Even More Delightful NAR Propaganda

An instant classic: This video brings up a number of questions: Who is this nebulous evil entity that is “threatening the dream of home ownership”? How does a moving van across the street mean that my grandkid won’t be able to buy a home? Wouldn’t it put many NAR members out of business if everyone […]

True-to-Life Housing Bubble Monopoly Remake

My brother-in-law pointed me toward this segment of The Colbert Report that aired back on August 3rd. I hadn’t seen it yet, and since I got a laugh out of it I thought was worth sharing here: [hana-flv-player video=”https://seattlebubble.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Colbert-New-Monopoly.flv” width=”600″ height=”338″ description=”Colbert Report – New Monopoly” player=”5″ autoload=”true” autoplay=”false” loop=”false” autorewind=”false” /] You can watch […]

The Return of the Pink Pony!

So I’ve spent most of this weekend attending the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) at the Washington State Convention Center downtown. Yesterday there was a sight on Pike street that was just too good not to share with you: The pink pony has returned to Seattle! I swear I had nothing to do with this. Turns […]

Friday Flashback: NAR Propaganda Montage

Here’s a little montage of commercials from the National Association of REALTORs® over the last few years. My favorite is the one with the family literally sitting on a fence. The last one isn’t technically a “flashback” since it’s currently airing, but the message that anyone who doesn’t buy a house must hate America and […]

Knife-Catcher: The Tour, Offer, Tour Meat Grinder

[Note: This is part of an ongoing series on Tim’s personal homebuying experience.] I thought I would continue the Knife-Catcher series by focusing a little more on our specific home selection process. Here are the basic steps we went through when looking for a home: Look at listings online. Narrow list, tour homes. Either: Eliminated […]

Case-Shiller: Seattle’s Spring Bounce Picks Up Steam

Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to April data, Up 1.6% March to April. Down 6.9% YOY. Down 29.7% from the July 2007 peak Last year prices rose 1.0% from March to April and year-over-year prices were down 2.8%. Interesting that here in Seattle this year […]

Dori Monson Tackles Walking Away from Your Mortgage

Hat tip to Ray Pepper for pointing out Dori Monson’s radio segments yesterday and today on walking away from one’s mortgage. Here are the audio segments (the first is about seven minutes long, the second about 10 minutes): https://seattlebubble.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Dori_Monson_Show_Walk-Away_20110615_1pm.mp3 https://seattlebubble.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Dori_Monson_Show_Walk-Away_20110616_12pm.mp3 It’s interesting to note that in the second segment, Dori’s guest was Howard Bono, the […]