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Lot for sale

August 31st, 2018 — The normal sequence of events on the west side of Vancouver was for houses to be sold, then demolished, new houses built which were then sold but things have changed since the NDP government introduced its speculation tax on second homes. There are now a great number of empty lots for sale such as this one at Angus Drive and 35th Avenue as developers bail out on quickly lowering prices.

Parking lot

June 8th, 2018 — This parking lot at Granville Street and Cordova looks to be slated for demolition. It’s interesting how people complain about how bad traffic is in downtown Vancouver but in this picture the streets are empty especially compared to the photograph below taken at the same corner in the 1970’s.

Pricey 2×4’s

January 11th, 2018 — There seems to be a big disconnect between what BC Assessment thinks a structure on a Salt Spring Island property is worth and what the owners think it’s worth. This house, not the land it sits on, was assessed at $295,000 in 2017 which is a lot of money for a very old run down 1200 square foot house. A few weeks ago the new owners began stripping it to the studs so they can rebuild onto the original building. Assuming the siding will soon go and the roof will be replaced, what remains are the studs, rafters, and joists. I didn’t count them but I will guess there are about 300 and that number divided into the assessed value make them worth close to $3000 each.

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