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House For Sale ... Again

posted at 1:46 am
on Jun. 24, 2008

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Dear universe,

You’ve been very good to me lately.  Very good, in fact.  I’ve been getting into shape, collaborating well with co-workers, enjoying the sun,  eating well, seeing friends, getting new clients.

So what’s up with this sign on my lawn?

We got a call on Tuesday from the property management company, that the owner of our house wanted to put it back on the market.

When, we asked?

Tomorrow, he said.

Ah, we said.  Ahhh. AHHHH!

The owner, Robin Vrba, has put the house back on the market, this time for $999,000 instead of $1,278,000.  That’s a 22% price difference in three months.

From this, I can deduce two things.

1) It’s much more likely the house will sell this time, and quickly.

2) It can’t be a good sign for the upward trend of the housing market that this house is now for sale for 22% less than it was just several months ago.

So on Wednesday morning, we had a quick house meeting, Susie and Matt and I, to talk about what that meant for us all having to move.  If it sells, we’ll have 60 days from the time the sale completes.  And according to BC law, it’s the second month that’s free (in other words, the last month before we have to move out, so if we move out in 30 days, no discount.) We decided in the house meeting not to wait to find out if the house sells, but to start looking right away.

Then, the other thing we found out, is that Matt has already been looking for apartments. He told Susie on Wednesday night he had had an appointment and had looked at a shared house situation closer to the center of Kitsilano.

He had been considering taking it.  But he told Susie he was now unsure of whether he should take the place because “Hop Studios World Headquarters” might end up somewhere far away - we don’t know exactly where we’ll settle, so he doesn’t know where to rent a place.

So in two or so months, we’ll have a new address for Hop Studios - unless this place doesn’t sell right away, which is totally possible in this market, although we’re not going to wait around to see if that’s the case.  And wherever we end up living, whether Hop Studios is in the same space or not, Matt’s likely not going to be living with us.

Final thought: if you know of a place for rent that would be suitable for any of us, by all means, let me know.



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