Got to love jet lag at 5:30 on a Saturday morning. Regular readers know that I spent the last 10 days in England. I cringed at some of the comments that were posted here while I was gone. It’s been less than two months since I wrote “Why there is a Portland Real Estate Blog, again.” It may need reviewing.
New Year’s Resolution 1: Love thy fellow blogger. If we all had the same opinion and view of the market this would be one freak’n boring site. If we make 2008 market predictions, some are going to be right and some wrong. I’ve freely admitted when I have thought or proved to be wrong. JP sorted out the error of my math last week. Sometimes, looking at the data from a different prospective doesn’t produce valid results but the data as put forth may be equally untelling. I could make a policy of just cutting and pasting stories from other sources but what would be the point?
New Year’s Resolution 2: Remember there is a diverse readership. We have renters, one-home owners, multi-property owners, sellers, buyers, investors, want-to-be owners and never-want-to-be owners. What is right for you may not be right for any other reader. Respect the views of others even if they are not yours. Somebody is probably making money right now conducting real estate transactions in this great/awful market. Someone else is losing their shirt.
For the New Year: I am going to do my best to continue not to edit or delete comments (even Naysayer has made the occasional cameo appearance). If they get nasty, I’ll either call you on it or shut off the comments for that particular post and if necessary delete them and ask you to leave. I’ve closed the comments on RMLS November and MarketWatch since I don’t feel the current thread is heading down a productive road.
This is a great, well read, and highly regarded forum but everyone that uses it has some responsibility in keeping it that way.