Weekend Open Thread (2013-01-04)

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Here is your open thread for the weekend beginning Friday January 4th, 2013. You may post random links and off-topic discussions here. Also, if you have an idea or a topic you’d like to see covered in an article, please make it known.

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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.


  1. 1
    apartment boy says:

    I’m considering filing a missing persons report on Scotsman, Losh, One-Eyed Man & the Ukrainian Goddesses?
    Where the heck are those hombres/hombrettes?

  2. 2
    Howard says:

    I read MortgageNewsDaily.com and they linked this:

    “Writers, researchers, and those interested in housing market data have a great new tool to work (or play) with, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The American FactFinder data access tool, an interactive source of information gathered from the 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS) has a wealth of information on the nation’s homes and how their occupants live in, finance, and feel about them”


    I haven’t played with it yet..

  3. 3
    Blurtman says:

    Music video for today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M9zO_i-mow&list=AL94UKMTqg-9AxYJgxJHi4ZnSGCuu8ZIk9

    Smokin’! Look out, Stevie Ray.

  4. 4

    Interesting how the press spins only 155,000 jobs created as not being as great as it was before the election. Clearly there’s no liberal bias in the media. /sarc

  5. 5
    David S says:

    RE: Howard @ 2 – Yes indeed. I have seen these maps splattered on all of the Redfin boards.

    My biggest question though, about these data maps, is what do you do with the information they provide? What’s the data good for? How could it be useful?

  6. 6
    ChrisM says:

    Yves has a fascinating reader comment here:


    about the nuts & bolts of the bank foreclosure review.

  7. 7

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 4

    Yes Kary

    Patriot Post states its barely enough jobs to keep up with the foreign/corporate bent insourcing population increases into America that month, during our depopulation 1.7 birthrate. Unemployment worsened too.

  8. 8
    Howard says:

    Is it only me or was the blog offline last night (and has been a few times over the last couple of weeks)?

  9. 9
    Blurtman says:

    RE: Howard @ 8 – Same here. Had to double up on the Zoloft with tequilla chasers.

  10. 10
    The Tim says:

    RE: Howard @ 8 – Yeah it went down last night for a couple hours. For some reason the auto-checks didn’t catch it and I had to manually restart the server. The last time I know of that it went down for an extended period was early December.

  11. 11

    OMG Fannnie/Freddie must have received the memo from Kary on making the short sale approval process more efficient. It took 5 years but they finally are starting down that path.http://www.housingwire.com/fastnews/2013/01/04/accenture-exec-foreclosure-update-shows-short-sale-stigma-gone

  12. 12
    Blurtman says:

    Go Hawks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 13
    Pegasus says:

    RE: Jillayne Schlicke @ 11 – The reason that they are heading down that path is because it is more beneficial in most cases for the banks to do short sales versus foreclosures especially since their rampant fabrication of foreclosure paper fraud has at least been slowed. Who is the winner here? Those damaged by fraudulent real estate practices or the banks that promoted them? The numbers show contrary to fools repeating nonsense that most short sellers are damaged more with a short sale than a foreclosure. Not a big reach to figure out which avenue the banks will promote.

  14. 14

    RE: apartment boy @ 1

    Last I Heard

    Scotsman was considering building a house in the country.

    Maybe he’s too busy to blog anymore?

    Perhaps the others left the area?

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