Monday, October 30, 2006

old is new

I've been meaning to do this for a while. I have a couple of sheets of paper with listings, MLS #'s, addresses and prices from the spring and summer of 2005 when we were looking to buy a home. I thought that it would be interesting to see if the places we looked at were still on the market - whether they are being flipped, or if they have just plain been languishing for 16 months. I have dozens of old listings in e-mails too. The broker stopped e-mailing us when what we were looking for was over $425k - last winter. I have located a few of the listings already, and will be adding them here as the days go by.

This dream home (v6139521) was one that we looked at last summer (2005). It over looks the SkyTrain in between Joyce and 29th Ave. stations, and was nothing short of a tear-down slum when we viewed it. We were actually embarrassed to be looking at it, and felt dirty when we left.

When we looked at it, it was $349K, and listing v519***. We figured at the time that it was "worth" $249k. Now, it has been renovated, and is listed for $449k (Better hurry!). It does not look to be any different outside, but it might be the same photo as the original listing. Maybe I'll waste a half hour and go and look at it to see the "improvements", and report back.


Van Housing Blogger said...

Great stuff - I'll get a link up to your site as soon as I have a chance.


solipsist said...

Thanks for posting VHB. I'm humbled.

rentah said...

thanks for the site, solipsist..
a nice addition..

are you looking for candidate properties for posts?

solipsist said...

Thanks for posting Rentah.

are you looking for candidate properties for posts?

Sure! The more the merrier. I'm interested in tear-downs, and what replaces them too. I was lucky (?) to have the smashing deal right next door.