Rate rape

A year ago he accused bankers of fueling a debt orgy with a race to the bottom. That warning from F was enough to cut short the 2.99 Special, offing a mortgage war the cowboys at BMO started. But that was then. This is now. Don’t expect the elfin deity to be throwing out any warnings this time. In fact, he wants it.

BeeMo tried to stir a few moist loins last week by dropping the rate for a five-year fixed home loan by a dime to just below the magical 3% mark. When this happened last spring the bank scored big media coverage, at a time when real estate was skidding into its orgiastic climax phase. Bidding wars were everywhere in Toronto. Asking prices were mere suggestions. Sales in March literally exploded. Sellers were gods. Realtors were rock stars. And this blog, ignored as always, warned about the Vancouverization of 416.

Growled a pissed F to the bankers: “You should be cautious about your lending practices, because this is the type of practice that led to a mortgage crisis in the United States several years ago. So my expectation is that you will not compete to the bottom on interest rates, which is the direction they were going.”

My, oh, my. What a difference a year makes.

Yes, BMO has brought back the 2.99 Special. But Scotia and others have been offering it for weeks already. In fact, if you have a good downpayment, or show a little leg, you can get a five-year, locked-in rate for just 2.95%. A seven-year term can be yours for 3.59%, and you can even lock in for an entire decade at 3.69%.

In fact, bankers are getting downright aggressive, understandable since the real estate market this February is a pale shadow of that a year ago in places like Toronto, Van, Montreal, Edmonton and Halifax. How about this email, sent out to realtors last Thursday by a lady named Nicole, whose title is “Home Financing Advisor, Home Financing Solutions” at Scotiabank:

“Did you know that I can offer a re-finance for your client’s who may be facing a matrimonial break up to 95% of the property value to “buy out” a spouse from their matrimonial home…Helping your clients in this fashion is bound to build good will….and be good for your business.

“Did you know I can show you….and your customer’s who may have some equity or cash to invest…..a way to generate an annual rate of return in the 40% range….yes….I said 40!!  AND not only that…..we can generate YOU some commission in the process!!!   YOU NEED TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION…..and I am happy to sit down with you and show you…and once you see it…..you will want your past client’s to see it also…..email/call me today to set up a meeting.”

Doesn’t this sound more like a Tom Vu commercial, or a Brad Lamb seminar, than an offering from the nation’s second-biggest bank? Is there a whiff of desperation in the air, or is that my hockey bag again?

Banks are scrambling to rekindle the property virgin hormones, now that housing sales have eroded after F kicked the slats out from under the market. Killing off the 30-year home loan had every ounce of the impact I thought it would, shutting out at least a fifth of potential newbie buyers. Meanwhile punting mortgage insurance on listings above $1 million has doused this increasingly critical segment of the market, since buyers now have to come up with a third of the price in cash (including closing costs).

In places like North Toronto and most of Vancouver, it’s serious. Of the 70,000 SFHs in Van, for example, 54% are assessed at more than a million – a number which grew by 50% between 2009 and 2012. This is one more reason sales in VanCity, the Lower Mainland and Victoria are crashing.

The fear in Ottawa, as you know, is whether F & the peckerettes went too far in creaming the market. Given that inflation is now less than 1% and the economy had negative growth at the end of 2012, won’t a weakening housing market just exacerbate the situation? You bet. Of course it will. But a new plunge into more household debt has worse long-term implications.

Given all this, the smart money will stay on the sidelines. Houses will cost less in the future, and mortgages will shrink. If rates rise a little, families will still be better off waiting.

A harder decision is whether people with existing or new mortgages should opt for a radical borrowing – ten years at 3.69%. That means paying a premium of seven-tenths of a point for a long five years, gambling that for the next five you’ll score.

Worth doing? Yes.


#1 H from Canada on 03.03.13 at 7:03 pm

It is still too cheap globally to borrow – only furthering bubbles!

#2 guelphstudent on 03.03.13 at 7:11 pm

Wow, 40% rate of return annually. Even O’Leary is happy with 5%, and this chick is saying 40%. If there is such rate of return why the heck she still has a full time job at Scotia.

#3 Mocha on 03.03.13 at 7:22 pm

Lol, haven’t seen ol’ Tom on TV for a while. He must be a billionaire by now, and it was all so easy!

#4 james on 03.03.13 at 7:29 pm

thanks garth for the comments. we are entering into a renewal and were asking exactly that, do we lock in for 5 yrs (@ 2.99%) or go for longer. with more than 10 yrs left you really think we should lock in for 10 yrs with these type of rates? could you point us towards a graph showing the rates from the past? thanks

#5 Aaron- Melbourne on 03.03.13 at 7:32 pm

From Oz:



#6 Dan on 03.03.13 at 7:32 pm

The same reason you can’t trust a psychic. Why would they be charging you $40 if they could “see” 40% elsewhere.

Nobody has a crystal ball, however all the new Realtor ads and for sale signs in Calgary are a harbinger. There were no such animals when I moved here three years ago.

Had a grey haired guy at work tell me on Friday how he had pulled his non-registered funds from the market to invest in real estate. “Where the real payback is” he said. He must be reading tea leaves…

#7 Blasé on 03.03.13 at 7:32 pm

the question I have is how banks in the U.S. can offer 3.69% for 30 years safely. Makes the ten-year Canadian rate not so risky to the Canadian banks after all.

#8 AK on 03.03.13 at 7:33 pm

“Did you know I can show you….and your customer’s who may have some equity or cash to invest…..a way to generate an annual rate of return in the 40% range….yes….I said 40!! AND not only that…..we can generate YOU some commission in the process!!! YOU NEED TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION…..and I am happy to sit down with you and show you…and once you see it…..you will want your past client’s to see it also…..email/call me today to set up a meeting.”

Unbelievable. I think it’s time to sell the Canadian Bank Stocks.

#9 Angry But Not Unhappy Twenty Something on 03.03.13 at 7:38 pm

I’ve heard that in 5 years the rate for ‘winning out’ on the 10 year fixed mortgage versus the 5 year fixed is around 4.75%

If you care enough to get an exact rate, do your own math.

#10 periwinkles on 03.03.13 at 7:38 pm

Did you find that memo in the recycling @the Scotia Plaza or was it left in the food court?

#11 Calgaryboomer on 03.03.13 at 7:42 pm

I’m third! Thats a first!

#12 Calgaryboomer on 03.03.13 at 7:44 pm

So how come you deleted my comment on Calgary market eclipsing 2007 in Feb the other day? Yet you allow all the other nonsense like “I’m first” That’s significant, isn’t it?

#13 Herb on 03.03.13 at 7:46 pm

Anyone who falls for an ad like that richly deserves it.l

#14 Smoking Man on 03.03.13 at 7:49 pm

What don’t you dogs get..

Youth, the strong, Banksters wana keep the game going and keep thier heads devalue currency, inflate debt away..

How can you not see it, hard assets like real estate. Golden..

Ahhhhhhh the bubble head so much to learn..

Rates low for the next ten years…..

I’m 53 remember my30th party like I woke up and it was yesterday.

Let’s face fellow dogs, I’m due adulation for my contribution here but, your afraid, don’t want to be judged in a negative light by fellow dogs who have not seen the light….

I’m patient, chirp me, don’t care…… I’m smartest Mofo you have ever met.. But your schooling and programming have you confused.

I’m cool with it

#15 Camshaft on 03.03.13 at 7:49 pm

signs of real desperation in the market beginning to show. Am holding cash in the sidelines til sense returns to Calgary. Yet more oil majors deferring projects ( waiting for better days and higher comodity prices ).

#16 Popeye the sailor man on 03.03.13 at 7:51 pm

We just did a blend and extend and are now @ 3.5% for five years with Scotia.

We were 3 years into a 5 year @ 3.99%.

So a half point lower for the next 2 years, and lower what the rates will be 2 years from now.

I’m Happy with these numbers. My first mortgage in 1993 was 9.5%

#17 ChickenLittle on 03.03.13 at 7:51 pm

TENTH!!!! Hi Dr Wayne! :)

#18 DJB on 03.03.13 at 7:52 pm

I am buying some some Jan 2014 puts on a few banks tomorrow. CIBC is the most vulnerable.

#19 Rob on 03.03.13 at 7:53 pm

So I read where Tom Vu is now a pro poker player in Vegas. I wonder if that sends a cryptic message to all those virgins gambling on the condo market these days !

#20 DJB on 03.03.13 at 7:54 pm

Garth no PDAC for you today? Did you not want to go see the speakers that keep touting $5000 gold?

#21 The Prophet Elijah on 03.03.13 at 7:54 pm

I don’t get this inflation at 1%, why the heck does my grocery bill keep going up, either the inflation index is rigged or I should stop shopping at mafia Safeway.

#22 mortgagebrokeron on 03.03.13 at 7:55 pm

2.99 from bmo…. whatever… talk to a mortgage broker, they will get you 2.89

and variable rates are coming in lower too…. prime less .50….. 2.5%

and cashback 100% financing is still available,
so there is still money waiting to be lent out

however a good number of first time buyers are absolutely tapped out after a downpayment and their borrowing ratios are pretty much maxed…

i think this feeling i get is just like the feeling that Wil E Coyote gets when he realizes that in his pursuit of the roadrunner he has been in midair for a half a second and he does not want to look beneath his feet. This is because he is way up in the air and the solid ground is a long long way down.

Borrowers are pushing 44% TDS ratios based on a 3% interest rate….. hence the max monster debt loads.

