Even though there's already been a lot of short comments about the impact of the Somersoft Forums in the "End of an Era" thread, I thought I might start a dedicated thread for longer testimonials about what Somersoft has meant to people. I'll start off ... I joined the original Somersoft forums back around 1999/2000 not long after having relocated to Sydney leaving an unintentional IP of our ex-PPOR in Adelaide. I discovered the forums through reading Jan's books and was delighted to find people with a passion for property and a willingness to share their knowledge. Through some of the early meetups that were organised in Sydney, I made some very good friends - people who I am glad to still call friends today. The forum community helped me to learn how to identify a good deal - and more importantly helped me through my early phase of analysis-paralysis where I couldn't see the IPs for all the houses. Some of the key things I have learned from the forum community which still stick with me today: how experience is the best teacher because it cements all the theory into reality the importance of starting with the end in mind structuring your finances for maximum flexibility without limiting your borrowing capacity how to not try and predict the market, just adjust to it how to not judge the quality of an IP by my own expectations for where I personally would live the magic of thinking big not to ask questions like "is this tax deductible?", but rather "how can this be tax deductible?" I have had great conversations with many people from this community - through the forums, the chatroom, at meetups and in person. All of my mentors and advisors have come from this community - and there are people here who have gone well out of their way to help me far beyond my expectations. It is the community which has made this site so great - so, thankyou to the people of the Somersoft Forums. I hope we can keep in touch in other ways, but if not, best wishes and thankyou for helping to make something so special. The Somersoft Forums have become a part of my life - as sad as it is to say goodbye, it will always remain a part of who I am today.