“A client of mine had an offer to take a teaching job at the Emily Carr art school and turned it down after seeing the housing prices.”

“A client of mine had an offer to take a teaching job at the Emily Carr art school and turned it down after seeing the housing prices.”daloo22 at reddit.com 15 July 2011

20 responses to ““A client of mine had an offer to take a teaching job at the Emily Carr art school and turned it down after seeing the housing prices.”

  1. CanuckDownUnder

    Emily Carr perhaps? 🙂
    [corrected rather than ‘sicced’. -ed.]

    Once again renting doesn’t even seem to be an option.

    Just out of curiosity, if I wanted something with 3 bedrooms and was willing to pay $2000/month, where would I be looking in Vancouver?

    • Aldus Huxtable

      You can get a livable one bedroom in some parts of Vancouver for just under that if you’re lucky. otherwise buy a vehicle and enjoy sitting in traffic!

    • For rent – You can get a large two bedroom downtown for that price. Or 3 bedrooms anywhere on the East Side. Or an old small house in North Vancouver.

      To buy – impossible in Vancouver. PoCo, maybe…

    • They exist all over, especially if you’re not in a panic. For bigger spaces and houses, I find south is now where to find the cheap deals – Fraserview, Marpole, Champlain Heights, Killarney – or very far east near the PNE: but if you search around the 10th of every month, you’ll maximize your selection. A friend recently moved into a sizable 3 bed suite in Kits for that price: no pets, however.

      • CanuckDownUnder

        Thanks, I was trying to figure what would be comparable to what we currently rent in Sydney. It takes me 60 minutes to get to work into the city by train.

        I should have asked “in the GRVD” instead, if you wanted to rent in City of Sydney proper I’m not even sure you could find 2 bedrooms for that kind of price.

      • CanuckDownUnder

        Sorry, 60 minutes door to door, not just train travel. I have my limits. 🙂

      • that’s still nearly 50 hours a month! 😦

      • CanuckDownUnder

        Yes, a small part of me dies every commute. Even thinking about it as a scenic train ride through suburban splendour doesn’t help. 🙂

        A colleague of my wife actually commutes from the Blue Mountains, they wanted to live somewhere they could get a house with a garden. It’s 2 hours, 15 minutes each way! Apparently she gets to read a lot…

  2. Unfortunately, those college and even some university teaching positions don’t pay as much as we would like to think. Probably only qualify for a 250-350K mortgage if that on a single salary. What can that get you in Vancouver – 1 bed. condo (Tiny) in certain areas.

    • I understand that some of the colleges (which the Liberals have transmogrified with a wave of a magic wand into universities) actually pay significantly better per course than the universities in Vancouver for entry level teaching. No doubt there are exceptions, but the tenured profs can make a lot at UBC/SFU but there are few tenured or tenure-track positions available these days. Emily Carr, though nominally a university, is still an art college with a teaching staff largely made up of part-timers picking up courses. I know a number of people who have taught there and they were not particularly well compensated.

      Calguy is quite correct that even many full-time positions at a school like Emily Carr probably don’t pay enough for a significant mortgage in Vancouver’s frothing market.

  3. You’re all missing the point, you don’t move to Vancouver to *work*.

  4. A caller on the Bill Good show this morning was saying something to the effect of his being not sure why he bothers living in the LM anymore:

    (Paraphrase) “I work long hours to be able to pay for a house. I drive long distances to get too and from work. I barely do anything in my expensive house other than sleep and go back to work each day. And on top of that (speaking about the upcoming additional gas tax) every time I turn around I’m being taxed for something else.”

    Mr. Good said: “I think that you’re speaking for thousands of people right now.”

    • E.G.: thanks for posting this.

      Yes, it is distressing for the many in that situation. Furthermore, after the crash, these “thousands of people” will be in an even worse situation, as their “expensive homes” will be significantly less expensive, but their mortgages/workload/commutes/taxes will be the same. And in some cases, employment will be injeopardy.
      Can we imagine how demoralizing all that is going to be?

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