The mortgage payments are affordable… however its on a lot of debt…

I just can’t see the value of real estate growing any more. for a long time


#23 Smoking Man on 03.03.13 at 7:55 pm

Tuesday biopsie for the little lady, my wife just to Damn perfect. They don’t make Em any better. If it’s bad news, I’m done no more short term rentals. Got to be there for her, promised to not stray for 12 months after the dead, I will keep the promise.

If she’s ok….

Got a mother of a build up. Heaven help the next rental…

#24 EdmKijiji on 03.03.13 at 7:56 pm

Kijiji Edmonton is starting to have more and more listings for condos in BC. It’s kind of a pathetic stretch to think someone searching Edmonton listings is going to impulse buy a condo in another province?

#25 Canadian Watchdog on 03.03.13 at 8:02 pm

Young families looking to lock in long-term

“You can find a house now (in Toronto) for $400,000 – $500,000 now. That is the big trend – people wanting to cash out of their condos,” says Flanagan. “They are having kids, growing up. They want to buy homes, with space – with a yard.”

Moving out of their condos — selling to who?

A harder decision is whether people with existing or new mortgages should opt for a radical borrowing – ten years at 3.69%. That means paying a premium of seven-tenths of a point for a long five years, gambling that for the next five you’ll score.

Pffft. Canada will see a 1.99% mortgage within the next two years. The BoC is mopping up every bond dumped on the market to keep yields heading lower.

Hello from Japan, where home prices fall for decades.

#26 The Prophet Elijah on 03.03.13 at 8:02 pm

Question is at what point will lower interest rates actually have no postive affect on the market.

#27 *NAKED APE* on 03.03.13 at 8:04 pm

Members of our Sober, Second Thought of House will continue to justify their expenses and change the rules to suit their personal agendas. Snouts very deep in the trough these days. Long live the taxpayer! We Senators come FUUUUURRRSSSSTTT……………

#28 Smoking Man's Old Man on 03.03.13 at 8:13 pm

Get-rich-quick plans are great because life is too short to get rich slow…

#29 Turtle on 03.03.13 at 8:14 pm

Current 3-4% rates are still pretty good… take them. When you don’t spend 50% of your paycheck – everything feels in a close reach.

That is the goal and not the best possible rate.

#30 Smartalox on 03.03.13 at 8:17 pm

So, 2.99% for 5 years, or 3.69% for ten. It’s actually pretty workable, but with prices teetering, this is the sucker’s bet. What I want to know is what the banks will be offering in two years time, when I am ready to make a move. Will the coming decline keep them hungry, and keep mortgage rates low for premium, low risk clients, or will the banks chuck in their hands at residential mortgages, and find another sector of the economy to pillage?

Will residential mortgages become a niche product?

#31 Sebee on 03.03.13 at 8:21 pm

If the new Pope is Canadian, he will ask God for a soft landing as first order of business.

#32 Old Man on 03.03.13 at 8:21 pm

Always be cautious about cheap money as it might be a trap, and reminds me about meeting a gal in a hotel who chats me up at the bar, and says sweetie lets take a seat together, as like you a lot. Then she shows me too much leg, so have it all; and says $1000. So much for ex Real Estate sales women who are out of work.

#33 In the cold from Toronto on 03.03.13 at 8:29 pm

What F did 5 years ago was a politically astute (short term) – if economically disastrous (in the long term) – move: instead of having the government go further into debt (like the US did with the stimulus program), F made housing more affordable.

Coupled with the minimal interest rates charged by the Bank of Canada, these two measures had the following consequences:

1. Canada postponed the market crash (already under way at the time of the rules change) and rekindled the RE market, to the point where the market kept going up, up and up some more. Now we hold the (dubious) title of “most overrated RE market in the world” (according to the best magazine in the world – the Economist).

2. Canadians started using their houses as ATMS (HELOCs), and used the money they thus got for the good things in life: vacations, stainless steel appliances, big screen TVs, boobs/nose jobs and new cars. This further stimulated the economy, starting a “Virtuous cycle” that reduced unemployment and bolstered the GDP.

Which then triggered:

3. The conservatives gained a majority in Canada… and proceeded to implement their agenda: new fighter jets, more prisons to tackle unreported crime, 1 billion on organizing the G20, etc., etc., etc..

4. The average Canadian household is now deeper into debt than at any time in recent memory.

5. Middle-aged people postponed investing in saving for retirement (in part because they wanted to help their kids get on the RE gravy train).

6. Carney became almost overnight a banking demigod, and earned the spurs that led him to become the first non-Brit Governor of the Bank of England (I think he is likely competent, but I also believe that he happened to be in the right place at the right time).

We will face the consequences in the next few years…

I am sick of liberals being kicked out of Government (after they placed the country on a solid path to prosperity) by conservatives who then destroy this legacy with their stupid wars on the middle class… This happened both here and in the US (don’t forget we are 3 to 5 years behind).

The only good news is that the liberals will be there to do the heavy lifting once we will wake up, bankrupt and with a big hangover when the party it’s over.

#34 elchavo on 03.03.13 at 8:31 pm

couldn’t tell which pixel was Tom Vu …

#35 Drill Baby Drill on 03.03.13 at 8:33 pm

It will be a very interesting year comming up for Alberta. Due to pipeline choke points and Alberta dilbit differentials many big heavy oil / tar sand projects are going to be pushed into the future. This means engineering companies in Calgary will be cutting employees (already hapening at IMV, Worley and AMEC). When projects are cut back then the field construction eventually cuts back 6 – 12 mths. Watch out below !!!

#36 OwlEyes on 03.03.13 at 8:43 pm

Garth, thanks for those Tommy Vu memories!

#37 TurnerNation on 03.03.13 at 8:43 pm

There’s a chance XIU.TO could break out upwards, here:


*whispers* I think metals will bounce very soon, which will only help the TSX out.

#38 ChickenLittle on 03.03.13 at 8:48 pm

I just looked up Brad J. Lamb up online, and yes, Garth was there too! HAHA!!
I think he looks creepy. If I were at work and he were staring at me I’d freak out and wonder if I would ever see my family again.

As for the interest rates, they may be low, but you still need one heck of a downpayment to buy anything. You may be getting free money, but a $500k house will still cost you a $100k downpayment! Yikes!

#39 AK on 03.03.13 at 8:50 pm

#36 TurnerNation on 03.03.13 at 8:43 pm
“*whispers* I think metals will bounce very soon, which will only help the TSX out.”
Don’t whisper too loud. Gold will be testing $1,500.00 this week.

#40 dosouth on 03.03.13 at 8:54 pm

….and the island continues to sink into the sunset.


#41 Daisy Mae on 03.03.13 at 8:57 pm

#20The Prophet Elijah: “I don’t get this inflation at 1%, why the heck does my grocery bill keep going up, either the inflation index is rigged or I should stop shopping at mafia Safeway.”


…and forgo your airmiles?

#42 Snowbush on 03.03.13 at 9:04 pm

A number of you have commented on the banks. The feeling i get from the comments is that the banks stocks are going to come crashing down.

Seems like analysts were looking for a decline in profit recently but that did not happen, the banks are making their money from other areas.

It was stated on here that CIBC is most at risk, that seems to make sense considering the majority of their business is in Canada.

TD on the other hand has some nice diversification in the US.

Going to be interesting to see where the banks play out this year, they are off to a positive start.

Anyone see 60 mins tonight regarding residential real estate in China, what i saw tonight even scared the you know what out of me. China have built cities after cities with buildings and Malls that are completely empty, not even Canada is that bad.

#43 Grim Reaper/Crypt Speculator on 03.03.13 at 9:07 pm

Dr Wayne has been re-incarnated as a Turtle.

…but his head is still stuck in his Ying Yang( No…not the name of a new Condo Project)

#44 Brew on 03.03.13 at 9:24 pm

@#13 Drinking Man

OMG into the wine tonight are we…?

#45 NFN_NLN on 03.03.13 at 9:26 pm

#36 TurnerNation on 03.03.13 at 8:43 pm

There’s a chance XIU.TO could break out upwards, here:


My reading of the tea leaves is a little different:


It appears to be near over-bought territory?

#46 Steve on 03.03.13 at 9:28 pm

Coming to a city near you


#47 Tony on 03.03.13 at 9:29 pm

Re: #4 james on 03.03.13 at 7:29 pm

Rates are 100 percent certain to be lower in then years’ time. America can only keep on trying to con the rest of the world with their lies. As TLT heads back up and approaches the 140 U.S. level as the rest of the market collapses that will be confirmation of the obvious.

#48 Holy Crap Where's The Tylenol on 03.03.13 at 9:37 pm

Since we are talking so much about dogs, dog I thought this was most appropriate!


#49 Grim Reaper/Crypt Speculator on 03.03.13 at 9:39 pm

” F” on the run….


Maybe we can get him pissed on March 17(everyone wear green) and get him to change things a wee-bit.

#50 Grim Reaper/Crypt Speculator on 03.03.13 at 9:50 pm

Bikini Girls + Waterfalls + 90s Real Estate Guru = Tom Vu


Where Is Tom Vu Now?

After apparently being shut down by the government for his tactics, Mr. Vu can now be found in poker rooms as semi-pro player. Let’s analyze this career move:

How does a real estate guru make money?
By taking it from chumps with illusions of making lots of easy money.

How does a poker player make money?
By taking it from chumps with illusions of making lots of easy money.

You’ve got to hand it to the guy, he definitely knows what his strengths are.

#51 Herb on 03.03.13 at 9:51 pm

#13 Smoking Man,

real estate as a “hard asset” – your best one yet. Keep ’em coming.

