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    03-17-2014, 06:39 PM
HGTV - Love it or List it


I have been drawn into this show on HGTV, people have an old outdated House and one person wants to move the other wants to stay.

They have a realtor and a designer come in and the designers tries to revamp the House to entice the person who wants to move to stay, of course the Realtor tries to find a new House that will entice them to move.

I find myself torn sometimes for who to vote for, the Love It side or the List it side

That being said, it seems many of the shows take Place in Toronto and Ontario and it's suburbs and I am amazed at the prices of some of these Houses.

This morning they had a house in a suburb of Toronto, the house was 1,480 SF and even in sad shape it was valued at 610,000.00, then later they had a House valued at 890,000.00 for I think it was 2,200 SF

Are prices really that high in Canada?

HGTV has a lot of other shows about fixing up Houses, my new favorite Station

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    03-17-2014, 07:02 PM
Ha ha! We love that show!

But our minds are BLOWN when they say the prices. Our FARM cost a FRACTION of what those list at, even after we got in a bidding war. Then the renovation costs??? Whew! They cost a fortune compared to what we can do here...

Lots of good ideas though. We want to put in a room for DD in the attic and blow out two bathrooms and a closet to make a big master bath.
We gave her the master bedroom and want it back...
Still gotta hit the lottery though :). The show is addictive and unless you LOVE your house I don't think anyone should watch it, gives us too many "Hmmmm..." thoughts.
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    03-17-2014, 07:06 PM
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I have a lot of family and friends in the Toronto and Guelph areas of Canada and prices there seem to have held a lot better than they have in the US - we thought about moving there ourselves but decided against it because of higher prices
If you want a real shock then watch House Hunters International where in some countries the same money will either buy you (A) a flash place on acreage or (B) high rise box where the living area is the same size as the storage cupboard in (A)!!!
    03-17-2014, 07:12 PM
The result of a sound economy. Something we Americans haven't seen in many years lol. Minimum wage in Ontario being 11 dollars an hour.

I find the show alluring. I was anticipating it based off a commercial I saw. I simply adore older homes and their charm. What channel?
    03-17-2014, 08:22 PM
Properties in Toronto and some of the smaller cities around it are veeery expensive. In Montreal, only houses in Westmount (the older, very rich part of the city) are that pricy, if not way way more for the mansions that are actually in good shape. As for the rest of Montreal, it depends what area you look at. A decent sized house that is renovated in my part of the city will go between 550 000 and 800 000$, which is a lot, but that's because my town is close to downtown while still feeling like a suburb. Because of that they know people will pay more for the neighborhood.

Once you move out the the outskirts of MOntreal though, real estate is much less expensive. You can buy a spanking new family home (3-4 bed, 2 bath) for 300 000$.

But yes, definitely compared to the properties in the states, things are crazy expensive here!
    04-14-2014, 08:59 PM
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Me too!! I love HGTV, and watch "Love It Or List It" all the time.

Another one I like is "House Hunters", and the one about buying in Hawaii (that one makes me sooo jealous, ha).
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    04-15-2014, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
House prices are in fact that insane in Ontario. Even apartments are insane. I was renting a small 1bdrm apt in Etobicoke(the "burbs") and it wasn't a trashy building, but nothing fancy. I paid $1300 a month for rent.

Manitoba, Sask, Nova Scotia, PEI housing prices are a little bit better. New Brunswick is hit and miss. The economy in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is in the dumps but the price of housing hasn't declined any.

I am addicted to Love It Or List It and Property Brothers... I LOVE Property Brothers!
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    04-15-2014, 08:33 PM
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I watch them too - I'm addicted to looking at what other people do to their houses!!!
    04-15-2014, 09:19 PM
I like the HGTV shows. The love it or list it, you would think by now, people would figure out that there are going to be Issues with old homes mainly plumbing, electrical and Foundation.
And the same thing goes for the Property Brothers show also.. Lets buy this fixer ,and then fuss when there are more problems than expected. The cost would be less, if they did not go in and Furnish the house..
    04-21-2014, 12:33 PM
Originally Posted by Remali    
Another one I like is "House Hunters", .
A friend's daughter bought a house that was "one of the three" on a House Hunters episode. Interesting thing was the "buyer" had already purchased one of the featured houses and the other two were just props.
Throws an interesting light on all that yammering over the pros and cons... : )

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