It's been ten years today since I wrote the first post on the TeamFisher real estate blog.
Since that time, we've published 1280 times and moderated 15,911 comments from readers. I've learned a lot from the experience. Here are a few of my takeaways.
1) Aaron Levenstein was quoted as saying, "Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital." While impossible to do on a weekly basis, I've done my best to provide as deep a look at the stats as I can from time to time.
2) It's difficult to call the market. As we came out of 2006, major Saskatoon brokerages were predicting price gains of three to five percent for 2007. Prices nearly doubled. Across the years, a couple of booms and more busts that I could count on two hands have been predicted. While we've had our ups and downs most of those bumps have been fairly unremarkable, at least when they're viewed over a few years time.
3) Hard work and consistency do pay off. Having written an average of 2.5 posts per week for ten years with no major failings I like to suggest that I am probably the most consistent real estate broker-blogger in the world. I'm sure you can appreciate that I don't always feel like contributing a portion of my weekend to the "week in review." It's hard work keeping it up. A local talk show host once suggested that a real estate blog on a REALTORS® site is "a bit of a mistake" and suggested I should take it down. I'm glad I didn't. It took hours and hours and hours of work with no payoff in sight but blogging turned out to be the best decision that I even made professionally. Exchanging thoughts and doing business with you over the years has been a great honour and a privilege.
Thank you so much for reading. Here's how the market has changed from our first post until now.