Crack Shack or Mansion

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Krista - posted on 05/09/2010

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That is regoddamndiculous, Carol! But yeah, Vancouver's beyond nutty. It's not like that everywhere in Canada.

In Halifax, this is what you get for $1M:

http://www.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.as...

Right in the city, you can get a nice 3bdr semi-detached or condo for under $200K.

If you move out to a smaller town or rural area, the prices go down further. In Truro, Nova Scotia, which has a population of about 25,000, you can get a really nice detached house for under $175K.

Our house was a bit of a different situation. We built it, and self-contracted, so that saved us a bundle. And my father-in-law built all our kitchen cabinets and gave us the land. So we have a 1800 sq foot house with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, on 4 acres of riverfront property. It wound up costing us $188K, but would have been a lot more if we had gotten a general contractor. We want to stay here forever, but IF we wanted to sell, we could probably get $325K for it.

Emma - posted on 05/09/2010

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The only bit i did myself was gutting the place, all the new stuff i got people to do, saying that i spent a lot of time planning it just so as to get it done ASAP so if you add the planning time in it was probably longer

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Well if you are a do-it-yourselfer it could be a long process.



We want the guy who made our bathroom cabinets to do our kitchen cabinets. It took two weeks to get those and there are at least 4x as many kitchen cabinets. Takes so long because we did all the staining and installation ourselves. Also, the bathroom counter top took 3 weeks from the time we ordered to be installed. So I'm thinking at least that long for kitchen counter tops. Appliances shouldn't be so bad to order and have installed. We'll probably paint the kitchen ourselves which could take more than several days with a two year old and a crazy work schedule. And then the floor will take several more days unless we pay someone. But we'll do it ourselves I'm sure. Our bathroom tiles that we did ourselves took about 2 weeks from ordering to installation.



So, if you do it all yourself like we plan to, it will take a while.

Emma - posted on 05/09/2010

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Dose it take that long to do a kitchen ?
I gutted my old one updated the plumbing and electrics re tiled and painted and had a new kitchen fitted in a week and a half, ok but i was on site the whole time to make sure they where not slacking, im a heard task master lol

Rosie - posted on 05/08/2010

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lol, sara!!



i loved my house the minute we walked in. the moulding, the way everything just felt like a nice cozy HOME. we've taken up the carpet and unfortunately we couldn't save the hardwood underneath, previous owners did some screwed up things to it. we put laminate flooring down. we painted the cupboards, and put knew handles on them to freshen up the kitchen and it made a huge difference. i bought a HUGE fridge. it's got french doors on top and bottom freezer drawer, we had to take off the doors to get it in the house, don't want to move it again!!. i bought a new faucet when we moved in almost 3 years ago and it still hasn't been put in, grrrr! i wanted new countertops as well, but i want to replace the cabinets first. they look like they were handmade. very square box-like things. i can't convince chad yet to let me redo the kitchen, i need to work on him some more, lol!

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Kati, you are so totally the atheist, liberal, yankee ME!

The last house we lived in was much like you just described. It was an old family home built in the 1930's. Jason's uncle is the owner and his last renters totally destroyed the place. So the gave us a deal. He would let us live there rent free if we fixed it up so he could rent it again when we moved out. It was 900 square feet with 2 bedrooms and one tiny bathroom.

I loved that house! Hardwood floors, wide baseboards and molding, quaint. BUT, the floors were rotting. I walked into the dining room with high heels and my heel totally punctured the floor! The electrical wiring needed to be updated, but luckily my husband's dad and brother are both electricians and they determined it safe for us. We did replace the kitchen counter top and painted the cabinets. That made a world of difference and wasn't as expensive as you might think. And the closets! Oh my goodness, the closet in Eliza's room was literally the size of the door. The closet in our room was a bit bigger, but we still each needed a dresser and storage bins to fit out of season clothes. So I feel you!!!

Okay, so our current home was a steal in our neighborhood and town. We were planning on living in the first house until after the birth of our second child. We loved living rent free. But we happened upon this house by chance (or God if you believe!) and couldn't pass up the deal. It was built in 1959. The bedrooms and living room are good enough as is. We did take up some shag carpet (to find hardwood floor underneath!), but other than that no problems. We were able to renovate the bathrooms before we moved in. Husband is pretty handy! But the kitchen! Oh, the kitchen! 1959 appliances! Haha, it's been interesting.