#52 Mister Obvious on 03.03.13 at 9:52 pm

I wonder if any of those bikini girls ever took one of Tom Vu’s seminars so they could write their own ticket instead of doing the bimbo thing for union scale on board his crappy little runabout.

BTW, it was a stellar weather day in Vancouver. It gave me a chance to get out and rearrange the deck chairs. See y’all on the bottom.

#53 Vangrrl on 03.03.13 at 9:54 pm

Probably of interest to this crowd:
(shoddy home inspections and bad renos)
Also, Doczone had a good one a few days ago on The Boomer Revolution; touched on real estate/Boomer downsizing.

#54 Grantmi on 03.03.13 at 9:54 pm

#3 Mocha on 03.03.13 at 7:22 pm

Lol, haven’t seen ol’ Tom on TV for a while. He must be a billionaire by now, and it was all so easy!

Nope.. went on to poker.



#55 Herb on 03.03.13 at 10:04 pm

#41 Snowbush,

yes, saw 60 Minutes. The money was made in building and selling – and after that, the deluge (better, Tsunami).

The domestic and international effect will depend on who will be left holding the bag. Is China rich enough to bail itself out?

#56 Country Girl on 03.03.13 at 10:10 pm

40% annual return for the investor and commission for the realtor? Nicole must be promoting Smoking Man’s condo-brothel idea.

#57 The Man From Nantucket on 03.03.13 at 10:10 pm

Doesn’t seem worth taking the ten year term at 23% premium……that’s fairly steep in terms of what it does to your monthly payment and cost of borrowing.

It’s tempting to lock in at historical lows, but I just hate the thought of paying more for the first five years and risking a huge break penalty if I need to sell

Take the lower rate, invest the difference, and later on, if it makes sense to, use your portfolio to whack the principal before renewing at whatever the higher rate is.

#58 Karie on 03.03.13 at 10:11 pm

Our mortgage is up mid April. I was going to go one or two years! What if we ever wanted to sell and rent? Right now we have prime minus .75 and the bank is offering us just prime this time around. Now that I’ve read this, I’m not sure what to do – still have a little time to decide!!

#59 george on 03.03.13 at 10:22 pm

“Of course, CHMC is the 800-pound gorilla (actually, a 600-billion-dollar monkey) of the mortgage insurance business, underwriting the lion’s share of high-ratio, high-risk mortgages on houses bought by people who have no money. Because CMHC stands behind lenders like BMO or CIBC, it takes away their risk in the case of default. That means banks have no reason not to give money to people they’d otherwise laugh out of the branch.”


#60 Notta Sheeple on 03.03.13 at 10:27 pm

“……In fact, bankers are getting downright aggressive……”

Canadian Banksters must be going through some serious withdrawal symptoms from the crack cocaine of ten years of easy money. Having just received their annual booklet of Banking Fee ‘changes’ (they never have the balls to print the word ‘increases’ in the booklet) from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Criminals, whom I dumped a long time ago, it’s interesting how these fee ‘changes’ relate to the Canadian annual inflation rate.

January (annual) inflation rate: 0.5%

– Line of Credit over limit fee: $29 (up 45%)
– Safe Deposit Box fee: $125 (up 25%)

And, NEW monthly account fees, that used to be free:
– quarterly account statement fee: $0.50/mo
– monthly account statement fee: $2.00/mo

And, cancelled cheques not longer returned
– ‘imaged’ cheques now returned: $2.50/mo

And…..wait for it…….new rules how interest will be calculated in a ‘leap year’ (Apparently, Banksters have been missing out on that one day of interest that happens every 4 years. Who knew?).

BANK: The original 4-letter word.

#61 In the cold from Toronto on 03.03.13 at 10:29 pm

#57: Karie:

Best: sell now.

Second best (distant): take the variable for two years.

#62 Ralph Cramdown Ⓤ on 03.03.13 at 10:46 pm

#57 Karie — “Right now we have prime minus .75 and the bank is offering us just prime this time around.”

What are you offering the bank? Are you offering to move all your business elsewhere (assuming you have significant business besides your mortgage) so they don’t have to worry about it? Are you offering them the chance to match better rates that you can find posted on the internet? If you don’t like what they’re offering, offer a mortgage broker the chance to work for you.

Gee, can you tell I’ve sold out of my bank stocks?

#63 claudius emperor on 03.03.13 at 10:48 pm

Enforcing low interest rates thru money printing distorts the market determination of interest rates.

If the bond market was to determine the real interest rates as to correspond to the current high inflation (yes it is not 1-2 but rather 6-8 percents) and CHMC did not exist house prices would have been 35-40 percents of the current sky-high valuations.

Surpressing real interest rates comes at the expense of the savers and retirees (bye bye pension plans) and the taxpayer that takes the risk and would ultimately subsudise the fallout of CHMC

So in the years to come:
1. Don’t come even neare government or municipal bonds
2. Don’t be a saver, invest instead
3. prepare for being screwed with taxes, so try legally to minimize your tax exposure

The fact that the central banks and governments enforce this crime (in fact this is stealing from savers and pensioners) thru the manipulation of interest rates and by imposing risks on ta payers and tryes to hide the fact of the foreclosure numbers mounting is a very serious warning of what is to come.

#64 robert james on 03.03.13 at 10:50 pm

Chinese real estate bubbles insanity !!! What a waste of resources !!!! http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142079n

#65 claudius emperor on 03.03.13 at 10:51 pm

BTW this is worse than socialism, in socialism one has a guaranteed work.

#66 Gunboat Denier on 03.03.13 at 11:09 pm

50 Herb – I dont get it. RE is a real asset which is a subset of hard assets. No?

#67 jan on 03.03.13 at 11:22 pm

#33elchavo on 03.03.13 at 8:31 pm
couldn’t tell which pixel was Tom Vu …

You’re awesome, a tiny one indeed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

#68 David on 03.03.13 at 11:35 pm

Tom Vu used to be one of the staples of late night cable television along with Peter Popoff Ministries preaching the Prosperity Gospel and Joe Francis’ Girls Gone Wild DVD series with the nubile college sirens on spring break.
Aggressive interest rates will not work at this point in keeping the bubble alive.

#69 Saskatoon-Living on 03.03.13 at 11:41 pm

Feb. sales in S’toon………….Ouch!!!!:



#70 Turtle on 03.03.13 at 11:42 pm

#42 Grim Reaper/Crypt Speculator

Dr Wayne has been re-incarnated as a Turtle.


That is funny.
It is not Dr Wayne, it is RETIRED Dr Wayne’s Doctor.

Dr Wayne is back to normal, so no need to be his Doctor anymore.

#71 eddy on 03.03.13 at 11:45 pm

landgrab holdouts in china


#72 Nostradamus Le Mad Vlad on 03.04.13 at 12:04 am

“. . . he accused bankers of fueling a debt orgy with a race to the bottom.” — Surely one could not expect that shriveled piece of ravioli to stand up in the HoC, point a finger at himself and say, “I was responsible for the present debt orgy!” That’s just not cricket, is it?!

“Growled a pissed F to the bankers: BeeMo tried to stir a few moist loins as skidding into its orgiastic climax phase.” — Mathematical jargon turns F on? Thank oDg it’s way beyond my level of comprehension!
#200 Canadian Watchdog — Exc. links.

#202 Timing is Everything — Hi TiE and thx. for the link.

I made the right choice in switching to curried chicken pie as well as homemade shepherd’s pie. At least I know what I’m eating!
#8 AK — “Unbelievable. I think it’s time to sell the Canadian Bank Stocks.”, #41 Snowbush — “The feeling i get from the comments is that the banks stocks are going to come crashing down.” and “Is there a whiff of desperation in the air, . . .” — Such as this — TPTB know something us up Otherwise they wouldn’t be running off and hiding like scared cats. Money has a role to play in all of this, and Soros Three guesses as to who (basically) killed Japan’s economy. Hint: He is now bankrolling Obomba, and will end up taking the US the same way as Japan; Pissed Off An excellent retort from a lady teacher to a politico. Right on the money with this; Sequester BS The middle class is losing what they once had, and 6:24 clip Wealth inequality in the US; Economy This horse needs a rider; Payday and Rollover Loans Curbs coming soon; Anonymous Sharing Wall St.’s CEOs, etc. personal stuff with Twitter; Italy Viva la nutballs! gdO’s racket Shut the Vatican Bank. Is it any wonder Pope Benny quit early? Plus Money was the prime reason behind all the others listed here.
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#73 too much debt on 03.04.13 at 12:08 am

#63 Robert James

Chinese real estate bubbles insanity !!! What a waste of resources !!!! http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142079n – See more at: http://www.greaterfool.ca/2013/03/03/rate-rape/#comments

This will affect all cities in China, and of course Richmond too. My friend who is Chinese and has wealthy family and friends in the China told me how his aunt is circumventing the one condo rule by buying multiple condos in her relatives names. She has done this many times over. This will not end well and Canada will suffer immensely, not just our property market buy all of our natural resource sectors as well.

#74 Edmontonian Here on 03.04.13 at 12:27 am

A real up-tick of condo & housing rentals here in Edmonton. Most of the listings are right in Edmonton with a population of 700,000.00 it seems there are a real uptick of listings over 18,000 in the Real Estate Section:
apartments, condos (3598)
house rental (2396)
room rental, roommates (3187) …….
and so one….

#75 Tom Vu on 03.04.13 at 12:42 am


If you buy egg roll ……I throw in 2 condos…maybe a blonde….

#76 Gunboat Denier on 03.04.13 at 1:04 am

73 Tom – thats brond you ruzer

#77 Slightly less foolish on 03.04.13 at 1:09 am

Garth – I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for this blog and this very timely post.

