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FFFA! New Year, Peak & Crash.

It’s the end of another week and that means it’s time for another Friday Free-for-all.  This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend.  The first one of 2013!

Lets get to the links:

REBGV HPI: peak down this much
Here’s the press release
Hottest property values dip in 2012
Real Estate boom meet Dot Com Crash
Jesse wins the 2012 prediction contest
Here’s the 2013 prediction contest
Why housing prices aren’t coming back
Whistler condos down 39% over 5 years
Dec 2012 Condo battle map
Vancouver Realtor Hunger Index

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

*Just a reminder: Registration is open over at the Vancouver Peak Forum, but you must leave a human comment within 2 days of registering or your account will be automatically deleted.  This policy helps us keep the board purged of spammer accounts.  Thanks for your understanding!

Happy New Year / Site!

Well, that was 2012.  The real estate market peaked in Vancouver at about the half way point and started heading down.

As we head into 2013 we’ll be watching the market with interest – some of the stats right now are looking as bad as the crash of 2008.

Unlike 2008 we’re now looking at a tighter credit environment and rock bottom interest rates.  It will be interesting to see if there are any more rabbits in that hat.

Thanks to everyone who has taken part in the VCI community this year and your patience with our recent down-time.  We’ve made a number of changes around here to hopefully avoid a similar occurrence in the future.

We’ve also split off VancouverPeak.com from this site and that forum is now running proper forum software which should work much better than the half-way solution we had running before.  Blogs are great, but there is some information which is better served in the discussion forum format.

Things like tracking stats or user generated conversations that can carry on beyond a daily thread are where forums shine, so we invite you to check out the new site at http://vancouverpeak.com

Unlike the previous incarnation registration is open to everyone, but we’ve instituted some automatic user pruning policies that you should know about.  Newly registered accounts have 24 hours to activate their membership via the automated email you will receive after registering.  Please leave at least one human comment within 2 days of registering or your account will be automatically deleted.

We had some good threads on the old site, and we’re manually going through the database and trying to restore the good ones, but it’s a slow process.  If there’s anything specific you would like us to focus on you can leave  a request in the comments.

Thats about it for now, hope you had a good 2012 and here’s to a Happy New Year!

FFFA! Bulls, bears & banter. Farewell 2012!

Hey, it’s not only the end of another week, we’re also heading into the end of the year!  2012 was an interesting time for Vancouver real estate as it peaked and sputtered, ending the year with prices and sales volume down.  What does 2013 have in store?  We’re going to find out soon!

Lets do our regular end of the week news round up post and open topic discussion thread.. and post any suggestions you have for year end topics in the comments here.

And now some recent news links to kick off the chat:

The state of mortgage insurers
The last private insurer
Regulator targets bank risk in 2013
The fight for deposits
LePoidevin / Rabidoux talk video
Down is the new flat
Drivers licenses are too easy to get
Computers get house prices wrong
US: worst holiday sales since ’08

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

 

FFFA! Forecasts! Mortgage! Rules! Carney!

It’s that time of the week again, time for our Friday Free-for-all!  This is when we round up the weeks news and have our open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

IMF: You need tighter mortgage rules
TD: forcasting for the provinces
Teranet HPI scatter plot
Conservative impact from RE market?
Carney gets $400k for housing
Luxury home decline
Sales below 10 year average
Stay out of New West Bob
Home prices fall in most Canadian markets

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!