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#30178 of 35273 Re: Orlando [steve_]
Feb 12, 2013 (10:09 pm)
You guys are in a way lucky with the dirt cheap housing prices. When I watch some real estate shows on TV and see people touring huge newer houses with an asking price of what my Vancouver suburb condo is worth I get the itch to almost move south to the US.
Here you need about $400k to get into a livable older detached house.
Feb 13, 2013 (3:31 am)
Didn't get too much sleep last night so I just got up about 5:45 and got all my stuff ready. Decided to pack a lunch today since I don't know the exact route and don't want a replay of last Friday. Once I get familiar with where we're going, I can stop for a quick bite. A lot of the others say they just eat while driving and I did try this on Sunday and found it a bit dangerous so I think I'll just pull over and take the few minutes to eat. Did learn a lesson though, don't eat a ice cream sundae while driving...it dripped a bit on my shirt but I had plenty of napkins to clean it up. Would hate to get the cars dirty.
Should be a nice sunny day for driving and about 86 out...I'll just put on the cruise and a/c and off into the wild blue yonder aka Orlando. I'll report back later tonight. Hoping to snag either a Verano or a Jetta today...getting a bit tired of the Focus already! And I'd also like a car with SAT radio for a change.
#30180 of 35273 Re: Orlando [sandman_6472]
Feb 13, 2013 (5:32 am)
The new 2l SkyActiv engine makes similar power and does a lot better on gas.
The next gen 3 is starting to pop up so we may see deeper discounts on those soon.
#30181 of 35273 Re: Orlando [boomchek]
Feb 13, 2013 (7:13 am)
And the lower mainland is just entering into "correction" stage as well - watch out. My old condo, sold 7 years ago, is still worth 25% less than that selling price.
#30182 of 35273 Re: Orlando [28firefighter]
Feb 13, 2013 (7:15 am)
Buying in nicer areas of Puget Sound is daunting, as there is a huge disconnect between rent and mortgages. If you're going to be in the area for under a decade, buying might not pencil out very well. But better than the suckers who bought in 05-06, who might have to wait a decade or more to break even. Things were insane here then. Property taxes in some areas of King County aren't cheap, either.
I don't like front plates either. Amusing how the country doesn't have a unified yes/no stance on them.
#30183 of 35273 Re: Orlando [ateixeira]
Feb 13, 2013 (7:16 am)
The later one is the one to get - the later cars also had better quality.
#30184 of 35273 Re: Orlando [breld]
Feb 13, 2013 (10:09 am)
Welcome back! I imagine you and your wife needed that vacation after all that car buying!
#30185 of 35273 Re: Orlando [fintail]
Feb 13, 2013 (10:11 am)
Yeah we paid what was to us a decent price for our condo 3 years ago. Regardless of what the market does our mortgage is still cheaper than if we were renting, and that's with minimal cash out of our pocket. So either way since we have to pay to live somewhere and we're not stretching our budget or paying more than if were to rent we're not worried right now.
It would be nice to get into a townhouse or house though so if prices to drop significantly we'd definetly start looking but would keep the condo as well I think.
#30186 of 35273 Re: Orlando [boomchek]
Feb 13, 2013 (11:10 am)
What do you do about garage space?
In my immediate area, carrying costs of a mortgage seem to be twice rent or more - and that's for condos that won't appreciate like houses. Makes it hard for me to want to buy. There are deals to be had in lesser locations, but hour + one way commutes don't endear me.
#30187 of 35273 Re: Orlando [fintail]
Feb 13, 2013 (12:38 pm)
Yeah we're central to everything and only 15 minute drive to the border where we get gas and buy groceries (meats and cheeses and dairy are much cheaper).
We only have 1 parking stall and sometimes you can get away with parking in visitors for a night.
Otherwise street parking is free, there's lots of space, and no city permits are required to park on the street.
It helps living in a not too congested neighbourhood because I have 2 cars out on the street right now, the MDX I bought for winter/new years, and my daily driver Echo RS 5 speed 4 dr hatch. Wife's BMW sits in the garage.
I'm trying to sell both the MDX as we don't need it anymore and the Echo and get something more interesting for my dd duties but it's hard to beat the Echo's superb fuel economy.
By the way I sold the Accord Wagon I had. It wasn't giving me very good fuel economy and I got offered a lot of money for it so although I miss it, it's gone. If I can find one like that in stick I'd buy it immediately.
I went through a lot of cars lately, my Echo and MDX are #27 and #28 since 1994 when I got my license.