Friday, July 17, 2009

Smokey the Mortgage Broker

If you live in an area prone to fires like Southern California or Central Oregon you've probably heard the term 'prescribed burning' or 'planned burning'. Basically, it's the practice of setting smaller fires in perfectly good forests or letting naturally occurring fires burn without interference. The theory is that this will keep the "fuel" from getting too thick which can lead to fires that are harder to put out and much more catastrophic in the long run.

Personally, I think it makes sense. More importantly, I think this same practice just might be what we need to rescue the housing market in the United States and get the economy back on track.

Here's my proposal. I call it 'Operation Smokey Freedom'. The government needs to go into certain overbuilt areas and start burning a set amount of the new homes (aka undergrowth) that were overbuilt during the last 10 years. This would help reduce the inventory and get the prices (trees) growing again. Employment would rise as construction workers would be needed again to build new homes and that would help all the retailers who depend on the construction industry. And people wouldn't have to look at all those empty houses with price reduced signs on them. So write you Senator or Congressman and let them know you support this idea.

And remember, 'Only You Can Prevent Mortgage Meltdowns.'

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Does Anyone Know The Meaning Of This Word.

SOLD. I was driving down a street near here yesterday and I passed a house that had this word written on it. SOLD. It sort of rings a bell. I'm sure I used to know what it meant but I just can't put my finger on it. Like high school Spanish. SOLD. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

For Sale. Quaint 850 sq. ft. home With 23 Bay Garage

In Los Angeles, no one uses their garage. At least not for their car. Garages have become workshops, gyms, hydroponic marijuana farms or a place to store your mother-in-law. Anything but what they were actually created for. Cars, on the other hand, stay in the driveway or out on the road making parking even harder to find. But at least the proportions are right. The house is bigger than the garage.

In Oregon, it's the complete opposite. Garages seem to tower over the homes to which they are attached. 5 or 6 bays, two of which are big enough to store the families 85' RV and their 36' pontoon party boat.

I don't get it. We don't even have a garage. Of course, I have no idea where to put the kayak.