Weekly Twitter Digest (Link Roundup) for 2012-04-14

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Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.


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    ivan says:

    I’d like to put my mother-in-law in a cargo container.

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    FenceSitter says:

    RE: ivan @ 1
    Too funny. I almost spit out my tea over the computer!

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    You missed this important piece on replacing both springs on your garage door when one breaks. /sarc


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    BoA is apparently streamlining its short sale procedures to get more timely answers.


    Amazing how it only takes bank 4 years to do the obvious, and then it’s still not what it should be. /sarc

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    Macro Investor says:

    The shipping container story shows there’s still plenty of nuts with more money than brains. $59k for a 200 square foot “house” — what a shrewd deal!

    Looks like you could build it yourself for very little and save the $10k shipping cost to boot. An RV without the R or V… pretty much worthless and it probably lowers the value of his property.

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    Jesse says:

    The aspect of the Shiller quote that I always miss is if you actually pay off your mortgage, *then* I’d like to see a measure of the return on the investment from year 30 on, as you live for a fraction of the price of renting. Too bad no one does that anymore.

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    wreckingbull says:

    I’ve always wanted to build a storage shed out of a shipping container. I have had sheds broken into in the past, and it seems a good way to add security.

    The twist is that I’d build a cedar facade and a roof around it so it looked like a stick-built structure. I guess the trick is figuring out how to best wrap it. Perhaps 4×4 posts every 5 feet with sheathing, then lap siding. You would not want to drill into the container and you would probably want some sort of air gap around the container.

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