I’ve been reading your blog since June, shortly after selling my condo in Mtl. I heard about the new mortgage rules – and being completely oblivious – I had to ask myself why they would do that? I was planning to buy now in the GTA and after some googling, I read all about the “Manhattanization of Toronto”. Umm… yeah. Ok. So I continued my search for someone speaking sense and this is when I found your blog.

This week, I got a cold call from an “investment advisor” at the bank. They saw I had some money (creepy!) and wanted to help. I explained that was my house money but that I was concerned about the housing market and wasn’t planning to buy just yet. Oooh… that got him excited. He asked if he could set me up with the mortgage guy. I said no. He asked when I was planning to buy – and not knowing what to say, I just said “not before September”. He asked if he could set me up with the mortgage guy in September… so I just said “sure” – but asked that no one call me until then.

Well… 2 hours later, I got a call from a “senior” mortgage guy at the bank. He told me:

– Not to listen to the negative media, the market was just fine
– That I needed to get pre-approved because he could get me a rate of 2.99%, which means I could borrow so much more.
– That inventory right now is “very low” so I have to act quick if I want something good
– That he could set me up with a realtor and get me on an email list of new listings (even though I told him I was not ready) – because “you never know what you will find” (Umm… I do know! If I’m not looking, I won’t find…)
– That I’m doing “so much better” than my peers and can totally afford a place (stroke my ego, stroke my ego – besides, I’m sure this is a lie)
– That buying is SO much better than renting AND cheaper! (another lie)
– That my plans to pay off debt and save in the meantime were “honorable” but “not necessary”

What I didn’t have the heart to ask was why – if he’s so busy – did a senior mortgage guy have the time to cold call little ol’ me when I repeatedly told him I wasn’t interested at the moment?

And on another note, when you apply for a car loan, do they ever say “Let me set you up with a car salesman. Here’s some brochures of pretty cars”?

Why is the bank trying to sell me a house?? And so persistantly!

I found the whole thing creepy, a little bit violating and very pushy. From one of the “big 5”.

I am so glad I found your blog, Garth, and decided to do a little investigating/researching before jumping back in. I am convinced more than ever that a correction is in the cards. It’s really scary! My goose would have been cooked!

I fear for the average consumer who doesn’t know better and trusts the bank to look out for their best interests. Clearly that’s not even remotely true if they are qualifying and encouraging people to max out at 2.99%. I don’t see how this can NOT eventually lead to a correction… and a lot of tears.

Thank you for standing up and saying something.

#78 blok existentialist on 03.04.13 at 1:18 am

#63 … are you old enough to remember The Prisoner? The giant bubble used to give me nightmares when I was a kid, but deja vu — now it’s coming for EVERYONE. Twenty minutes since I watched your link to what’s going on in China and I have yet to pick my jaw up off the floor.
Double drat this site … I will not sleep well tonight.

#79 EinsatzgruppenVancouver on 03.04.13 at 1:44 am

@13 smoking man – I don’t know how smart you are, probably you’re a troll, but I’ll bite…

It’s been my experience that really smart people don’t spend any time at all telling others how smart they are. It’s just obvious, like when someone is tall.

As soon as someone announces how smart they are, it’s usually a good sign they’re full of crap. Which are you? Guess only time will tell, but I have a thousand dollars that says smoking man’s net worth is under ten grand. I’m thinking dreadful loser, living in a basement, maybe your parents’? And I bet smoking man is closer to 30 than 50 years old… Ever see a 53 year old type? They spell things correctly for starters.

#80 Angry But Not Unhappy Twenty Something on 03.04.13 at 1:47 am

@75 Slightly Less Foolish

That whole scene rubs me the wrong way. I say this because I know there are a number of well-meaning people in my life who I’d wager would take the ‘Senior’ mortgage expert at his/her word.

These well-meaning people aren’t stupid – they’re skilled tradespeople, mechanics, computer programmers etc – but they just couldn’t lead themselves to believe that one of Canada’s Big Six, among the finest financial institutions in the world, would lead them astray.

#81 Crash Calaway on 03.04.13 at 2:10 am

You people under estimate Tommy Vu
He knew when to get out of real estate.
How many of you are still shackled to the millstone?

#82 juno on 03.04.13 at 2:16 am

Good of Tom My Hero.

He ended up in jail. And he made his money from the infomercials and selling his seminars. Not from real estate

#83 Riding the Pine on 03.04.13 at 2:18 am

1% inflation rate?! Now, that is a franken-number if I ever heard one.

If you believe that, have I got a deal for you on 100% beef meatballs from Sweden.

#84 Teulon on 03.04.13 at 2:54 am

#75 Slightly less foolish

Nice post – as a holder of bank stocks, I am concerned our banks are pushing high ratio mortgages to excess. We may need F and the peckerettes to intervene again!

#85 GC on 03.04.13 at 3:05 am

Inflation at less than 1%?
I guess it’s ok to get back into GIC’s then.

#86 Soylent Green is People on 03.04.13 at 3:09 am

Never use the word rape inthis manner again wud be my advice.

#87 Debtfree on 03.04.13 at 4:52 am

Wouldn’t be ironic if f were to make interest on mortgages tax deductible . To sort of do penance for all those 40 ,35, 30, year ams that he and his flock created . After all he would be long gone before the interest hit the fan .

#88 Notta Sheeple on 03.04.13 at 6:22 am

#75 Slightly less foolish on 03.04.13 at 1:09 am

Excellent post. Thanks for sharing (and congrats on showing some intelligent spine to these data-manipulating, deceitful, pump & dump, neck-tied, land pimps).

And, of course, many thanks to Garth for continuing to take the personal time to expose the truth about not only the RealTurd world, but the Canadian financial and political scene in general.

#89 Herb on 03.04.13 at 6:36 am

#65 Gunboat Denier,

yes, RE is a real asset, but not as “hard” as Smoking Man would like it to be, especially residential. It is worth only what someone is willing – and able – to pay for it, and the building part invariably deteriorates over time and costs. You can’t write off maintenance and repairs or capital expenses on the RE most people will own, a principal or other personal residence, and now there is no garantee of future capital appreciation to grow or at least recoup their investment.

RE may become hard after however long it takes for the bubble to deflate. Smoking Man of course believes that the banks will keep the bubble going. Not being a genius, that’s not a gamble I would invest in.

#90 Buy? Curious? on 03.04.13 at 6:59 am

Garth, a friend said to me this weekend, at our monthly scotch tasting, that a mutual friend of ours, who bought a place a few months ago, out in Brooklyn, Ont (really? who moves east of Victoria Park? *barf*) and said a real estate agent came knocking on his door asking if he’d be looking to sell his home over the next few months. He couldn’t sell his house now if he wanted to. His house has no equity in it and he has savings because he blew all on closing costs and decorating it. To make matters worse, he commutes into Toronto to work as some low level IT guy. He’s so petrified that if he loses his job, he loses the house and maybe his family.

Since I don’t really about these two “friends”, I said “Tough tatas, sucks to be him, and borgarting while gossiping is not cool.”


#91 Buy? Curious? on 03.04.13 at 7:01 am


(Curse you Blackberry!)

#92 double double straight up on 03.04.13 at 7:15 am

To the Smoking man. Why do you go on and on about gibberish garbage? If you are so rich and know so much, why do you continue to keep coming here. All you seek is attention. You say your wife may be ill and in the next breath you keep putting everyone down. Is it your game to see how many people will feel sorry for you and then in a week you will say—Ha Ha sucker!! I use to work with people like you. I don’t anymore. Get it! They are still working. As you call it the machine. I retired at 53. See ya little doggie!

#93 Blasé on 03.04.13 at 8:01 am

I didn’t know black guys could have comb-overs :)nice video mr.vu.

#94 Devore on 03.04.13 at 8:02 am


Ian Watt: wait until April to sell your condo… Please! Or instead, why not buy another one? So many to pick from already.

#95 Francis on 03.04.13 at 8:15 am

To be sure; F & C, gave the bankers and others, a dose of “cocaine”. Now they don’t want to get off it.

#96 Sebee on 03.04.13 at 8:20 am

Cheap rates and few are biting in UK. Wonder why?


Do we have the same problem?

#97 Ronaldo on 03.04.13 at 8:33 am

#75 Slightly less foolish – good post. Yes, if you or anyone believe what the [email protected] or anyone at the bank for that matter tells you or think that they do anything in the best interests of their clients, you have another thought coming. It’s all about shareholder value which is why you buy bank stocks. Maybe not right now though.

These people are scrambling to keep their jobs right now just as they were back in 2008 when the housing market was dead in the water and falling. The only thing that saved the housing market was F’s nothing down 40 year mortgage scam and the banks teaser prime minus rates plus the 4.5% drop in interest rates by the summer of 2009 after the GFC.

We are back where we were in 08. All they did was put off the correction and created a massive housing bubble which will explode like the Hindenberg.

Real estate is one of the most dangerous commodities out there right now and anyone getting into it now even at these low interest rates are in for a rude awakening.

#98 TurnerNation on 03.04.13 at 8:52 am

Is anyone still into Bunkers? Or is that like, so, 2008?

Here’s an cheap personal gen (made by Hyundai. Not Kia, natch).
Sure it’s a refurb, but at this price, buy a spare.


Price $230.00
Hyundai HY2000si. With PEAK wattage of 2250W and RUNNING wattage of 2000W.

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#99 TurnerNation on 03.04.13 at 8:54 am

Canada’s future under Globalist rule.
Quote. Google it for the link.

