Monday, February 25, 2013

I'm back...

Had a nice break. Excellent submissions on the Vancouver competition. My favorites:

Vancouver-where you can hike in the morning, Sail in the afternoon,. ski in the evening, or pay a mortgage instead.

Vancouver- Rich, retired, running-from-the-law?- best place you could live

Vancouver- A great place to VISIT
Vancouver, the best place to stay broke and some:=)

Just got back from Hawaii and had a few beers one night with a couple of real, native Hawaiians. Not much love for the tourists or the the 'Mainland... (no not Chinese)..but Americans'! - which include us. "They are either staying at expensive ecologically damaging resorts, or buying the waterfront and waterview condos for the two weeks they come and then rent it out as an investment."

The same properties a native Hawaiian could never dream of buying. Land that may have been expropriated, or bought for a song years ago. "Worse these new land owners are not here to fight the rapacious developers. They are not here to fight the illegal blocking of beach access by resorts and waterfront owners. They just come to play on the manicured, sprayed golf courses and fly back."

I certainly got an ear-full, and it was interesting to find a place where WE are the big buyers, much to the chagrin of some of the locals. In fact the local paper had just run a piece saying Canadians were buying the most investment property, after Mainland US citizens, and as much as all the rest combined (Japan, China, Aussy, Europeans etc)

Heck it is happening everywhere. The Hong Kong residents are complaining about the Mainland Chinese buying everything, even demonstrating about it. Until the bubbles collapse, then people long for the old days.

I will try and remember this fact when I get on my soap-box about the inflow of outside money pricing us out. We are doing it too!

If you are interested in the issue. Hawaii. Land. Independence. will bring you a lot of info on Google like this.


  1. numbers today:

    new 407
    price change 143
    sold 198
    detached 6471
    attached 8138

  2. I watch Paul B's #s every day, just wondering what the difference is. Yours are always much higher for everything.

    1. The search parameters are different, time of the search etc that's all.

      The ratios are usually very close.

  3. You hardly spoke to 'native' Hawaian, because there are none left (pure blooded), or you have to go to Forbidden Island where a few hundreds still live. That's true that their lot is not too lucky, but be realistic, look at places like Philippines which fought a bitter war to become independent from USA only to end begging to come to clean toilets in the same US. Or just take those small Pacific islands-states, dirty poor, remote and left to oblivion and their own devices, with everything shipped in from Australia at exorbitant cost, driving prices sky-high. And no offence, but are you ready to go back from where your folks came from and return Canada to the Natives (I assume you are not an Aboriginal). And again, genetic research shows that even aboriginals came at one point here and exterminated local population....
    History, unfortunately, is a graveyard of nations and cultures - our species is 'sapiens' only by name (sigh)!

    1. I understand the points you are making, however I was not commenting on the merits of the Native Hawaiian case.

      I was trying to illustrate that where-ever you go in the world, someone feels hard done by and that outsiders are getting a better deal, as if being from somewhere entitles us to special treatment. It's is very similar to what many bears (myself included) have been whining about :)

      In fact in Vancouver, nearly half the population was NOT born here. Most are from other parts of Canada, the rest are born in other countries. Therefore there are a lot of 'outsiders', nearly half the population.

  4. numbers

    new 417
    price change 266
    sold 223
    detached 6501
    attache 8155

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    sold 199
    detachedd 6508
    attached 8203

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    168 price change
    155 sold

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    142 sold
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