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Comments on: Whose Sanity Is Questionable?

Examining the home price boom and its effect on owners, lenders, regulators, real estate agents and the economy as a whole.

Published: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:10:16 +0000


By: Bev

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:09:30 +0000

I'm glad somebody brought up barter. I am doing it, and it is worth thousands a year. I swap services with other small businesses. I know other people who are doing it, too, and the payoffs are really big, in other ways than just cash. The creativity (I think Americans are the most creative in the world) required to negotiate a barter yields real solutions for both parties.

By: Robin

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 02:42:45 +0000

When my girlfriend and I shared an apartment in wonderful Costa Mesa, CA in the1990's, we were guaranteed a rent increase of $50 every 6 months, even for our studio, then 1 bedroom. Eventually gave up renting and moved in completely to a house I bought in 1987, about 15 miles further (aka hotter) inland. No housing payment increase (excluding property tax) was too alluring to avoid.. had to evict my long-term roommate, though! - :) Thirty year loan paid off easily in 17 years. May be able to live off the remnants of Social Security. Fingers crossed.

By: Prime_Is_Contained

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:37:27 +0000

LOL... :-)

By: Avocado

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:37:32 +0000

Landlords would love that. Lots of areas are cheaper to buy with 20% down then to rent. Watching my rent increase over 30 yrs would be more depressing than owning. Timing is everything.

By: Avocado

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:34:37 +0000

"Happiest city in the USA" = SLO. The north county is cheap, if you don't need a job. 82 degrees yesterday at the pool.

By: Northeastener

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 18:40:29 +0000

the trouble is, that really would reduce homeownership to about the 1%. which is maybe the way things should be. And the douchebag troll of the year award for the HBB goes to... stephen e hansen! Let's show the folks at home what Stephen has won!

By: CarrieAnn

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:46:13 +0000

Thanks Pussycat. One particular reason barter will make more and more sense: It's beyond the ability of the government to tax that labor or benefit.

By: Bill in Los Angeles

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 05:02:16 +0000

SLO is high on my list Cactus. A sister of mine lived there a few years in the 80s and I loved to visit there. Went on a tour of Hearst Castle back then. Since then I regarded Hearst Castle as the essence of California living. It would take billionaire status to afford to build and run and staff such a place as that today I suppose.

By: Blue Skye

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 04:54:38 +0000

You are at a great disadvantage. Your competition is willing to pay -600% of their net worth.

By: Cantankerous Intellectual Bomb Thrower©

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 03:51:49 +0000

It was just a lame joke, Polly, no more nor less...

By: Realtors Are Liars®

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 03:44:23 +0000

Realtors are wretched, corrupt liars.

By: polly

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 01:18:46 +0000

Why would a Saudi Imam pay any attention to the work of a Western economist. It is a religious determination, not an economic one. Besides, if they decide that none of the "work arounds" actually work, who will pay them to approve of the financing?