Bullshit. A bunch of expired listings, landlords who run their ads (same as last year, word for word) as a sort of perverted show-and-tell, never getting back to you, my predictions of abundant listings following the pandemic entirely wrong. 100%. Listings have dropped to a third - 22 or less, from a high of 90+ over the summer, and most ads are just people advertising they need an apartment or room to stay in over the winter. Landlords - few. Landlords that respond, fewer. Today, 10 hours - full - on hold for a potential landlady that has a suite to rent but has to take just "one more call" before she can speak to me. 

Calgary was no great show either, but this is crazy. Nonetheless, I need a place to live. 

The interview, she wants to talk, can I work?, can I maybe run an air-bnb?, can I fix roofs?, paint?, mow lawns?, shovel snow?, do I want it furnished and how much extra am I willing to pay...?

On and On and On...

If I don't find a place soon - possible, even probable, I'm packing up the jeep and moving to Nova Scotia. Or somewhere, not here, this - until I've made my fortune, is insane. And what makes it worse - like in 3/4 of BC - is that a full 2/3 of the properties here - more, even - are vacant all winter, vacation properties held by out-of-towners.

We need to eat the rich, if only to make room for the locals.