November 23, 2009
Mighty Bargain Hunter has a new money site, called Cash Commons. It’s pretty interesting: readers ask questions, others answer them, and people earn “reputation points” whose value is unclear but which make for a fun gimmick. One of the questions, … Continue reading
September 14, 2009
Comments Off on Why is the grass never greener…?
Am I the only person who keeps imagining the grass is greener on the other side of the fence and then, once I’m in the pasture, discovering that’s not grass—it’s Astroturf? On the way home from Saturday’s six-hour choir workshop, … Continue reading
December 16, 2008
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Rain in the desert is a wonderful thing, especially these days. This morning we awoke to a steady drizzle that started during the night. The Sonoran Desert has allegedly been suffering drought conditions for almost a decade. In recent years, … Continue reading
November 1, 2008
Some time back, shortly before the real estate bubble started to blow up, I asked a Realtor why a house in the tract a block to the south of mine should be worth $60,000 or $80,000 more than my house, … Continue reading
October 18, 2008
Rumor has it that Dave’s Used Car Lot, Marina, and Weed Arboretum has already been auctioned off. A neighbor called one of the numbers on his FSBO sign and was told the house just sold for $192,500. If that’s true, … Continue reading
October 16, 2008
In an odd way, the foreclosure of Dave’s Used Car Lot, Marina, and Weed Arboretum amounts to a kind of foreclosure for the neighbors, too. There’s the obvious effect that when the lender unloads Dave’s house at a bargain-basement price, … Continue reading