“The core philosophy of Lewis F. Powell was that humans were getting in the way of corporate profits. Everywhere he looked in 1971, he saw people rising up on behalf of racial equality and peace and ecology and justice. From the huge population of educated youth, he heard increasingly angry distrust of corporate media and its war propaganda. From “consumer activists” such as Ralph Nader, he heard intense suspicion of the corporate agenda — from the dangerous cars it produced to the poisonous cigarettes it manufactured while lobbying hard against any “health warnings.” (Powell was counsel for the cigarette industry’s lobbying arm, the Tobacco Institute, before he was put on the Supreme Court by Nixon.)

His driving vision is terrifyingly real today, as the default position in the wars against the middle class that is even specifically proclaimed by particularly clumsy operators like Mitt Romney. Powell’s goal was “changing how individuals and society think about the corporation, the government, the law, the culture, and the individual.” His outlined methods of warfare were front organizations and constant propaganda funded by the biggest corporations in the world.

It has been almost completely successful. The biggest corporations no longer pay taxes at all, while the personal income tax rates on the very richest have plunged since Powell’s policies became the platform of the corporate-controlled Republican and Democrat political parties. In 1971, the richest .01% paid a top income tax rate of more than 70%, while the federal rate for the richest 1% was nearly 50%. Today, neither group of the ultra rich pays more than 35% and tax on long-term investment earnings is capped at 15%, while the burden on the squeezed middle class and working class has risen. (Only the poorest — the most likely to revolt — have seen their federal tax burden decline. Of course, they’ve also seen a dramatic reeling in of the social safety net during this same period, and they are walloped with an ever-growing series of use taxes, user fees and sales tax.)”

#100 Chris no longer in England on 03.04.13 at 9:00 am

Nicole needs to attend a seminar at Apostrophe Solutions.

#101 Stickler on 03.04.13 at 9:06 am

@ #32 In the cold from Toronto on 03.03.13 at 8:29 pm

Good rant…until you mixed in your liberal vs conservative nonsense. Don’t subscribe to the false “left-right” paradigm.

#102 Rusty Venture on 03.04.13 at 9:18 am

#77 @ EinsatzgruppenVancouver

I’m guessing you are new around here. Anyone can be anything they want on the interwebs. A few months back, SM announced that he was a fictional persona. He’s still quite entertaining.

Ps. I think he is Beach Girl too, but only Garth knows for sure…

#103 Turtle on 03.04.13 at 9:32 am

#87 Herb

… RE may become hard after however long it takes for the bubble to deflate….


Herb, I think you got confused here. RE is always the same asset and just changing hands. The more hands to reach for it => the more it cost. The less hands to reach for it => the less it cost. Bubble is about money, not about hardness.

People often think that they own RE when they have 100% mortgage on it, but it is just banks playing games with people’s minds. So you can’t really touch it hardness if it is not yours, right? But if you ask banks about RE – it is as hard as it can be, it is like slavery of 21 century. I see them laughing…

So, Smoking man right about RE, you don’t need to question him.

#104 LP on 03.04.13 at 10:16 am

#75Slightly less foolish on 03.04.13 at 1:09 am

This week, I got a cold call from an “investment advisor” at the bank…

He asked if he could set me up with the mortgage guy.

He asked when I was planning to buy…

2 hours later, I got a call from a “senior” mortgage guy at the bank…

Why is the bank trying to sell me a house?? And so persistantly!

You’re asking the wrong question here! You should be asking – yourself – Self, why am I discussing my personal finances, surely one of the most private of topics, with a total stranger, not of my choosing, over the telephone???????

The last time I got one of those calls out of the blue from someone I’ve never met, whose name I don’t recognize I interrupted his (rehearsed) patter with questions of my own.

Questions like: How much do you have in your personal bank account? What, specifically, are your personal funds invested in? When are you planning to move some of your personal money around? Why don’t you open a TFSA or RRSP at the branch of XYZ bank?

And the clincher, how could you possibly think I will discuss such a personal and private matter with a total stranger? He hung up on me.

#105 Bargains everywhere on 03.04.13 at 10:59 am

#98 Chris no longer in England on 03.04.13 at 9:00 am

Yes, I agree Chris. Talk about apostrophe abuse. Nicole could use the basics. Or should I say basic’s? : )

#106 Leo on 03.04.13 at 11:08 am

For once, your prediction was wrong : F warned again the banks of the risks of a race to the bottom :

You are a former politician, you should know better ;-) Doesn’t it make more sense for this government to get this bubble correct asap rather than a wait for full power explosion in 1 or 2 years (close to the 2015 election) ?….

#107 afraidit allmightend on 03.04.13 at 11:14 am

why should the taxpayer subsidize mortgages over a millon with the cmhc…..why should taxpayers subisdize the movie industry or civil service pensions? why not give the multiplier effect argument a kick in the ass and realize that money left in the pockets of the individuals who earn it will also buy clothes furniture and cars etc…the socialist brain beating canadians have endured to persist in agreeing with the subsidy argument is sick.

What subsidy? — Garth

#108 Daisy Mae on 03.04.13 at 11:19 am

“Growled a pissed F to the bankers: “You should be cautious about your lending practices, because this is the type of practice that led to a mortgage crisis in the United States several years ago.”


The banks are merely taking advantage of lax lending practices YOU allowed, Flaherty.

#109 Regan on 03.04.13 at 11:22 am

Is that title supposed to say non-consenting mortgage rates? Because that doesn’t make sense.
And also… so much for ‘rates have nowhere to go but down.’ I’ve been hearing this for years, and yet… rates stay low. It just goes to show that no one can predict the future – there are too many factors, especially over 10-20 year spans.

#110 Daisy Mae on 03.04.13 at 11:30 am

#82 Teulon: “We may need F and the peckerettes to intervene again!”


You’re joking, right?

#111 fancy_pants on 03.04.13 at 11:44 am

yup, sure. keep shuffling the chairs…

Fear sells, eh? — Garth

#112 thinker on 03.04.13 at 11:50 am

WOW…TOM VU, i remember my mom and dad fighting about this guy (dad wanted the boat and girls) mom said no way to Tom Vu plans….

fyi, Garth, grey market has been 2.77 for the last 6 months…

In respect to F, he is actually protecting the condo market – no impact to condo buyers as we discussed, 150$ a month on your avg 300k box, while keeping punters out of the housing market where he and his pals traffic…

Let’s talk risk/reward, WB.TO and get paid 7.5% or buy Whistler Real Estate with negative payments??? Figure that one out. The next years will be better in stocks then RE….

#113 Dr. Hoof-Hearted on 03.04.13 at 12:05 pm

Gotta laugh at the 60 Minutes segments on China. The numbers are staggering re the Ghost Cities and they are still building them. Liked the part where they go into a mall that has KFC Starbucks etc signs up, but no working business exists or will ever exist..its all to lure buyers.

Then they interview some gal who is supposedly THE biggest developer. Her story is she grew up poor, worked in sweatshops…went to England, got a Masters joined GOLDMAN SACHS, got married ….this later translates into biggest developer in China???WTF??? Lots of missing links…

#114 Ralph Cramdown Ⓤ on 03.04.13 at 12:14 pm

#109 fancy_pants

Golly, fancy_pants, you’d better listen to that guy. He’s standing in front of a display with an exponential graph and some sigma notation on it… And we all know what that means, don’t we?

#115 Rob in TO on 03.04.13 at 12:17 pm

BNN Morning Newsletter: March 4, 2013

From this morning’s email, in part:

“Bank of Montreal is hoping to make a deal with first-time homebuyers, dropping its rates on five-year fixed rate mortgages, even as Finance Minister Jim Flaherty warns Canada’s lenders not to embark on a “race to the bottom” with rates that could reignite a Canadian real estate market that he has worked so hard to cool. The rate cuts at BMO come ahead of the key spring real-estate rush and may prompt other lenders to follow suit, denting the government’s and the Bank of Canada’s efforts to convince Canadians not to take on more debt. Prudence is always the preferred path for Canada’s biggest banks, until profit growth slows, it seems.”

“Speaking of the Bank of Canada, the central bank will announce a decision on interest rates Wednesday. While no one expects the Bank of Canada to adjust its benchmark rate, a growing number of analysts and economists expect central bank’s tone to soften even further from the last statement underscoring speculation that an increase in rates is further away than it was a month ago.”

Prudence – until profit growth slows. That’s funny…and true. No trust here, and…no love lost.

#116 Dr. Hoof-Hearted on 03.04.13 at 12:37 pm

Driving around Vancouver yesterday…OMG….projects everywhere

Listening to the radio…heard Burton Cummings song “Break it to them Gently “. The DJ said Cummings was inspired by watching a KOJAK episode.

Wonder what songs we can come up for Brad Lamb?

#117 Mister Obvious on 03.04.13 at 12:42 pm

It wasn’t the first time we’ve seen examples of speculative madness in China but last night’s “60 minutes” program really did lay it out bare.

No longer can we point with pride to Toronto’s measly 175 new condo towers. We should come back to the table when have 300 fully finished surplus cities to brag about.

And when I look at the handful of towers (say 40 or so) rising in Greater Vancouver I feel the true insignificance of my hometown on the world stage. A bit player in an off Broadway production. Way, way off Broadway.

You hear the Chinese saying things like…

“there could be a bubble forming”
“things have become somewhat heated”
“perhaps residential real estate has run its course”

…while pussyfooting around the accurate description:

“the greatest gasbag humanity has ever produced”

At least the Chinese middle class has a semblance of an excuse. They are limited in where they may invest their recently acquired (soon to be vapor) wealth. And being the great practitioners of herd mentality they are, it follows that each member of the family should own an empty condo in Mongolia.

