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    Dang, I'm headed toward the second major job shake up in less than a year. After being laid off last year- I've been working at the old job while searching for a new one (not another job, but a better one).Found out a few days ago that my position is disappearing and they are hoping they an transfer somewhere else. This is why I tried hard to get out of retail in general. The industry is dying pretty quickly...... Trying to think positive and not stress out....this also throws of my plan of adding another degree to my current one...
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    Yes, I remember USD : CDN - 1 : 1 I also remember USD : CDN - 1 : 1.52 (circa 1999 ... Prince said "let's party like it's 1999" in one of his songs )
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    Our dollar is worth about 80 cents US these days. It was at par for about 5 years when oil prices were way up there a few years back. Those townhouses are probably worth around 900k now, maybe 1 million+ if they are luxury. Lack of supply, GTA has 1 million more people since you last visited and the interest rates have been historically low. We have a foreign buyers tax now as one of many measures to try and cool the market (they are working somewhat). We are on a 33x120 lot in the city, typical double brick craftsman that has never been fully gutted. We pay $6700 in property tax annually but it will be going up over the next few years to account for the valuation increase. .
  6. Dream Garage- Average Transaction $ Pt 2

    #1 Buick Regal TourX Essence - $35,995 #2 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L - $35,995 #3 Ford Mustang GT - $35,095 #4 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited Sport S - $35,785 #5 Chevrolet Sonic Premium RS manual - $22,290 I would rather the Camaro SS than the Mustang but you can't get one within the price constraints and for the purposes of this exercise, I'll take the Mustang GT over the Camaro V6. I know the Sonic is an oddball choice but I have been oddly fascinated with these things lately. Not sure why.
  7. Most of these will probably never get used for what they were engineered for and instead be a conversation piece in some rich guys collection.
  8. I would imagine most people that own a Ferrari have 3-5 other cars, so they buy this for the track or for going fast on some rural road in the middle of nowhere. They probably have a Bentley for their commuter car.
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    I cannot believe the prices in Toronto. On my 2005 visit, I drove around Woodbridge to see how much newer brick townhomes with nice finishes with 2 levels stacked above the 2 car garage cost and they were about $325,000 to $375,000 (CDN). I converted that into U.S. dollars (almost always a lower $ amount) and, for some reason, I thought it was sort of high. Given what I've seen in Toronto prices based on the last R.E. magazine I checked out, I'd hate to see what those townhomes would cost now.
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    Our 1800 sq foot 1916 house was assessed 350k higher than we bought it for in 2017, 2.5 years after we bought it .
  12. Dream Car Garage- Recently Departed Edition

    Viper ACR Scirocco R-Line TDI Cayenne Turbo S SS Sedan Vantage V12 S Roadster
  13. While automakers are going crazy in terms planning new crossovers, Kia is showing some restraint. Speaking with Ward https://t.co/akKcpG0xz2

  14. Kia News: Kia Has No Plans For Truck, A-Segment Crossover

    I think Kia is smart to not go into the full size pickup truck war as well as the a-class subcompact market. Performance is always desirable by all fans so taking their existing products and offering a performance version of some would be a smart move.
  15. Funny Story, The two Santa Fe Sports that Motor Trend tested were the base model and FWD(184hp) and the fully loaded one (240hp/260tq) and AWD and the 184hp one edged it in acceleration. I'd probably safe to assume the additional 500lbs and larger wheels did it in bu it's crazy how much weight can negatively effect the performance of a vehicle.
  16. While automakers are going crazy in terms planning new crossovers, Kia is showing some restraint. Speaking with Wards Auto, Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America said the company doesn't see an opportunity to introduce an A-Segment crossover. “I don’t think we see an opportunity there. We have a lot of coverage in the marketplace now, and that is not a priority at this point. I think we would see more opportunity in C-segment (CUVs) then we would in A- or B-(segment models),” said Hedrick. Kia will also not join Hyundai with entering the pickup truck market. “It’s a big step to take and I think it’s a major commitment.” Hedrick points out that Nissan and Toyota have had issues in trying make a dent into the stronghold of large pickups by Ford, GM, and Ram. "It’s a fierce battle. You have to go into it eyes wide open,” said Hedrick. One interesting tidbit from Ward Auto's piece is that Kia is considering doing something similar to Hyundai's N performance sub-brand. Source: Wards Auto View full article
  17. Kia Has No Plans For Truck, A-Segment Crossover

