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SFGate: The intentional renters: An Alameda couple reflects on the hidden costs of home ownership
"In stress and worry, in the recurring midnight terrors, in the job decisions I made to feed the beast, in the days of hopelessness and snapping at my family, in the shows not seen and trips not taken, in the humiliation of calling friends and family, begging to borrow money -- no. It most definitely wasn't worth it," he wrote. "Buying a house was perhaps the most damaging, stupidest thing I've ever done in my life. It was a lousy investment in every sense; that dream of 'owning a house!' turned into a decade-long nightmare."
realestate  business  finance  bayarea  alameda 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Prototype - Location, Location - It Still Pays to Be Near -
“People here don’t talk sports at parties; they talk technology: what they are doing, what they are thinking about,” he said. “With all the new technologies and platforms being built in Silicon Valley, it’s like land opening up earlier in American history. If you’re here, you can learn first where the good land is.”
housing  geography  realestate  research  technology  location  relationships 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New York Times Economix Blog: New York, New York, America's Resilient City
[...] According to National Association of Realtors data, New York is the only city in the continental United States, outside of San Francisco Bay, where median sales prices remain north of $500,000. [...]

[...] This is not the first time that New York has weathered a downturn well. Between 1950 and 2000, all but 2 of the 10 largest American cities lost 20 percent or more of their populations. America’s older, colder cities were buffeted badly by an exodus of manufacturing jobs, suburbanization and the move to the Sun Belt. Some cities — Cleveland, Detroit and St. Louis — shrank to one-half or less of their former size. New York and Los Angeles were the two cities that grew. While Los Angeles had everything going for it — cars, sunshine, movie stars — New York, then as now, seemed to have everything going against it. [...]
newyork  nyc  nytimes  losangeles  realestate  housing  economics 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SPIEGEL ONLINE - Druckversion - The End of Arrogance: America Loses Its Dominant Economic Role - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"The new US president will only have been in office for a short time when a document titled 'Global Trends 2025' appears on his desk. The report is being prepared by analysts at the National Intelligence Council. Its chairman, Thomas Fingar, has already released a preview, and reading it will not exactly be enjoyable for proud American. 'Although the United States will remain the most important power, American dominance will be sharply reduced,' says Fingar. According to the preview of the report, the erosion of American supremacy will "accelerate in the areas of politics and economics, and possibly culture."
usa  toread  war  economics  power  politics  futurism  finance  realestate  stocks  europe  germany 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Subprime vets saw their industry, finances vanish in a flash - Mar. 31, 2008
"You kept looking everyday to see if your company was on there or not. It seemed like every day there was a company going under. You know you could take a roller coaster ride down. But you never envisioned it could be a free fall."
crime  housing  realestate  california  business  corporations  economics  money 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How John Waters Maintains His Warped Obsessions -- New York Magazine
"I can go wherever I want. So much better if you go to their house and they can come to yours. If you have a fight, you can get away, there’s no pouting room."
interviews  movies  sex  baltimore  art  housing  realestate 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Facing Default, Some Walk Out on New Homes
“Will everyone walk out? No. But there’s been a cultural shift. Buying a house used to be like entering a marriage, a commitment for life. Now, if you see something better, you go back into the dating market.”
realestate  economics  housing 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Atlantic Monthly: The Next Slum?
"[I]f New York City were its own state, it would be the most energy-efficient state in the union; most Manhattanites not only walk or take public transit to get around, they unintentionally share heat with their upstairs neighbors."
cities  urban  urbanism  housing  suburbia  realestate  nyc 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Los Angeles Editor Ousted After Resisting Job Cuts - New York Times
"Newspapers generally have been cutting staff in recent years, especially those in California, which have been hit hard by the downturn in real estate and, in turn, real estate advertising."
newspapers  media  journalism  news  losangeles  california  corporations  business  jobs  work  realestate 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A New Gourmet Ghetto -
"Temescal is the hottest-growing area in the city. Right now it's a place that young urbanists can move into. Eventually it'll get too expensive."
california  realestate  food  photography  oakland  bayarea  cities  urban 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
San Jose Mercury News - Forget Florida: More baby boomers heading to Rocky Mountain West
"If you're 25, you say, 'I'd like to live here, but maybe someday in the future.' But if you're 45 or 55, the future is now."
aging  usa  realestate  demography 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
San Jose Mercury News - New-home sales climb in the West, plunge in rest of the nation
"By region, sales of new homes dropped 19 percent in the Northeast; a whopping 28 percent in the Midwest and just 6 percent in the South. In the West, however, sales increased 4 percent."
realestate  economics  demography  usa  marketing 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Fresh-Roasted Smell of Success -
"Starbucks prefers to be near dry cleaners and video stores, because they require two visits -- for dropping off and picking up."
coffee  realestate  cities  beverages  marketing  books 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Why Are They Greener Than We Are?
