The Church of Real Estate

The time has come to introduce a little side project I’ve been working on: The Church of Real Estate.

The Church of Real Estate

The idea came from a series of amusing comments by a reader who used to frequent Seattle Bubble, posting under the name “AMS.” Real estate is treated almost like a religion by many people, so why not just go all the way and make it one?

I intend to update The Church of Real Estate website once or twice a week. Note that it’s not just a local site—the content on The Church of Real Estate will be national and even international. So far the posts have consisted of amusingly upbeat real estate stories, advertising propaganda, and a running feature on famous homes / homes of famous people.

If you’ve got any clever ideas for The Church of Real Estate, please send them my way.

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About The Tim

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. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.

17 comments:

  1. 1
    Nate says:

    Looks like fun, but I can’t subscribe with my Reader for some reason… ?

  2. 2
    Drone says:

    The benediction after the sermon was hilarious! Nice job.

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  4. 4

    I tried Blogging a Nice Divine Intervention Photo to you Tim

    Its URL was apparently too complicated to insert….just type “Baal God Pictures” in a Yahoo search engine…itr will come up that way.

    You may want to design your own Pink Pony Baal god to bow to…..

    Great job Tim, it got me smiling….

  5. 5

    Is there anything there about an immaculate mutual acceptance?

  6. 6
    CCG says:

    It’s a new paradigm, and everybody who doesn’t buy, now, will be priced out forever. Anybody who does buy will be rewarded with a lifetime of riches, as their property will continue its 30% yearly price increase.

    Renters, and anybody born in future generations, will be unable to afford a $10,000,000 starter house in 10 years. They will live in tent cities, and Hondas.

    This asset bubble is different than all of the others – it will never slow down, or pop. The gains are permanent.

    Amen.

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    redmondjp says:

    And we bow down before the Altar of Unending Appreciation where our burnt offerings of Earnest Money and Down Payment are made . . .

    There are so many ways to go with this, it just makes my head spin! I look forward to the updates . . . Is Lawrence Yun the pope? Did Suzanne research this, or did she just have a burning sensation about it? How about the housing escalator theory?

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    Janine says:

    I have to agree with CCG…if you can’t buy now, you will miss out on one of the best “markets” for deals. Do whatever you can scrap together the money and then look to HUD for some of their programs for additional downpayment assistance.
    .

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    Scotsman says:

    Oh my.

    I hope JLS doesn’t have the same “burning sensation” Suzanne has experienced. Inconvenient.

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    ; says:

    that is a thoroughly amusing website. i especially like the reverent and holy tone.

  11. 11
    Suitably Skeptical says:

    Buy my house and get 72 virgins ….

  12. 12
    One Eyed Man says:

    OK, so I F’ed up again. Just see below.:)

  13. 13
    One Eyed Man says:

    A lot of people probably see this site as merely a joke. And certainly, a lot of real estate related dogma is myth worthy of our laughter rather than immutable law worthy of our allegiance. But don’t miss the forest for the trees. If actions speak louder than words, you’re a disciple of the church of mother earth even if you’re not a devotee of the sect known as the church of real estate. Whether you believe in a material god or not, you’re actions reflect that you tithe on a regular basis to suckle at the teat of your earthly mother. You need her even more apparently than you need the spiritual comfort of a heavenly father. Even if you worship spiritually on a regular basis, I doubt that you leave anywhere near as much in the offering plate as you leave at the checkout stand.

    So if you’re a non-believer, think about it next time you write the check for your monthly offering to your landlord or your mortgage holder. And even if you’re part of the landed gentry you more than likely tithe on a regular basis to the Safeway or the QFC for the bounty of your earthly mother that you require every day for your continued existence and can’t provide without her.

    If you think that the purely physical world lacks the spiritual features necessary to constitute what you conceive to be necessary for a religion, think again. Just as you might laugh at those who deify the earth, water and sky, there are those would look skeptically upon the deification of a spiritually fathered virgin birth as if someone were claiming that Hercules or Perseus were actually the son of Zeus. To some, the miraculous and little understood laws of nature, which are probably most closely described in the observed and ever changing laws of physics, may be as close as we mortals can get to knowing god.

    But I’m neither a prophet nor a reformer. I am merely an observer, all be it with very limited sight. But I know one thing. You all tithe in some form to the church of real estate even if you don’t acknowledge its existence.

  14. 14
    Lo Ball Jones says:

    My temple should be a house of prayer.

    But you have made it…a den of thieves!

    Get out….Get out!!!!

  15. 15
    hinten says:

    Why is everyone surprise that a multi-trillion dollar business attracts shysters, newsletters, “professionals”, lobbyists, amateur investors, people on blogs that only respond so their business gets some advertising, and believers? How is this any different from the stock market?

    Also, you got the carpenter part right.

  16. 16
    Still Anonymous says:

    Does the RMLS database/website correspond to the Scientologists’ blinking gadget doohickies?

  17. 17
    kurt says:

    @ #1 Nate

    The RSS feed is hard to find on the Church of Real Estate website.
    It can be found on the lower right side.

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