    While automakers are going crazy in terms planning new crossovers, Kia is showing some restraint. Speaking with Wards Auto, Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America said the company doesn't see an opportunity to introduce an A-Segment crossover. “I don’t think we see an opportunity there. We have a lot of coverage in the marketplace now, and that is not a priority at this point. I think we would see more opportunity in C-segment (CUVs) then we would in A- or B-(segment models),” said Hedrick. Kia will also not join Hyundai with entering the pickup truck market. “It’s a big step to take and I think it’s a major commitment.” Hedrick points out that Nissan and Toyota have had issues in trying make a dent into the stronghold of large pickups by Ford, GM, and Ram. "It’s a fierce battle. You have to go into it eyes wide open,” said Hedrick. One interesting tidbit from Ward Auto's piece is that Kia is considering doing something similar to Hyundai's N performance sub-brand. Source: Wards Auto
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    My 1952 house 2000 sqft with 2 car garage, 3 bedrooms, 1 office, 1 3/4 bath on .3 acre lot. Bought in 1999 at $140,000, now valued at $452,800 by the county for tax purposes, $4,300 a year in property tax, but local realtors say it can sell for between $550,000 and $600,000. Washington housing market is crazy! 223% percent increase in 19 years. Crazy
  19. So the last few 'DG' threads got a little action, so here's a new one for you guys. A very simple, but challenging one. Only cars/trucks/SUV's that were discontinued/overhauled in for the 2018 MY are eligible. Rules- 1) Maximum of 5 choices 2) Only 2017 Model Year vehicles can be chosen 3) Your choices must have had 2017 be the last availability 4) Your choices must be models that received ALL NEW replacements in 2018, or were discontinued entirely 5) Any market is allowed 6) These are your only vehicles Enjoy!
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    Almost saw an accident yesterday...going down a major 4 lane street w/ lot of potholes...cop was up ahead, parked in the right lane, lights on, parked behind a car he'd pulled over...partially in the street, partially on the curb...car in front of me dodges a pot hole and almost veers into the cop as he is getting out of his car...
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    Almost in a very bad traffic accident this morning, someone in a silver Acura blew a red light at twilight, almost missed them and pulled out into the intersection...had I pulled out, they would have T boned me in the drivers door. Not good. Wife gasping in the back seat when she happened to glance up was the only thing that stopped me. Wife this morning was livid that she had gained ten pounds... and then realized the family cat was standing behind her on the scale. Bother in law had a tumor removed, they are not sure if it is cancerous or not. No one in the Buffalo hospital system can figure out what it is...sending sample off to Harvard medical. NOT the way you want to go to Harvard. he is my age...not good...additional growth in his abdomen will require surgery. they think he might have additional growth in his chest, they are doing ultra sound and MRI to figure WTF is going on. Daughter is going to model UN as part of high school project...I am headed to Michigan to coach/judge in a debate tournament at Hillsdale College in about an hour. Getting out of Columbus will be a bear.
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    I have a 21 year old daughter and a 24 year old son who both ahve fantastic jobs, daughter is making north of 50K son is making north of 60K, both are being priced out of local amrket because house prices in Columbus are going off the chain. My house has gone up in value $25k in the last two years.
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    When I was looking at buying a house in Denver back in '05-07, I was looking at 2500 sq ft split levels and ranches, 60s-70s construction on decent sized lots, in the $350-450k range...same houses now are $500-750k.
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    I looked up the Post WW2 stucco ranches in L.A. that I grew up in and their prices are scary. I'm constantly scratching my head as to who can afford them. Someone must be able to or they couldn't charge those prices. The supply and demand curves must be intersecting. My parents couldn't buy those same houses if fairly new to L.A. in this day and age. Prices are high, but assessments as a percentage in L.A. aren't as absurd as they are in other major urban areas. As for square footage, 1,200 s.f. sounds like my cup of tea. I had a Southern styled brick ranch with the open carport at one side when I lived in Atlanta that was about 1,300 s.f. I loved it. Not too big, not too small. Driving by it if and when I'm in town breaks my heart because I don't have it anymore. I sensed that it was an up and coming area, and I was correct. They put a spur of their rapid transit system going fairly close by to it because the nearby area turned into a suburban business district. Well, when living near Seattle, I had to downsize into condo/townhome type living. It, too, was o.k., but nothing like what I had in Atlanta. But, OTOH, I had no yard work. Either way, if you want to buy a detached home in L.A. with 3 bedrooms for about $350K to $450K, it will be in South Central or maybe Compton, the latter of which is not in the city of L.A. Also, I've heard that some white folks are moving back into the South Central area, fixing up the homes, and living in them. They'd be smack between downtown and the harbor suburbs, although the area looks and feels sort of banal and doesn't have a lot of trees on the lawn strips. You fly right over it on approach to LAX. In reality, South Central has converted from having an African-American majority to having a huge Hispanic population within the last 2 decades. Let's just say it's still not the optimal part of L.A. to live in for low crime and good schools. As for art deco, the design of homes/buildings and ships cross-fertilized each other in that era, I believe.
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    I know there is a lot of work in NJ/NYC area, I get headhunters pinging me about gigs there all the time.. if I wasn't working out of my house and couldn't find something in CLE/CMH/PITT, I'd consider looking at the East Coast and fly out and back every week (if I could get a high enough rate to offset travel expenses). My sister did that for 15 years from Arizona--traveling all over the country and to the UK...but the life of a road warrior consultant is always intense.
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    My house is probably worth $230K...two story colonial, 16 years old. Ranch homes can be really comfortable.
  27. This is completely untrue; there are loads of DOHC engines in drag racing & the equivalent of NASCAR- the valve actuators don't care if the front wheels are turning one way, both ways or steering straight.
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