"My prediction is that if we have a change in America, it won't be driven by politicians or architects but by the developers [...] So I think the one group we associate most with greed and inefficiency, it will lead the way in the future."
architecture  environment  sustainable  europe  usa  design  land  government  green  realestate 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Web Site Is Held Liable for Some User Postings - New York Times
“The law has been almost uniform that a Web site isn’t liable for what its users say. The problem here is that the Web site offered up choices for users to structure their remarks. That creates a hole plaintiffs can exploit.”
design  information  identity  online  www  yasns  social  housing  realestate  law 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge Rapper 50 Cent's Mansion Up For Sale
"I was surprised it hadn't come on the market because we were expecting it. He's put a lot into it, and it's all very tasteful, except the stripper poles."
hiphop  realestate  connecticut  music 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Facing South: Racism plagues N.O. area rental housing market
"In other words, in nearly six out of every 10 transactions, African-American testers with the same jobs, credit, career paths, income, family types and rental histories as white testers were treated less favorably by landlords."
housing  neworleans  hurricane  katrina  realestate  louisiana  demography  discrimination  capitalism 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Arizona is the new Nevada - Los Angeles Times
"Housing isn't cheap in Vegas anymore, nor is it in Phoenix, compared to what it was. But it's still cheap compared to California. We're averaging 9,000 Californians a month changing their [driver's] licenses to Arizona. To me, that's a phenomenal number.
arizona  california  nevada  housing  usa  realestate  demography 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WHERE NEO-NOMADS' IDEAS PERCOLATE / New 'bedouins' transform a laptop, cell phone and coffeehouse into their office
"This is just confirmation that Starbucks and its cousins are all really in the commercial real estate business. They're giving very cheap real estate for a very pricey cup of coffee."
coffee  caffeine  realestate  sanfrancisco  weblogs  missiondistrict  technology 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
S.F.'s Castro district faces an identity crisis / As straights move in, some fear loss of the area's character
"The population of same-sex couples in Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose, meanwhile, appeared to increase during the period -- San Jose by 34 percent, Oakland by 14 percent and Berkeley by 8 percent."
population  gay  sanfrancisco  berkeley  sanjose  oakland  realestate  demographics  identity 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WSJ: Bubble-Metrics: Economists Handicap Housing Markets
"Mr. DeKaser found that as of this year's first quarter, 53 metropolitan areas -- accounting for 31% of the total U.S. housing market -- were 'extremely overvalued and confront a high risk of future price correction.'"
realestate  housing  cities  sustainable  economics  california  massachusetts 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
BoGlobe: The housing struggle
"Owning a home in a major city should be an opportunity to put down roots and build family wealth, not a contest that only the wealthiest competitors win."
housing  realestate  cities  massachusetts  sustainable 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
AP (via Wired News): Free Land in the Heartland Draws Newcomers
"I found a place exactly like my hometown and it's in America. To us, this is our promised land. We don't need anything else."
land  realestate  kansas  nebraska  housing 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Sharing in the dream
"Latinos made up about 23% of Californians who bought homes in the last two years, whereas non-Latino whites accounted for 59% for home buyers, according to the Public Policy Institute of California."
latinos  realestate  california 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Migrants by choice, residents by desire
"Millions of people filling North America's deserts these days were born, raised and weathered elsewhere. They're people who came here to get warm or dry or financially whole."
california  desert  realestate  usa 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: National Perspectives: After Election Day, a Vote to Leave
"College educated and skilled, Ms. Branch and Mr. Powell are also good candidates. They are considering Toronto, in part because 'as black people we want to occasionally see other people who look like us,' Ms. Branch said."
canada  realestate  usa 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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