#118 Bottoms_Up on 03.04.13 at 12:54 pm

#17 DJB on 03.03.13 at 7:52 pm
It’s not the banks that will be in trouble. It’s CMHC. Banks make most of their money off investment banking. Be careful with your puts….

#119 Bottoms_Up on 03.04.13 at 12:58 pm

#41 Snowbush on 03.03.13 at 9:04 pm
When you have a population of 1400 million, with millions moving from rural to urban every year, you’d be building cities in advance too.

#120 Dupchek on 03.04.13 at 1:04 pm

Its a vicious circle for the people. I mean the real estate cartel lies to them to buy. The Gov adjusts the property values according to their formula, therefore the taxes go up. The banks try to sweet the deal up with low mortgages for more borrowing. Do we even see the big picture, we the people/buyers are the ones that are screwed here from: Real estate cartel, Gov, Banks and so on. Oh prices went up, its ok here is more money to borrow so you can pay us as long as you live. Wake up! This is slavery in a new dimension at a new era.

#121 Timmy on 03.04.13 at 1:04 pm

I am wondering how much of these illegal money are used to bid up Vancouver RE


More than $600 Billions have illegally left China. They do not care the high cost of RE in Vancouver as their main objective is to move money away from China. How can the local compete with them? How can the Canadian government allow this to happen. I think we should set up some kind of communication between Canada and China to report these kind of illegal money flow..

#122 Edward on 03.04.13 at 1:15 pm

Scotiabank actually let that grammatical travesty go out with their name attached to it? That’s just freakin’ embarrassing. :(

#123 David McDonald on 03.04.13 at 1:22 pm

Garth has often suggested purchasing US dollars via real estate or ETFs. I wish I had followed his advice more aggressively since our dollar is headed down. In some sense everything in the world is priced in US dollars so yes real estate prices in Canada are headed down. The only uncertainty is whether they are going down in Canadian dollars.

#124 Dr. Hoof-Hearted on 03.04.13 at 1:29 pm

The way I see it…

The price appreciation is over….but the next end game is to still sell product. aka keep the economy going on volume, not via hope in quick profits.

The banks are simply playing wounded duck…trying to squeeze the last virgin , then hand out for bail out.

What we are seeing now is a Tsunami effect…you can be in a boat , a Tsunamis force can pass under you, you won’t notice…then BAM once the water runs out.

In the end this will all be Potemkin Village.

#125 R1200C on 03.04.13 at 1:32 pm

The Chinese government just passed new home ownership guidelines over the weekend designed to curb home price appreciation…

#126 Timmy on 03.04.13 at 1:40 pm

#123 – Does it mean more money will be leaving China illegally so that they can bet on housing else where?

Really hung up on that, aren’t you? — Garth

#127 Timmy on 03.04.13 at 1:45 pm

#122 – I agree. The affordability is now based on the rock bottom interest rates. With more than 70% are homeowners, how do you expect another leg up on the housing prices? Interest rates have only one direction to go (which is up) in the future.

#128 Doug in London on 03.04.13 at 1:52 pm

@Dan, post #6;
That may actually be a good idea of these non registered investments are largely invested in U.S. equities, where there has been a good run up in values, and investing it in parts of the U.S. (or better yet Spain) where property values have taken a big drop.

#129 Old Man on 03.04.13 at 1:52 pm

#123 R1200C – In China proper beware of the definition ” home ownership ” as it is leasehold rather than freehold with agreements up to 70 years. The State in effect owns all over time which partly explains why Canada home ownership becomes attractive, as they have an asset which can be passed on.

#130 Humpty Dumpty on 03.04.13 at 2:07 pm

#97 TurnerNation on 03.04.13 at 8:54 am


#131 pbrasseur on 03.04.13 at 2:08 pm

This truly is a race to the bottom

I mean, even if (unlikely) this latest rate war provides a bit of life to this dying market?

All it means is more debt, less profits for the banks and much needed structural adjustments for the economy are delayed.

#132 AK on 03.04.13 at 2:18 pm

#119 Timmy on 03.04.13 at 1:04 pm

“I am wondering how much of these illegal money are used to bid up Vancouver RE”

If there is so much “illegal money” floating around, then why is it not going into the U.S. Real Estate market?

#133 Jasmine on 03.04.13 at 2:27 pm

Hello. I really enjoy reading your posts. Do you think is it a good idea for first time home buyers to get their mortgage rate approved even though we are not going to buy for at least another year.

No. The pre-approval will expire. Get a dog instead. — Garth

#134 Tom Vu on 03.04.13 at 2:31 pm


#135 Old Man on 03.04.13 at 2:31 pm

Stop picking on the Chinese, as most of the money coming to Canada has been earned within families that are educated with businesses that have prospered, and they want to purchase Real Estate that is freehold. I met a young girl from China who came here for a university education, and asked her what her daddy did for a living, and he owned a high tech company involving telephones in China, so bought her a property in Ontario while going to university. :)

#136 Steve on 03.04.13 at 2:33 pm

Interesting event today. One of the RE agents who keeps e-mailing me monthly propaganda on the RE industry, has taken a new approach. Today the e-mail was about how your credit score is determined and how to improve it.

Apprently the new high ratio mortgage rules mean you actually need to pay attention to your credit score, at least more so than in the past. It also occurs to me that he is trying to help re-supply greater fools of the most highly leveraged type, now that there is a growing shortage of them.

#137 Carlos on 03.04.13 at 2:44 pm

Hey Garth,

Bond yields are trending south. Not so inline with your prediction about interest moving up by end of year.

Don’t blame me if the economy’s atrophying. — Garth

#138 Spiltbongwater on 03.04.13 at 3:03 pm

Is this 2.99% 5er only for FTB, or is it open for anyone who want it?

Can you breathe? — Garth

#139 Harvard Grad on 03.04.13 at 3:04 pm

The segment on 60 minutes last night did a quick piece on China’s (supposed) houing bubble – or better known as a condo bubble –

Can someone enlighten me – there are cities in China that are virtually empty – each one is bought by citizens with hopes that prices project upward – but they care not to rent them – what gives!! Wouldn’t you think that each month maintenace fees slowly eat away at any possible profit.

Thousands upon thousands of empty units – and exactly who will buy these – they interviewed one fellow and he said “if” the bubble bursts – look out – he should have said “when” not “if”…or did I miss something. Millions of poor rural peasants surely can’t be the answer to their problem.

#140 sciencemonkey on 03.04.13 at 3:06 pm

Whether the Chinese money is legal or not, our government has a responsibility to protect the average citizen from being priced out by non-Canadians looking for investment opportunities. (For example, it’s ridiculous to argue that cheap money is the only force behind Vancouver’s prices.) Or are we the world’s prostitute?

Of course, no actual government cares about the little guy, so I don’t expect to see any protection in this regard.

Government has no such responsibility. — Garth

#141 DreamingInTechnicolour on 03.04.13 at 3:08 pm

Some advice in the article about a life annuity


#142 Old Man on 03.04.13 at 3:14 pm

Now this young girl from Beijing caught my eye as could speak perfect English; was very attractive; and the clothes she was wearing said it all, so asked her out for Dim Sum. She asked me if I was a wolf, and said trust nobody and she laughed, and she said ok. This was an opportunity of a lifetime, as spent all my time asking questions about China while the cart service came about with Dim Sum dishes.

This young woman was overwhelmed that a man in Canada would take the time to learn about her country, as was fishing for detailed information. Last summer she asked me to come to China all expenses paid as could stay with her family for a month, as she wanted to show me around and experience the culture. Well a bit too old for it all, and China scares me too; nope do not want a vacation there.

#143 Ralph Cramdown Ⓤ on 03.04.13 at 3:25 pm

#138 sciencemonkey — “Whether the Chinese money is legal or not, our government has a responsibility to protect the average citizen from being priced out by non-Canadians looking for investment opportunities.”

An important thing to remember is that the selling boomer (or whoever) gets his golden ticket punched regardless of who buys. You could equally look at it as a giant scheme to suck in offshore money and trap it in soon-to-be depreciating assets while the local sellers keep the boodle and don’t have to worry about retirement.

#144 Men Who Stare At Sheeple on 03.04.13 at 3:26 pm

Weather you love or hate this guy, here is a short video clip of the late George Carlin in a 2005 performance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeLLR3LWtv4. Warning some profanity. How relevant are his words today?

Unlike the false matrix that the masses believe to be true, this man understood the true nature of the world we live in.

It’s hard to believe that in the year 2013 the masses are still clueless as to how they are being manipulated and herded through planned economic crisises, wars and media by a group of elite global central bankers, corporations and stock market con men working behind the scenes!

You can thank the corporate controlled MSM, governments and education system for the complete dumbing down of society! The ability for people to be free critical thinkers with independant thoughts has been replaced by spoonfed coporate controlled MSN (mainstream news) and government sanctioned official news reports! Anyone questioning these official accounts are quickly marginalized as conspiracy theorists, tinfoil hatters, crackpots or anti establishment!

It quite astonishing to see how brainwashed and gullible the masses continue to be! People continue to believe this global economic turmoil and talks of wars in the Middle East and around the world just happen by mistake or by chance. Think again! Nothing happens by chance in the political, financial or military realms!

If you really want to gain a better understanding of how you are being manipulated and controlled you must read “Propaganda” by Edward Bernays and “Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion” by Anthony Pratkanis & Elliot Aronson.

I will leave you with this quote from Propaganda:
“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.”- Edward Bernays

In the end, perhaps we are all the greater fools!

