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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.

16 responses to “Poll: How long have you lived in your current home?”

  1. Toad37

    Lot of less than a year votes. interesting.

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  2. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Toad37 @ 1 – I think the poll includes people who rent, not just people who own.

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  3. Blurtman

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 2 – Yes, I thought the same, but if you rent, is it “your home?” And if you are paying an interest only mortgage, is it “your home?” Where is President Clinton when you need him?

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  4. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Blurtman @ 3 – It’s your home, but it might not be your house.

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  5. StillRenting

    I voted (one to under five years) and I don’t own my home. If I didn’t have a home I would be homeless, and that rent check I write each month ensures that isn’t the case.

    I think if the poll wanted to exclude renters it should read “For people who live in a home they own, how long have you lived in your current home?”

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  6. Blurtman

    RE: StillRenting @ 5 – But folks who are not renting the home in which they abide, and that the banks own, and to whom ownership is slowly transferring to the resident, would be excluded.

    So maybe “How long have you lived in the place where you are currently abiding?” Then we could also capture folks living in their cars, under freeway overpasses, etc.

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  7. gardener1

    Define “current home”.

    We have been in this apartment dwelling for 4 years. It is our home for now–till we leave, and then it isn’t anymore.

    Do you mean ownership? Attachment? Occupancy? Heritage?

    I don’t have a home. I just live here now. I lived somewhere else five years ago, and somewhere different five years before that.

    People often ask me where I’m from, as though everyone has a meaningful pat answer to that question. I’m from Ohio, my great grandparents were German, I’m an American, I now live in west Seattle. No place is my ‘home’.

    Your question is too vague to answer.

    I am nearly 60 years old. I do not have a *home*. I live here now and when things change I will live some other place.

    My heart is my home. It goes with me wherever I am.

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  8. wreckingbull

    By gardener1 @ 7:

    Define “current home”.

    I don’t know why a rental can’t be considered a home. Some of my best memories with family members took place in rented dwellings. Simmer down. I think the question was an honest question, not some dig at renters.

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  9. Kary L. Krismer

    I only brought the topic up in the second post to explain why so many responses were less than a year. People who rent tend to be more mobile and/or people who are more mobile tend to rent.

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  10. softwarengineer

    RE: Toad37 @ 1

    And a Lot of 2006+ Buyers

    No wonder a lot of downthumb voting on any blog quoting actual/recent/grim unemployment and work force data from our federal government’s BLS data.

    They demand/want recent positive economic reads, even when their data bank is basically empty.

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  11. softwarengineer

    RE: softwarengineer @ 10

    Assuming “Home”

    Means bought a Seattle area house recently.

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  12. MS

    People who read this blog are either looking to settle down by buying in this market or are real estate professionals. The votes are going to heavily fall under the shorter duration buckets. Not sure what the goal of this particular vote is but I would not take this as a reflection on the population as a whole.

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  13. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: MS @ 12 – For one thing, the owner(s) of the house I put an offer in on Saturday probably have never even had an Internet connection. They’ve been their so long that their deed doesn’t even show up on the King County Recorder’s website. And I mean it doesn’t show up, not that it isn’t scanned in. That’s old!

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  14. AxlRose

    Leave it to bubbleheads to make a mess of a simple question. Sheesh.

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  15. Rachel

    RE: MS @ 12 – I’ve owned my home for 12 years and I also own rental properties, some of which I would like to sell. I read this blog to keep up with the local market.

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  16. Peter

    I’m less than a year in a home I bought with a mortgate. Bought for 50% off 2007 prices, or what the house sold for in 1999, and currently have a 3.8% mortgage that I will pay off in 20 years. It seems like a good time to buy if you find the right deal. I have waited since 2005 to find a deal. Besides, the invesor owned home I was renting got foreclosed on.

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