Posts
I would totally buy if it was 666 Quayside drive. 4th floor too.


me chinese, me love numbers and chicken knees.
__________________
...
adambomb is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 06:07 PM   #6014
Hypa owned my ass at least once
 
westopher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: vancouver
Posts: 6,525
Thanked 16,660 Times in 3,592 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by adambomb View Post
I would totally buy if it was 666 Quayside drive. 4th floor too.


me chinese, me love numbers and chicken knees.
It would probably be 44% less than the other units.
__________________
98 technoviolet M3/2/5
Quote:
Originally Posted by boostfever View Post
Westopher is correct.
westopher is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-05-2016, 06:11 PM   #6015
I *heart* Revscene.net very Muchie
 
adambomb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Noitacol
Posts: 3,798
Thanked 583 Times in 209 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by westopher View Post
It would probably be 44% less than the other units.
I would hope they include a 14th floor. I would rent it to 4444. Then we could be neighbours and argue the merits of renting vs. owning until my head was completely grey.
__________________
...
adambomb is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-05-2016, 07:18 PM   #6016
God of Unce
 
Armind's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: ASOT
Posts: 7,311
Thanked 167 Times in 43 Posts
So what would one have to consider when buying a condo?

I'm a newbie and am slowly trying to pick up knowledge as I am in no rush (deciding to rent vs. saving up for downpayment).
__________________
LOOKING FOR A GRAPHIC DESIGNER? PM ME!
Armind is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2016, 07:43 PM   #6017
Hypa owned my ass at least once
 
westopher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: vancouver
Posts: 6,525
Thanked 16,660 Times in 3,592 Posts
Well the main ones are location, size, and cost.
What is the balance you are looking for?
How long do you want to be there?
Condition, age and maintenance done on old condos.
Builder reputation on new condos.
__________________
98 technoviolet M3/2/5
Quote:
Originally Posted by boostfever View Post
Westopher is correct.
westopher is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-05-2016, 08:05 PM   #6018
NOOB, Not Quite a Regular!
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 40
Thanked 201 Times in 20 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Armind View Post
So what would one have to consider when buying a condo?

I'm a newbie and am slowly trying to pick up knowledge as I am in no rush (deciding to rent vs. saving up for downpayment).
Well obviously it depends on what you want and if it fits your lifestyle (kinda goes without saying). But here are some things to look at. I recently just bought a new condo too so things are still fresh in my mind and I slowly gained new knowledge one step at a time. Below were some things I considered when I was hunting.

1. Size. Are you looking for long-term? Possibly start a family etc? Or just for yourself.

2. Location. Proximity to Skytrain/Canada Line station? Is nearby green space important to you? How's the neighborhood like? High crime rate?

3. Location part 2. Being too close to a station or the tracks can be bad too especially if it's a lower floor as you can expect noise. Also is view important to you? Make sure to do your research on the surrounding areas as there may be future tower developments that could potentially block your current view.

4. Amenities. Fitness room/sauna/pool/lounge/entertainment room? What about other in suite bonuses like air-conditioning, gas cooktop, kitchen island, walk-in closet etc.

5. How many units are in the building? The more units there are, the more people you would have to share the elevator with...it may be minor but still something to consider. Also, if the building has tons of one-bedrooms, then maybe there are more renters instead of actual end users? But I don't have statistics to back this claim up though...lol just a feeling.

6. Pet considerations.

I'm sure I missed a couple of key considerations but this should be a good start for you. Some may not matter to you at all.

Edit: I missed mentioning the age of the building and saw Westopher mention it as soon I submitted mine. Also just want to add that I jumped the gun a little and assumed you are looking at a high rise concrete building (which is what I purchased) so my bad. There are TONS of low rise 4-6 story condos all over the region too.

Last edited by Tomu; 05-05-2016 at 08:10 PM. Reason: Added stuff
Tomu is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-05-2016, 08:51 PM   #6019
Rs has made me the woman i am today!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 4,096
Thanked 1,576 Times in 719 Posts
When you buy any strata unit, you're not buying just a unit - you're buying a share of the complex. I think when it comes to used condos, you really have to do your homework.

I would suggest going to as many open houses as you can in areas you're interested in to get a feel for the buildings. Also, get your hand on as many Form B's as possible so you can learn and understand how buildings are run, the common issues, and what are reasonable fees. You do not need to have a realtor to get your hands on this information - you can simply ask the selling realtor to email you the document package. If you're lucky, you will find depreciation reports which will give you good insight into how buildings are constructed.
Tapioca is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-06-2016, 07:36 AM   #6020
Proud to be called a RS Regular!
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 144
Thanked 141 Times in 43 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Armind View Post
So what would one have to consider when buying a condo?

I'm a newbie and am slowly trying to pick up knowledge as I am in no rush (deciding to rent vs. saving up for downpayment).
Make sure you're aware of all the costs as well.