#145 Toronto_CA on 03.04.13 at 3:34 pm

Hey Garth, Fitch sounds like you:


But “because of the effects of inflation and price momentum, it is not expected that prices would drop by this amount,” it added. “If growth halted and prices began to drop, it would be expected to take several years for home prices to revert to their sustainable values, depending on a number of factors such as government support and credit availability. With this timeframe, the actual observed decline in prices could be as low as 10 per cent.”

In other words, a 10-20% correction with differences in regions, followed by a slow long melt as incomes and rents catch up and we revert to the mean.

They took that from your playbook!

#146 Kingarthur on 03.04.13 at 4:02 pm

I found the reason for the lack of Ham and subsequent RE slide in Vancouver:


#147 Dr. Hoof-Hearted on 03.04.13 at 4:12 pm

#137 Harvard Grad on 03.04.13 at 3:04 pm

I posted a while back that around the time of NAFTA….many firms were already looking to move jobs overseas to places like China. The long and short of it is the Western Countries are purposely being hollowed out.

Now, If China has a one child policy, that is far below the replacement rate. (I also find it interesting that here in Canada. many Chinese families have only one child).

IMHO, China is simply being set up as a proxy, to replace the US. China is “under control”..and its not by the Red Chinese..oh they will go the way of Russia and shed Communism ? The victors of the Opium War never left China, Mao was simply another proxy to set China up for later.

There are articles that Russian Communism was “yanked” by the US in an economic coup de tat, which is basically the running modus operandi through history . However, the US is going down the road TO Communism..wipe out the middle class and then equality via 99% at the bottom.

One has to understand the Potemkin Village effect…kneejerk look of prosperity with big visuals…they may as well be holograms the public is so brainwashed.

China is being set up to be a huge carpetbagger…I’ll post some info later. The rug will get pulled out elsewhere FIRST…and China will add to the infiltration it has already achieved in our midst.

#148 walltiger on 03.04.13 at 4:17 pm

old man, you are full of shit.

#149 jess on 03.04.13 at 4:18 pm

Hospital Boss $1,845,000 — Medicare Boss $170,000

how about price rape

…”Janice S., a 64-year-old woman in Connecticut, was rushed to the hospital in what turned out to be heartburn. She was charged $995 for the ambulance ride, $3,000 for the doctors, and $17,000 for the hospital – $21,000 for a three-hour precautionary checkup.

Part of the hospital bill was a special stress test, employing radioactive dye and a CT scan, which cost $7,997.54, about six times more than the hospital’s regular stress test. Medicare would have paid the hospital $554 for the special test.

For many of the lab tests, Janice was charged about ten to fifteen times more than the Congress-supervised Medicare rate. The hospital’s own filings to the Department of Health and Human Services showed that lab tests in 2010 brought in $293 million from patients, while costing the hospital just $28 million.

When confronted with the details, a hospital spokesperson said, “Those are not our real rates..It’s a list we use internally in certain cases, but most people never pay those prices.”..read more


#150 Mister Obvious on 03.04.13 at 4:18 pm

#137 Harvard Grad

“Can someone enlighten me – there are cities in China that are virtually empty – each one is bought by citizens with hopes that prices project upward – but they care not to rent them – what gives!!”

You fail to understand the Chinese mindset. Once you rent out your condo, even for a month, you have tainted it. You are now stuck with ‘used merchandise’.

No one would buy it while other unspoiled identical units are still for sale. These units are purely for speculation.

#151 smartalox on 03.04.13 at 4:21 pm

So my question is, if all this Chinese cash is entering the Vancouver economy, what will happen when it’s time to take the money out? If nobody buys, will these “investors” lose their investments? Or have they already cashed out at 80% via HELOCs from the local banks? Tell me, how does that figure into CMHC’s stress tests?

Or will that be the Black Swan in this scenario?

#152 Blacksheep on 03.04.13 at 4:29 pm

“Fear sells, eh? — Garth”

So..what you’re saying is,

‘this won’t end well’ :)

take care

#153 jess on 03.04.13 at 4:35 pm

Poker chips, fake invoices and art: How China’s elite illicitly move money out of the country
By Naomi Rovnick — October 25, 2012

shadow banking
“wealth management products” (WMPs) have blown up, leaving empty handed savers protesting outside bank branches.

#154 Old Man on 03.04.13 at 4:37 pm

#139 Dreaming – am an expert in annuity contracts and do not even have to look at your link, as the cost of money is too low for a pension scenerio. Now there is one contract that is important which involves a huge capital gain for the sale of a business that must be executed within 90 days or check the latest. It is called an annuity term certain, whereby, the tax liability can be spread out over a number of years to hoop the Tax Man :)

#155 Holy Crap Wheres The Tylenol on 03.04.13 at 4:39 pm

All these discussions about China and their investments abroad just want to make me puke up my shui jiao-style dumplings and stir-fried green vegetables. What we have to remember here is what we are dealing with as populaces strictly controlled by their government. These billions could disappear in smoke if the government decides to do so. I would never count on Chinese investment for anything. I can also tell you from experience that if they can not buy it they will just outright copy it. With the amount of money they are pouring out of the country these investors could literally purchase some tin-pot dictatorship country and run it from abroad. Oh Crap that’s us!!! My bad!




#156 Grim Reaper/Crypt Speculator Ⓤ on 03.04.13 at 4:49 pm

Wisdom Gleaned From Offshore Condo Tour

— A Shotgun wedding is a case of wife or death.

—- Mother’s Day comes nine months after father’s day.

—- Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction.

—- A man is only as faithful as his options.

—- The best time to go to the dentist is tooth hurty.

—- The best way for university student to turn their life completly around is to get 90 degrees.

—- To get an Irishman to climb on the roof, tell him that the drinks are on the house

—- A flying saucer will appear when a nudist spills his coffee

—– If the washroom upstairs is occupied, there is a hypotenuse.

—– Bin Laden like Fred Flintstone, both look out window and see Rubble

—– The difference between roast beef and pea soup is that anyone can roast beef.

—–“Man who look to stale cookie for advice probably make good busboy.Ask waitress for application.”

— Cinderella would be bad at football. Her coach was a pumpkin.

#157 Investx on 03.04.13 at 4:50 pm

“#135 Carlos:
Hey Garth,

Bond yields are trending south. Not so inline with your prediction about interest moving up by end of year.

Don’t blame me if the economy’s atrophying. — Garth”

No one’s blaming you for that; but for disregarding the scenario of rates remaining low for longer than you expected, as is turning about to be the case.

Longer than everyone expected, and it’s not good news. — Garth

#158 Timmy on 03.04.13 at 4:54 pm

#130 AK on 03.04.13 at 2:18 pm

The US market is huge when compare to Canadian market. The impact of these money on the Canadian RE is much noticable in a small market like Canada then in the US. Furthermore, the US immigration program is much tigher than the Canada (i.e. more money needed to qualify as investment immigrant and the money to purchase their house in the US does not count toward as their investment in the US – I believe the US required that their investment must be directly link to certain amount of employment)

Give it up. — Garth

#159 HAWK on 03.04.13 at 5:01 pm

#71 too much debt on 03.04.13 at 12:08 am


Good post agreed, what it goes to show beyond the fact that China sadly has a plethora of “greater fools” is the possibly even worse effect of the benefits of ever more “CENTRAL PLANNING”.

#160 Ralph Cramdown Ⓤ on 03.04.13 at 5:02 pm

#139 DreamingInTechnicolour — “Some advice in the article about a life annuity”

As long as everyone is perfectly clear as to what a life annuity is. You pay money in exchange for a monthly income as long as you live, rather like the opposite of life insurance. When buddy in the article said the annuity at 9% was the equivalent of an investment that paid 9% after tax, the elided point was that it’s only equivalent as long as you’re ambivalent about a $100,000 difference in the value of your estate. With 4 kids, the client in the example might not be. I’ve nothing against annuities, as long as everyone understands exactly what they are. Their prices work just like bonds’ do with regard to interest rates.

#161 Devore on 03.04.13 at 5:06 pm

#144 Kingarthur

I found the reason for the lack of Ham and subsequent RE slide in Vancouver:


Nothing is being seized. It is merely a small tax levied on those too stupid to simply declare the money they are bringing in. Canada does not report money brought in to other countries governments, and certainly not to China, and we don’t care how much you bring in.

This is a non-story, and I doubt this department even pays for itself with all these “seizures”.

#162 Ludmila on 03.04.13 at 5:08 pm

#63, #71 CBCNews? Serious? Their major news from abroad’s usually about Obama’s sneezing or POSSIBLE election of CANADIAN cardinal. It looks like people feel better finding something worse in others rather then solving their own problems. Kind of dragging attention FROM CANADIAN bubble.

#163 Old Man on 03.04.13 at 5:12 pm

#146 walltiger – thank you for your comment, but I assume you are living in a life of utter denial, as all is well. I know different, so will kick you under the bus.

#164 Ralph Cramdown Ⓤ on 03.04.13 at 5:12 pm

#149 smartalox — “So my question is, if all this Chinese cash is entering the Vancouver economy, what will happen when it’s time to take the money out? If nobody buys, will these “investors” lose their investments?”

I think there will always be someone to buy, unless there’s a huge radioactive leak in Kitsilano. My feeling is that money launderers feel that their gain came when they stole/extorted/whatever the money in the first place, and if they lose 20% in the laundry, that’s the cost of getting it clean and/or keeping it safe.

#165 Holy Crap wheres The Tylenol on 03.04.13 at 5:28 pm

It has started, here we go China.


#166 Rand man on 03.04.13 at 5:31 pm

#42 men that stare


#167 AprilNewwest on 03.04.13 at 5:37 pm

#149 Why do so many people think that ” all the Chinese money” is coming to Vancouver as if there was no other place in the world where Chinese might want to park/invest their money………………………..

