The Stranger mocks the Condo Expo

Charles Mudude at The Stranger writes the article I wanted to write if I knew how to write (I know it’s not an excuse but I have a degree in mathematics), Where’s the Party? I Went to the Condo Expo and All I Got Was a Pamphlet and a Bottled Water:

Why was the event so calm, so sexless, so dull? And where were the models of the “excited” buildings? And what about fancy simulations of the condos? Or how about something total outrageous, like an actual chunk of a condominium hanging in the middle of the midsize space? The best thing the event offered was a computer-generated animation of the future cityscape on a flat screen, which was hardly impressive because the same animation, Cityscape 2010, is available on the web…

So true.

About Matt Goyer

I love condos, lofts, floating homes, new construction and mid-century moderns so much so that since starting this blog in 2006 I've written over 2,000 blog posts about them!

For years I resisted becoming a real estate agent preferring to be a marketing executive at Redfin but after leaving Redfin (after seven years!) I caved in the spring of 2014 and became a broker. So if you need help finding that "Urbnlivn-style" place or selling your home email me at matt@urbnlivn.com, I'd be happy to help you.

Prior to Urbnlivn and Redfin, I worked at Microsoft after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics with a major in computer science.

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  • jaap

    1). Matt, you greatly underestimate your ability to write.

    2). Personally, I didn’t find the article that well written and in fact had dismissed it as that of yet another insecure young person standing around trying desparately to sound ironic. Its cool these days to attempt writing like the soundtrack from This American Life. And yet, I agree with him.

    I dont know. Perhaps we are not yet quite the big city we imagine ourselves to be. The coin without the kwan? You know, half-a-mil doesnt buy what it used to and contains far less wow-factor then it did a few years ago.

    And if I had a million plus to drop on a new condo, would I really attend some soda pop condo fair with pamphlets on card tables? Wouldnt my people get with your people and arrange a private viewing so we could agree to meet over lunch and drinks to discuss the details?

  • jaap

    1). Matt, you greatly underestimate your ability to write.

    2). Personally, I didn’t find the article that well written and in fact had dismissed it as that of yet another insecure young person standing around trying desparately to sound ironic. It’s cool these days to attempt writing like the soundtrack from This American Life. And yet, I agree with him.

    I don’t know. Perhaps we are not yet quite the big city we imagine ourselves to be. The coin without the kwan? You know, half-a-mil doesn’t buy what it used to and contains far less wow-factor then it did a few years ago.

    And if I had a million plus to drop on a new condo, would I really attend some soda pop condo fair with pamphlets on card tables? Wouldn’t my people get with your people and arrange a private viewing so we could agree to meet over lunch and drinks to discuss the details?

  • mhays

    A chunk of model unit would be expensive for that venue, and sales offices would hate to send their building models away. But I’m surprised that there weren’t floor plans, price sheets, sample finishes, and other stuff that’s easy to bring in a hatchback.

    Any project that’s six months from starting will at least have draft floorplans. Maybe they don’t want to take money yet but at least people can look and get excited.

    Maybe I’m unusual among condo buyers. But really I don’t care about their project until I see the floor plan and price, and preferably a crane in the air.

  • mhays

    A chunk of model unit would be expensive for that venue, and sales offices would hate to send their building models away. But I’m surprised that there weren’t floor plans, price sheets, sample finishes, and other stuff that’s easy to bring in a hatchback.

    Any project that’s six months from starting will at least have draft floorplans. Maybe they don’t want to take money yet but at least people can look and get excited.

    Maybe I’m unusual among condo buyers. But really I don’t care about their project until I see the floor plan and price, and preferably a crane in the air.

  • Strangerthanfiction

    @1-

    None of the Stranger staffers are nearly as young as you think they are.

  • Strangerthanfiction

    @1-

    None of the Stranger staffers are nearly as young as you think they are.