Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rear View

As many market observers are recognizing, perceptions about the market by the 'average joe' are being dramatically influenced by the barrage of negative real estate sales news stories hitting the mainstream media.

It seems that everywhere you turn, bubble deniers are slowly beginning to admit the market is changing. 

No where is the change in attitude more entertaining to watch than with our favourite cam-car realtor, Ian Watt.

As we noted two days ago, Watt is out with his latest video clip and he says that it's more than mortgage rules that are bringing down prices in Vancouver Real Estate... Vancouver is over priced - simple as that.

In fact, in the above video clip, Watt states:
"Vancouver may have been 10% overpriced"
May have been?

As the poster 'crashcow' on VCI notes, this is a bit of a change from just a couple of months ago.

Faithful readers will recall that is was only July 9th when Ian was singing a slightly different tune in a video we posted here.

In this July 9th vid, Watt was telling us the stats were out for June 2012 for the downtown condo market.

Ian said June was the worst month, as far as activity was concerned, in Greater Vancouver in 10 years.

Market sales were down 20% and Watt conceded we were slipping into a buyer's market.

His prescient crystal ball told him that prices "may correct 5%" and then he then gets giddy as he suggests you might want to get out there and look around to buy because:
"someone might be desperate, someone might be motivated, someone might be fearful of all this news."
With a correction of 5%, July was the time to buy! 3 months later,Watt now tells us the market is 10% overvalued... Gee Ian, how fearful will sellers be now that the market is 10% overvalued instead of 5%?

How long before we post the next Ian Watt car cam clip telling us the market was actually 20% overvalued?

Maybe this is why Watt always records these clips in his car.  The rear view mirror outlook is easily facilitated as he chases the market downward.


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  1. not only a biased tool - this is the sort of person that will say ANYTHING depending on how it best suites him in the moment

  2. Looks like a nice car. Wonder how long until we see a dash cam update from inside a 1978 F150?

    1. A 1978 F150 is nearly a collectors vehicle (at least in Alberta.)

      How about an early 1990s Honda Civic or Accord? They'll run right on through the zombie apocalypse but never be a collectors' car because they're too damn ugly. Plus, the Honda cars from the late 80s had them flip-up head lights which were discontinued in 89 or 90 if memory serves me correctly.

      ... yeah, that was mostly off topic.

  3. I'll be happy when I see Ian Watt living in his car and eating ramen noodles warmed with the hot water infuser connected to his car's cigarette lighter... That would make a great video.

    1. Nah, he'll just get up and leave for Alberta or Ontario like the rest of money motivated Lower Mainlanders. That's what the 90s were about. It's going to repeat this decade as well.

      At least Calgarians are not assholes about people from out of province moving in. They at least understand that their city is predicated on boom-bust cycles and people move where the money is.

  4. Id say he is driving 'the realtor car'... the Mercedes GLK

  5. I want credit for being the blog reader most irritated and irked by the Watts and Roys of this town. They irritate the sh*t out of me by using honesty as a ploy to lure anxious sellers and idiot knife-catching buyers into becoming their clients. The bad media exposure, the ridiculous posy video preamble to the rantings... I can't take it. Make it stop.

    I hope every bear that ever buys gives their business to Paul Boenisch. He's been the only straight arrow in a quiver full of slippery eels. Can't even get my metaphors right, that's how irritated seeing these guys' faces makes me.