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    Fake Asking Prices

    Well, a) this isn't a ten dollar item we're talking about, B) this isn't an easily replicable consumer product and c) this isn't Walmart we're talking about either. But even if you do want to compare completely incomparable situations, if you saw something on sale at Walmart for well below...
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    St. Clair West

    Is Dutch Dreams moving down the street on Vaughan Road, from north of St Clair to south of St Clair? They've Dutch Dreamsified the variety store building on the corner of Vaughan and Ellsworth - they've put up new multi-coloured shutters, new flags, painted the wood trim outside and they're...
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    Yeah, Royson has never been a lefty. He's more of an urban centrist that can tilt a little past the centre in either direction now and again. You can find him hitching rides on both the St Clair streetcar and the gravy train. Royson fancies himself a bit of an institution at city hall - he...
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    Toronto | Eight Forty on St. Clair | 29m | 8s | Worsley Urban | RAW Design

    I'd prefer some retail too, but given they're proposing retail right across the street at the "Nest" condos and there's a fair amount of empty retail east of Wychwood and west of Arlington, I can see why they just went for the housing. I'm sad about losing the KFC across the street.
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    St. Clair West

    Anyone know if Wychwood-Davenport Presbyterian Chuch sold? North-east corner of Wychwood and St Clair. There was a "for sale" sign up for a while over fall and winter.
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    St. Clair West

    It's not the stop spacing. Each one of those stops serves a specific catchment area: Christie services the Humewood crowd and the bus-transfers to the Christie line, Wychwood services the barns are the Hillcrest crowd, Vaughan Road is essentially a funnel for people (and traffic) onto St...
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    I'm not suggesting that the real estate board's assertion is legit, but is it possible that the land transfer tax is discouraging moving up the "property ladder" since it increases the transaction costs significantly beyond the first purchase?
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    And I think that's a fair post. I don't disagree with that in any way. My main disagreement is that in the open auctions the chance for misinformation or fraud is slightly more difficult but far from impossible so we better know what we're getting into aside from that aspect. I think it all...
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    Why is the original agreed-upon price from the article (the one with a 75 grand above-list bid) not "fair market value"? I'll give you credit, at least you put it in quotations unlike many others. The sellers were willing to pay that much, I guess they felt it was affordable, they obviously...
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    Oh please spare me Josie. She messed up, and messed up big and she's trying to cover her you-know-what before the clients realize that she didn't do her job properly. Bid based on worth, personal finances and price tolerance, not how many other people are in the auction. Even then, she let...
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    I've always found that a bit funny too. $750 to fill out forms. Ouch. I'm certainly not looking forward to forking over a percentage of my return if/when I sell my house and am definitely open to new compensation models. But I don't begrudge them a decent living - I'm sure there are lazy...
  12. J

    The Housing Market needs to crash.

    The percentage of detached home living is relevant because at these rates it shows that detached home living is not currently a luxury, particularly in the burbs. Expectations are also relevant because they influence other choices. The world may not change if you expect something, but you may...
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    The Housing Market needs to crash.

    The personal pet peeve of mine is transit costs. One person taking the GO Train and TTC into work from somewhere like Oshawa or Burlington can cost 400$ a month. And you'll still need your car. I love the burbs but ouch. But it was was average working people expected to own, or were told...
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    The Housing Market needs to crash.

    Agreed - suburbs are deceptively expensive. You pretty much can't find a three-bedroom detached house under 375 000$ in Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, most of York Region and the megacity - other than some isolated houses in Weston two pockets in Scarborough. Yeah, 375 and deatched are...
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    Rob Ford's Toronto

    The generation of energy and issues of waste/effluent from industrial production processes are problems for both types of bags. I believe AoD is probably correct with his Trojan Horse comment but don't know that the courts would strike it down given the other things municipalities have been...
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    Rob Ford's Toronto

    The worry over the biodegradable bags is misplaced. They aren't really all that great since they just breakdown into little tiny plastic particles anyway. Compostable bags are a different story - those shouldn't be banned. But it all depends on the standards as some of the compostable...
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    At my high school, both of those were required! And in French! (if you were in that program)
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    Baby, we got a bubble!?

    The market wasn't any less or more 'free' before Fall of 2009 it just took a different tack based on new government decisions at the time. It's not like the government only started regulating and implementing monetary policy post crash
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    Policing Attitudes

    Actually former acting chief Mike Boyd was Miller's choice but the Board chose Blair instead. Boyd is now in Alberta I think
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    Rob Ford's Toronto

    Not in response to you, but in case anyone is interested - the Globe and Mail's federal endorsement record is as follows: Liberals: 8, Conservatives: 16, no-one: 2. Since 1970 it's been 4:9 Lib:PC. Federally, their leanings are clear. Provincially, it's closer to 50:50. I would agree with...

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