Our plan for renovating the kitchen: Put everything in boxes except the crock pot and gas powered portable camping stove (about $70 at a sporting goods store if you are interested). We are lucky enough to have a small refrigerator in the laundry room (which is next on the list to be renovated). So we will be okay with cooking and storing food on a short term basis. We'll use paper plates, which I hate, but you do what you have to do. Where there's a will, there's a way!!

Rosie - posted on 05/08/2010

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i have a 1300 sqft, 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath house. it cost $89,000 when we bought it. it was built in the year 1900, and apparantly they weren't too concerned about closet size back then. my closets are TINY. it has ancient electrical wiring (knob and tube), but it's in good condition. the kitchen needs new cabinets and countertops, but that will probably never be done. i think we would need to tear down the plaster walls and put up drywall, and we would definitely HAVE to redo the electric. it's local code to redo electricity that is not up to code with a kitchen remodel. i'm afraid all of this would cost waaay to much to do. plus, i don't know how people go without a kitchen for a month, what do they do with all their food and where do they put their appliances? let me see if i can find a picture for a house that goes for a million where i live.

http://iowarealty.com/cedarrapids/buying...

Isobel - posted on 05/08/2010

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Perhaps that has something to do with the size of the city though...I know somebody who is paying something close to $15,000 for rent on a three bedroom apartment in New York City

C. - posted on 05/08/2010

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Well I have lived in both city and suburb throughout my life in various states and my parents never had to spend that much for a home to house 4 kids, a dog and two adults (at times 3 adults b/c my late Grandmother came to live with us for a while). That's why I said I was glad to be an American..

Isobel - posted on 05/08/2010

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Houses in my neigbourood go around a millionish (we've got the tiniest place on the street and it's in the sixes. But it's at Yonge and Eglinton (arguably the exact center of the city)

If I were willing to move half an hour away I could have a mansion for 300 000. It's not about America or Canada, it's about city or suburb.

C. - posted on 05/07/2010

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Mine said 9 out of 16 right :(

Holy cow.. I had heard it was expensive up there, but dang! That's insane! One more reason I am proud to be an American.. (No offense to any of the Canadians on here)

Emma - posted on 05/04/2010

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My windows are always open l cant take stale air its horrid,
Im one of those mad people who think the hotter the better. I used to live in the Karoo and in summer it was not unusual fro the tar on the roads to start melting very hot, i love it mad i know my hubby jokes im reptilian lol

LaCi - posted on 05/04/2010

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i can do open windows all the time in spring fall and most of winter. I always feel the need to open them in the mornings though, just to let fresh air in for a while. ;/ Stale house air is no good.

LaCi - posted on 05/04/2010

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we're usually in the teens through 30's in the winter, fahrenheit, sometimes drops lower, very rarely below 0 nowadays. Summers usually in the 80s, 90s and 100s. I'm content 40-70. the house can't be out of that range or I'll be in a TERRIBLE mood ;)

Emma - posted on 05/04/2010

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Just call me cheep i open all the windows in summer and put a extra layer on the kids in winter lol :-)

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We have central AC and heat. We only had window units in our last house, so we upgraded a little!

Our temps range from 30 f in the winter (rare) to 110 f in summer.

Emma - posted on 05/04/2010

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We range from 10 c (50 f) in winter to 40 c (140 f) in summer

What's yours like ?

LaCi - posted on 05/04/2010

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I wouldn't want to pay to heat or cool it lol. It could make a nice bed n breakfast type place. I like small houses. Less to deal with. But I do love looking at that.

Johnny - posted on 05/04/2010

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Wow! Laci, that place is stunning. I wouldn't want to have to vacuum it though

Johnny - posted on 05/04/2010

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We live in a co-operative so it is really hard to compare the prices. We buy shares in the co-op as a whole and then pay a monthly maintenance fee to cover our group insurance, and all the maintenance costs, etc. It's a nice way to "own" when you can't afford to buy. We have a 3 bedroom townhouse with a basement & back yard. The kitchen needs some serious work, but we've already renovated the rest. A unit about the same size as ours also needing kitchen work but w/ no back yard (although a couple years younger) just sold in the strata development next door. It went for $641,000.

LaCi - posted on 05/04/2010

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If I remember correctly ours is 1500 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, separate dining room, 1.5 baths, carport, brick, very small yard. We bought a foreclosed house after it had been on the market over a year during the housing crisis. It cost $55k, was appraised at $120, which is about average here. Needed work though, bathroom and kitchen needed remodeling-kitchen still needs some work actually, all in due time.