Monthly condo/maintenance fees
Potential for special assessments
Cost of buying a parking spot (this will also increase your monthly condo fees)
Cost of buying a locker (this will also increase your monthly condo fees)
Lawyer costs
Property transfer taxes
Condo insurance

And if you're living at home right now, prepare to start paying $100-200/month on stuff like internet, hydro, cable (if you need it), etc.
buhdeh is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-06-2016, 09:10 AM   #6021
PM me for my nudes
 
smoothie.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Burnaby
Posts: 3,457
Thanked 3,075 Times in 801 Posts
your mortgage amount is roughly 5x your gross salary.

20% down if you want to skip mortgage insurance

basically save ~80-120k for a down payment, then make sure you can afford all the month to month costs, and emergency funds.

if you can do all that, you're ahead of the game(sorta... hard to stomach), because monthly rent is more than the mortgage payment in all the buildings I've looked at.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by jasonturbo View Post
Too bad it isn't about flipping cars to lose money, I'm really good at that.
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkunkWorks View Post
This wouldn't happen if you didn't drive a peasant car like an Audi...
Quote:
[14-05, 14:59] FastAnna You tiny bra wearing, gigantic son of a bitch
[15-05, 10:35] FastAnna Yeah I was dreaming of those big titties in that tiny bra
Quote:
Originally Posted by westopher View Post
I'd probably blow someone for that 911
smoothie. is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-06-2016, 09:19 AM   #6022
Rs has made me the woman i am today!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 4,096
Thanked 1,576 Times in 719 Posts
^ I find that the affordability/payment calculator on Ratehub is pretty good for estimating your costs.

Most condos in the suburbs will come with at least one parking spot and storage locker. The other costs, such as lawyer fees and property purchase taxes, come with any property you buy. First-time buyers in BC get the property purchase tax waved unless 1) they do not live in the unit for at least a year or 2) the property price is more than $475,000. The only difference in closing costs for strata properties is that you have an estoppel certificate fee on top of your standard title insurance. The cost to close the purchase of a condo, provided that you can claim the property purchase tax exemption, shouldn't be more than $1200-1500.

Condo insurance is difficult to swallow, but it's an absolute necessity. Condo insurance premiums have doubled over the last decade and it's not going to get any better. After speaking to some insurance brokers, there are simply too many buildings going up with sub-standard quality. Water damage is a huge issue in buildings. It's not just due to owner negligence either (like hanging clothes hangers from sprinklers, for example). You have things like washing machines not being properly drained. Whatever you do, you have to make sure that your insurance policy covers the building's (strata's) deductable for various insured perils, such as water damage and earthquake damage. Most buildings have a $25,000 deductable for water damage meaning that if water damage is caused by your unit which affects common property (hallways, for example) and other units, the building's insurance will ask you to pick up the deductable. This is where your insurance policy would then kick in to cover the deductable. I've heard that some buildings with many incidents of water damage can have water damage deductables as high as $100K.

Something else that also comes with condo ownership in BC is almost all buildings will have baseboard heating (unless it's brand new with geothermal or some other central HVAC system). Baseboard heating can get expensive in the winter, particularly if the building has old windows or if the unit has a typical floor-to-ceiling window design. It wasn't uncommon for me to pay $100/month in the winter to heat a 9-foot ceiling unit with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Tapioca is offline  
Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 05-06-2016, 10:24 AM   #6023
reads most threads with his pants around his ankles, especially in the Forced Induction forum.
 
Mr.HappySilp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 8,943
Thanked 1,436 Times in 725 Posts
http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/05/c...ate-vancouver/

Really do you need a reality show about Chinese real estate agent selling house to right chinese @@
Mr.HappySilp is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2016, 10:41 AM   #6024
this is the hardest n***a of all time
 
GLOW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 7,477
Thanked 4,424 Times in 1,775 Posts
Quote:
Vancity Buzz reached out to Focus Media, but the company was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.
just b/c it's vancity i'm thinking they sent an email to focus media 1 min before posting the article online
__________________
Feedback
http://www.revscene.net/forums/611711-glow-1-0-0-a.html

Quote:
Greenstoner
1 rat shit ruins the whole congee
Quote:
[04-06, 11:34]radiomanI'm doing happy hour with bj#3 today
[07-04, 10:27]radiomani need just the tip
[22-12, 08:51]mellomandidnt think and went in straight..scrapped like a bitch
[17-09, 12:07]FastAnna glowjob
[17-09, 12:08]FastAnna I like dat

GLOW is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2016, 12:43 PM   #6025
Revscene.net has a homepage?!
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: East Van
Posts: 1,257
Thanked 410 Times in 204 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tapioca View Post
When you buy any strata unit, you're not buying just a unit - you're buying a share of the complex. I think when it comes to used condos, you really have to do your homework.

I would suggest going to as many open houses as you can in areas you're interested in to get a feel for the buildings. Also, get your hand on as many Form B's as possible so you can learn and understand how buildings are run, the common issues, and what are reasonable fees. You do not need to have a realtor to get your hands on this information - you can simply ask the selling realtor to email you the document package. If you're lucky, you will find depreciation reports which will give you good insight into how buildings are constructed.
With how quickly units are selling these days, will the selling realtor even bother with sending the information package since most are selling with no conditions?
Liquid_o2 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Revscene.net cannot be held accountable for the actions of its members nor does the opinions of the members represent that of Revscene.net