#168 jess on 03.04.13 at 5:51 pm

Killins was a financial adviser, motivational speaker and author. She published a book in 2011 called Finding the G Spot: A Sassy, Sensible, Entertaining Approach to Finance.

…She is accused of accepting money from clients without actually investing it and redeeming RRSPs belonging to clients without their consent.”..


#169 David on 03.04.13 at 6:12 pm


I’m a first time poster and long time reader. So when will these darn home prices come down? I’m in Ottawa and looking to see what’s out there and prices just seem to keep creeping up.

I rent a one bedroom apt for $1K per month, everything included and it’s a nice building. I just went to look at a 2 bdrm, 2 bth condo for $350K. With the mortgage (20% down), property taxes, utilities and condo fees, this thing would cost me $2K per month to own. So what’s the point of moving out of my apartment? Not buying a place like this and rending I have an extra $1k each month for savings, investing and enjoying life.

Garth, I know you don’t hold a crystal ball, but when will these prices come down for it to actually make financial sense to buy a place?

You live in a nice building and save a grand a month by renting? Duh. — Garth

#170 abraxas on 03.04.13 at 6:31 pm

I’m looking at potentially buying some ZWU by BMO. Garth, any opinion on this fund? It seems to be a good value at this point trading somewhat below its last year average and the yield is pretty sweet. Any reason to stay away from this?

#171 Old Man on 03.04.13 at 6:34 pm

#167 David – in a down turn in Real Estate the City of Ottawa will take a huge hit which will be covered up, so forget what the press is saying, as rent for now and in time go to them directly to hoop a bargain to buy a bargain on their books, as they will give you a good deal that will be out of this world. The public will never know about this all, so tell nobody.

#172 afraidit allmightend on 03.04.13 at 7:04 pm

G…you’re saying that taxpayers backstopping cmhc mortgages…guaranteed unfunded pensions… tax breaks for unionized industries… are not a direct subsidy that comes out of the citizens pocket? Huh????……have another tequila bro !!

You’re sure firm in your support of the sputnik crowd…in that you’re as consistent as a broken clock.

#173 GuyInBurnaby on 03.04.13 at 7:05 pm

I was at a ‘green’ bank last Friday and over heard a lady talking with a bank teller. It seems she was very frustrated that the bank wouldn’t renew her mortgage because she keep saying she was approved before and the bank teller keep saying that it’s because of the regulation change and sorry they can’t do it. The story then moves to LOC and other options such as try another bank but all seems not applying to her either.

I feel sorry about that lady because we are the same ethnic group and she sounds really worried. But I guess a lesson will be learned that the bank is really not your friend in some cases! Try harder reading all the details next time before your sign on the dotted line.

#174 Old Man on 03.04.13 at 7:07 pm

Sorry as screwed up that last post about Ottawa, as go to CMHC directly to hoop a bargain on their books, as they will have it all with inventory that one can make a great deal. Yep, in Ottawa, as have done this all before, so need I say more?

#175 GuyInBurnaby on 03.04.13 at 7:07 pm

She also mentioned if she can’t get the mortgage renewed, the bank will foreclose her place.

#176 Nostradamus Le Mad Vlad on 03.04.13 at 7:41 pm

1:51 clip There are TV ads for Cdn. beer, and also for Oz beer. This is one of the better Oz ones.
#106 Leo — “F warned again the banks of the risks of a race to the bottom :” — Better described as doublespeak. Most politicos toe the line and are not willing to be sacrificial lambs, so will say what is needed at the moment, while knowing that although sheeples do have memories, they don’t know what they are for.

#117 Mister Obvious — “the greatest gasbag humanity has ever produced” — Curious. Are you referring to Tom Vu or Brad Lamb?!

#120 Dupchek — “Wake up! This is slavery in a new dimension at a new era.” — Slavery only if one is in debt to banxters, mtge. corps or the like which is why it is far better to rent for the present time, and build up TFSAs instead.

#144 Men Who Stare At Sheeple — “In the end, perhaps we are all the greater fools!” — Well said! An excellent post.

#147 Dr. Hoof-Hearted — “. . . around the time of NAFTA….many firms were already looking to move jobs overseas to places like China. The long and short of it is the Western Countries are purposely being hollowed out. China is simply being set up as a proxy, to replace the US. China is “under control”..and its not by the Red Chinese..oh they will go the way of Russia and shed Communism ?” — Good post and accurate. It’s the middle part, the part we are in now, which has to be sorted out one way or the other, before one can see the end game.

#156 Grim Reaper/Crypt Speculator Ⓤ — Good one-liners!

#177 InvestX on 03.04.13 at 7:43 pm

Weren’t the real estate boards expected to release February stats today?

#178 Ret on 03.04.13 at 7:48 pm


Loved the Tom Vu “Rent-A-Babes,” the boat, not so much.

The boy made good as a poker player apparently. Check out some of his quotes on the link and get ready to LAO.

With the RE mess in the US, he should get some new babes and an even bigger boat and start up the infomercials again. He’d make millions more than he did the last time!

#179 Smoking Man on 03.04.13 at 8:06 pm

Bax Futers rates near all time low. Yield curve inverted. Yield on 2 year less than 1year………..

Rate hike, ha…… Try a cut, been saying that for a while…..

Wonder if they wait for carney to split before boc drops the over night..

Should be a spectacular spring market..

#180 HAWK on 03.04.13 at 8:13 pm

Garth, I know you don’t hold a crystal ball, but when will these prices come down for it to actually make financial sense to buy a place?


The process of price correction has to be slow and long drawn out over some years. For it to be a big crash, people have to lose jobs big time; hopefully that’s not something you’re wishing for.

#181 Dr. Hoof-Hearted on 03.04.13 at 8:16 pm

Re $$$ Laundering

I think we discussed a while back that many pre-sale condo units have had the assignment flipped, perhaps several times. It was also noted that the profit from each assignment flip flies currently under the CRA radar screen …and that the author of this blog stated they, namely CRA, have the tools and the resources to pursue this matter IF THEY SO CHOSE.

I don’t see what is fair about putting some poor schmuck through the wringer with an audit and maybe grab a few thousand $$$ based on a simple error, but turn a blind eye to what has all the hallmarks of untaxed profits/money laundering.

Now, I am appealing my own assessment, and having seen the process skewed in favour of the property assessor, I think I will pull out my ace and say that if my assessment is not re-adjusted, I think that CRA and possibly the RCMP should investigate . One of the comparables they used is a home the previous owner tried to sell for years, was finally sold, and then re-listed by the new owners within (2) months for TWICE what they paid and has remained vacant.

I’ll keep you posted.

#182 AK on 03.04.13 at 8:23 pm

#170 abraxas on 03.04.13 at 6:31 pm

“I’m looking at potentially buying some ZWU by BMO. ”
I bought ZWU for my parents account. If you are looking for just yield, then there is nothing wrong with it. Capital appreciation is better if you buy the individual holdings.

#183 Nostradamus Le Mad Vlad on 03.04.13 at 8:37 pm

Gone Viral Video showing wealth inequality in NAmerica; Dismantling Blueprint It helps to have a destructive govt. in and opposition running the show; Serfdom /downturn. Central banks mentioned here; UK Bedroom tax; NatWest The US govt. and state govts. have also quietly emptied people’s safety deposit boxes; US RE “The money-junkies keep homes off of the market to create an artificial shortage to drive housing prices up, to make more money on the financing. Were housing cheap enough where you could pay it off in just five years, you would be free of the bankers and they cannot have that. The goal of the bankers is for housing to cost so much you will spend a lifetime of servitude working to pay it off, finishing just when you die or are too old to be of any further use.” wrh.com.
8:54 clip 15 year old invents earlyt detection for pancreatic cancer — cost is three cents; No Gun Sales China will be pleased about this, as they are the ones who want the Second Amendment scrapped, and Obomba pushing hard; 1:29:41 doc. Vaccine (and drug) nation; Drones Tracking gun owners and cell phone users; Ooohhh Kannaduhhh ACTA and the US.

#184 Dark Wettler on 03.04.13 at 8:53 pm

Garth, I still pop by every couple of months. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your Tom Vu video. I remember those commercials fondly.

‘You think this is my boat? This is my boat to get to my bigger boat!’

Thanks for the flashback.

#185 Thomas on 03.04.13 at 9:24 pm

You do not need to go to Detroit to find a house for sale for $1


or maybe it is waiting for a bidding war ehhh…

#186 Gunboat Denier on 03.04.13 at 9:45 pm

169 David – you live in a one bedroom and I presume you are comfortable. Why are you looking to buy 2 bedrooms? Makes no sense. Stay where you are.

#187 Cici on 03.04.13 at 11:26 pm

#144 Men Who Stare at Sheeple
“Whether you love or hate this guy, here is a short video clip of the late George Carlin…”

Huh? I just clicked on your link, and don’t understand how anyone could not love George Carlin. He was great!

#188 walltiger on 03.04.13 at 11:35 pm

142 old man

Now this young girl from Beijing caught my eye as could speak perfect English; was very attractive; and the clothes she was wearing said it all, so asked her out for Dim Sum. She asked me if I was a wolf, and said trust nobody and she laughed, and she said ok. This was an opportunity of a lifetime, as spent all my time asking questions about China while the cart service came about with Dim Sum dishes.

a life time of opportunity for what? to find out whats going on in China by taking out a 20 something year old Beijing girl to Dimsum. Yes, you are old, but not wise.

#189 Landbaron on 03.05.13 at 3:57 am

Damn, I stuck up for Garth on another blog. Whaaaaa?