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!