Out of the Blue

We got a request to include a larger number of stories in our RSS feeds. This has never come up before, but Frans and I chatted about it and there didn't seem to be any reason not to try this. So Frans jumped into the Engine Room and made this so. The number of stories in both our RSS feed and Atom feed are now increased to 100. These feeds are not the most widely used feature here, but if you do use one, please let us know if the change has caused any unintended consequences.

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Simon Says wrote on Jun 25, 2022, 17:02:

Vancouver? Lol, maybe if you're rich AF. Housing pricing is completely out of control.

What? you mean you guys can't afford a 3 million dollar house built in 1912?
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Thanks so much for the RSS Feed changes Blue! So far so good!
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Jun 26, 2022, 07:01
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jdreyer wrote on Jun 25, 2022, 20:22:
Simon Says wrote on Jun 25, 2022, 17:02:

Vancouver? Lol, maybe if you're rich AF. Housing pricing is completely out of control.
That's the case everywhere though. There's a 5.5m house shortage in the US right now that is driving both rentals and prices through the roof despite the prime rate increase.
Not everywhere, but yeah in a lot of places. As I have said before in the middle of boring, flat, Illinois in 17 years the value of my home has gone from $176k to $210k.
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Jun 26, 2022, 03:52
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Simon Says wrote on Jun 26, 2022, 02:40:
There's no "shortage" in the US, not when there are 16 million vacant homes.

The shortage in the U.S. is a shortage of affordable homes, not a shortage of homes in general. There's also the issue that you could have 1,000 unsold open and ready to go homes in bumfuck Iowa and it wouldn't mean anything to a housing shortage that existed in places people actually want to move to (which is basically what that article says without outright saying it).

Around where I live, there's plenty of land to buy if you want to build...but the price of building materials skyrocketed and the wait to get someone to build for you is multiple years even in best-case scenarios right now. There are houses to buy that are sitting empty because they aren't selling; if you can afford houses that are going for 2-3x the average price of homes in the area or more. You can find a number of places here in the $400k-500k range, newly built homes in new neighborhoods all owned by the same company or companies, but I live in a dumpy rural town 30 miles from anywhere where the average price of a home is more like $120k. The people who would actually buy houses here can't afford to move here because of it, and existing homeowners here can't afford to move out because you can try and get the $20-30k more they say your house is worth right now than it was when you got it... but you can't find a house to move to with that amount of money.

There's the added bonus that my property taxes are figured this year as if my house value jumped by $25k, even though I can't sell it and move anyway. On the bright side, I'm sure our wonderful inbred city leaders will waste that on a nice new football field instead of replacing school text books from the 80's like they do every other time they get an influx of cash.

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jdreyer wrote on Jun 25, 2022, 20:22:
Simon Says wrote on Jun 25, 2022, 17:02:

Vancouver? Lol, maybe if you're rich AF. Housing pricing is completely out of control.
That's the case everywhere though. There's a 5.5m house shortage in the US right now that is driving both rentals and prices through the roof despite the prime rate increase.

There's no "shortage" in the US, not when there are 16 million vacant homes.
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Jun 26, 2022, 01:14
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And yeah, Vancouver is priced out of existence for mere mortals these days. Just a quick look at the area I used to live and the cheapest thing listed on Realtor is 2.6 mil - most in the 3 - 4 mil range. Even on the shitty east side there's nothing less than a mil and those are virtual crack houses. I don't know how the rank and file continue to live there - much less why they'd choose to when they'll *never* be able to own a house.

Forgive me if this seems like a dumb question, but am I correct in assuming that those figures are the same in US and Canadian dollars, or is there an exchange rate?

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Jun 25, 2022, 20:35
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jdreyer wrote on Jun 25, 2022, 20:22:
Simon Says wrote on Jun 25, 2022, 17:02:

Vancouver? Lol, maybe if you're rich AF. Housing pricing is completely out of control.

That's the case everywhere though. There's a 5.5m house shortage in the US right now that is driving both rentals and prices through the roof despite the prime rate increase.

It doesn't help that like here the fucking govt's continue to allow people and corporations to snap up housing with no limits. Easy solution, tax the fuck out of anything beyond a principal property. Let those assholes keep their money in the stock market where it belongs.

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Verno wrote on Jun 25, 2022, 18:09:
I wasn't taken with Vancouver when we visited. It rained a lot, we saw a lot of drug use and homelessness. The housing crisis is readily apparent even to a tourist. BC has a lot of lovely places to visit other than Vancouver though, we did some amazing hiking there.

Like any city it depends on where you are. That's all the southeast end trash. I lived and worked in Kitsilano, it's a much more tony area. Rain is mainly Nov-May. The weather is better on the whole because it never gets as hot or as cold as anywhere else in Canada. So, Spring is really like an extended summer, you've got the mountains and oceans and cedar forests right on your doorstep. It's hard to top in that regard.

And yeah, Vancouver is priced out of existence for mere mortals these days. Just a quick look at the area I used to live and the cheapest thing listed on Realtor is 2.6 mil - most in the 3 - 4 mil range. Even on the shitty east side there's nothing less than a mil and those are virtual crack houses. I don't know how the rank and file continue to live there - much less why they'd choose to when they'll *never* be able to own a house.

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Simon Says wrote on Jun 25, 2022, 17:02:

Vancouver? Lol, maybe if you're rich AF. Housing pricing is completely out of control.
That's the case everywhere though. There's a 5.5m house shortage in the US right now that is driving both rentals and prices through the roof despite the prime rate increase.
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I wasn't taken with Vancouver when we visited. It rained a lot, we saw a lot of drug use and homelessness. The housing crisis is readily apparent even to a tourist. BC has a lot of lovely places to visit other than Vancouver though, we did some amazing hiking there.
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Vancouver? Lol, maybe if you're rich AF. Housing pricing is completely out of control.
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Cutter wrote on Jun 25, 2022, 14:53:
I lived in Calgary for a year when I left home at 18. Actually had a really good time there but it was impossible to resist the lure of Vancouver. Weird top 10 list of cities. I'm amazed Berlin isn't on there as it was the best place I went in my trip there and it was the place people in every other place kept telling me to go to, 'Berlin is the place these days.'
Vancouver is in the top 10, would want to move there but I thought they have no housing?

Osaka is cool, always wanted to go there.
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lol. Yeah yesterday my balls were really itchy despite having showered earlier in the afternoon.
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I lived in Calgary for a year when I left home at 18. Actually had a really good time there but it was impossible to resist the lure of Vancouver. Weird top 10 list of cities. I'm amazed Berlin isn't on there as it was the best place I went in my trip there and it was the place people in every other place kept telling me to go to, 'Berlin is the place these days.'
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