The farewell post!

Ok. Shutting down all access to the blog was overdone and led to a lot of speculation.

Lets clarify: The issue with the REBGV was minor and was dealt with immediately. They were concerned that the 2008 housing market graph shown on the November market update post could be construed as being somehow created by or endorsed by the board.  That image has been altered and all older versions of it have been removed to address their concern.

No one has told me to close the blog and I have not been offered $25,000 to stop publishing this site (geez, i wish!).  I don’t believe (as some seem to) there is any conspiracy by the board to try to shut down blogs or hide news about the market – that seems about as unreasonable as trying to get a meteorologist to stop reporting the weather because you don’t like that it rains so much here.

I’m closing this blog because it feels like it’s run its course.  Originally I found humor in the widespread excitement over the Vancouver housing market, and the popular view that this was somehow a market that was not affected by any normal economic fundamentals or cycles.  As the market peaked and started to decline there was less opportunity for humor and this site became more technical.  A lot of the topics covered by this blog are now found in the local dailies and on the evening news, so it’s begun to feel redundant.

When a hobby becomes an unpaid job it’s no longer fun.  For the most part lately I’ve been linking to news stories and sorting through spambot posts to make sure that all of comments on this site are at least posted by humans, if not always on topic or sensible.  The grouchy note from the REBGV was simply one more thing that made me think “how much time and energy do I want to spend here?”.  I will likely be making the archives of this site available to someone else to host, and for now the wiki remains open.  If anyone has any problem with the content of the wiki they can edit it themselves.

There’s a mix of sadness and relief in making the decision to stop this blog.  I appreciate the range of discussion and community that this site has built, and wish you all the best of luck whether you rent, own or somehow manage to live for free.  Be nice to each other.

For me its time to move on to other things!

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john
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john

The fact this site is shutting down is proof that Vancouver condos are the best investment in the world period. Other than SUVS. I'm stating my own blawg called VancouverSuv.info where all you SUVs investors and rich asians can talk about condos and SUVs. No boat talk (one sank yesterday) and only sane bears are allowed.

Many Franks
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Pope, thanks for all the work you put into this. I hope that, like VHB, you'll poke your head in as Blogger Emeritus with the odd commentary and contribution.

boohoo
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boohoo

VCI will surely be missed. Pope, thank you for providing a forum where truth and sanity prevailed. Enjoy your newfound free time.

condomadhatter
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condomadhatter

Thanks so much for all your hard work in keeping this site a happening place for so long. It was my daily morning ritual.

Best of luck in the future.

NO -LYMPICS
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NO -LYMPICS
Pope: You are the proprietor, "da boss". its yours. I came on board a bit late, but found the VCI blog fun fascinating and ultimately educational. My thanks for simply doing a great public service and creating and hosting VCI. When I logged on this morning, I was truly shocked to see your announcment.(and yeah, to be honest all sorts of conspiracy theories went through my mind as I am sure others did too). Things can run their course, but IMHO view things are only getting warmed up. I see HISTORY in the making as we speak…a major event in this Global meltdown. I think VCI may be more important (and perhaps more necessary)more than ever NOW in a lifeline/lifeboat/lifesaver to the impacted, affected and/or undecided. Updated news on the collapse is F-A-R more important NOW than past news on… Read more »
RJ
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This site has saved me money. In return, I will host the site if you'd like, for free.

Others can volunteer to edit and maintain it, but as far as hosting is concerned, you'll never have to worry about paying for that again.

Contact me via email and I'll make it happen.

betamax
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betamax

Thanks ever so much for all your hard work.

I enjoyed reading this forum, found it entertaining and informative, and I'll miss it.

jim
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jim

Thanks for all the hard work over the years… I've been following the story since the early VHB years. I don't think the blog should be ended yet as the housing scene has yet to run it's full course. It's not up to you to carry the load when so many others are engaged so hopefully we can all shift over to new sight and keep the info flowing.

Thanks gain for all the work

J

bdk
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bdk

Thank You!

It was fun reading your blog daily.

sansi
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sansi

I'm surprised by the sense of loss I feel that your blog is closing down. Like others, I understand the amount of work it must take, and the grind of doing something that's no longer enjoyable. I hope that's the reason, though little hairs stood up on the back of my neck when I read the correspondence between the REBGV and you…

Farewell, and many, many thanks for your blog.

john
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john

Another bear realises that investing in the stock market instead of buying condos was not a sound financial decision.

john is lame
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john is lame

sure john, whatever. most of the regulars here aren't heavily inested in stocks either, at least not for the short term.

a common complaint here has been that there weren't many safe places to make money. the current melt down in global stock and real estate markets is proof we were right.

I for one am glad I ignored the hype and will miss this useful site.

Skye
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Skye

Thanks for all the laughs, Pope!! I think the fun's just getting started though, where am I going to chat with all the other bitter renters? This looks promising:

http://housing-analysis.blogspot.com/

YLTNboomerang
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YLTNboomerang

Thanks for keeping the blog alive and all the customization work as long as you did. When VHB shut down I felt withdrawal and bounced around a few blogs, got my methadone like fix from Chipman until I got the real crack-like high here. Anyway, your blog has been part of my daily lunchtime routine right after I update my spreadsheet.

Does anyone have any suggestions for where I can get my fix next?

Rado
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Pope, let me know if you need space to host the archive of this blog.

Btw, I don't think that the emails from REBGV were that innocent.

Disbelief
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Disbelief

With a tear in my eye and money in my bank account I would like to thank you for being the voice of reason and for hosting the Best Re blog for the best RE in the world. Thanks we will all miss this blog…

Re-diculous
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Re-diculous

Thanks for all you efforts…will miss this blog. It's kind of like losing a friend.

TJ
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TJ

Thanks for all your work, your blog was always on my daily readings.

Can you not use ads and make some $ out of this? All of us would love to see this going and for you to get compensation for your work!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

REBGV is like a MAFIA

Anon
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Anon

this is sad…

good luck to all.

richard1
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richard1

thanks and bye!

buff_butler
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buff_butler

Thanks and take care!

squidly77
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squidly77

is the REBGV the only source that is allowed to create charts concerning vancouver real estate..i dont know where they get off with there objections

i object to all real estate boards that refuse to open there books to the public for scrutiny

i object being spoon fed self made statistics given to us with the *just trust us* attitude

i object to there exorberant salesmen fees

i object there claim that the MLS is there exclusive property

and i strongly object there poor conduct

thanks to pope for all the time that you spent maintaining your blog

Lily pad
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Lily pad
As a reader of Ben Jones' blog from the beginning to VHB's to Pope's I must say that I am duly impressed by the efforts that have gone into these blogs. I also must say that an enormous amount of effort has gone into the blogs by the commenters as well. Without each other we would not be in the enviable position that we are in today. Thank you to EVERYONE bull and bear alike who has contributed to the great debates on the real estate bubble. Thank you especially to the big bold brilliant blog owners who have made these incredibly informative debates possible over the years of the housing bubble. Yes, I agree that there will be excitement as the bubble finishes popping, but in my opinion the most excitement has been had and future excitement will be… Read more »
GhostRider
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GhostRider

Well, what can we say other than that VCI will be missed?

One Elvis favourite does come to mind…

Thank you, Pope… Thank you very much.

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