Most houses in the neighborhoods I like are between $100k and $200k. The fancier neighborhoods are usually around $300k, but I find those neighborhoods boring and pretentious, all the houses look the same-mcmansions, if you got drunk and needed to find your house you'd be screwed. If you want a good amount of land you'll spend up to 500k-the highest currently listed on realtor.com is a nice house of 15 acres. There are certain neighborhoods around that run a pretty penny, on top of our tiny "mountains" could cost over a million, and although its pretty, I'll be damned if I spend a mil to look forward to driving down tiny twisty roads with our ridiculous weather ;) No thanks. I take my kids ridden school neighborhood.

Eventually I'd like a nice amount of land, 10 acres maybe, and a little dome house. Thats the goal. My dream house and property won't come near the price of the houses I thought were crackshacks lol.

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oh I guess since everyone else put their house prices I should too.
We have 1,000 square feet on 1/2 an acre for 115,000. But the kitchen has never been updated, including appliances, and the house was built in 1959. That's how we got it for so cheap. We are currently saving to renovate the kitchen. I'm so excited, we love renovating!

Emma - posted on 05/04/2010

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Ok after looking at your guys prices my house was cheep lol
We just bought a 200 sqm (2 152sqf) 3 bed, 2 bath, triple garage, and Office or Aprox $150,000.
Sounds cheep in dollars but it was pricey in rand when you earn rand

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I got 12 right. But I like to watch HGTV.

I'm glad I live where you could actually get a mansion for a million! Not I could ever afford one.

Jenny - posted on 05/03/2010

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I got 9 out of 16.

It sure is outrageous for house here. My 2 bdrm. 980 sq. ft. house with no garage was priced at $330K but we got for a bit less.We rented it for $1300 plus utilities.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/03/2010

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I got 10 right. Those prices and house sizes are pretty much the same here in the Calgary area. Okotoks (where I am) is even more expensive. We were renting a 3 bedroom apartment, one level, 900 sq feet for $975 a month, not including utilities AND the dining room area was uninhabitable due to a leaky roof... The housing prices are RIDICULOUS here.

Emma - posted on 05/03/2010

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I got 15 out of 16 not bad lol

Property prices are high hear in SA we just bought our house and we got it cheep due to the rescission, and that the people where on a dead line to Emigrate, when we looked before the area was way out of our reach price wise,
Thank you Rescission :-)

Johnny - posted on 05/02/2010

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Teresa, if I'm right, you live in Hawaii, which probably gives you a bit of an advantage in this quiz. I hear real estate there is crazy expensive too.

Suzette - posted on 05/02/2010

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I got half right.. haha!! Wow I can't believe how expensive some of those places are!!!

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I only got half right, but I kept clicking the wrong answer by accident. I probably would've gotten 12.... I think?

Rosie - posted on 05/02/2010

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it's crazy!! recently i've been thinking about moving to canada and i started looking on line at some houses cause i'd want the vancouver area orjust somewhere in BC. so i about crapped. there were trailers going for hundreds of thousands. there goes my dreams of living somewhere else. i also looked at hawaii and about crapped as well. i'm stuck in iowa forever, and ever, and ever........

Brandy - posted on 05/02/2010

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That's insane! I live in Alberta, Canada and some of those places would be condemned and torn down here and none of them would go for a million bucks!!

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I got most of them right. After my first few responses I just figured the dingier the pricier.

I've heard it's expensive to live in Vancouver but do houses like that really go for a mil?

Johnny - posted on 05/02/2010

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Good job Sharon! And the pictures in which the cops are raiding the place are kind of easy to figure out, lol.

LaCi - posted on 05/02/2010

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haha. I only got half right.

If there is one good thing I can say about my area, property/homes are dirt cheap in comparison to the rest of the world. Of course, our wages probably reflect that.

Johnny - posted on 05/02/2010

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Real estate in the UK is pretty pricey too I think. There are a couple other places in Canada like this, and I'm sure there are a few in the US too.

I suspect that this is the reason why our schools are in so much trouble. We have an enormous drop in enrollment right now, because no one is having children. Like you said Gillian, if you have more than 1 or 2 kids, working is more expensive than staying home anyway. And when it costs $1600/month to rent a 3 bedroom t/hse to put all those kids in, it kind of deters a lot of people.

Lady - posted on 05/02/2010

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6 out of 17 right, I failed miserably.
After jumping off the property ladder to persue a different life we can no longer afford to buy a house big enough for us all to live in with only one salary comming in that's why we rent. If we move to OZ this should be different but if we stay here we're going to buy a flat first to rent out while we continue to rent as well, then buy more and just build back up. With 4 kids and no relatives near by to help with child care me going out to work just isn't an option!

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