Daily Archives: April 30, 2010

Bummer

Tiger Woods fails to make cut at Quail Hollow. His sex life aside, I just enjoyed watching such a superb athlete and I’m sorry to see his self-destruction. I’d been looking forward to watching him for another twenty years but, maybe not.

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Ollie’s Barbecue!

Thanks to “Happily retired litigator” I was able to retrieve this Commerce Clause case. No question that the result was right – our country was no longer willing to abide racist treatment of our citizens, but using the Commerce Clause to achieve that result was, in my opinion, a bad move. But hey – I’m not a member of the Supremes.

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Complete freaking a**hole joins Florida Senate race

Salon nails him, but click on the Forbes profile if you need more. We’re going to have an entertaining circus down there for the next few months. This idiot’s a Demmerkrat, but I think his troubles are greater than that.

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Oh, for Christ’s sake

First, SWAT teams, now it’s Department of Justice suits. We’ve got a horrible accident down in the Gulf, but para-military units and lawyers are useless – engineers could help.

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Gibson’s house moves from “pending” to “contract”

Other than that, all our activity today is under a million. I understand sellers’ reluctance to acknowledge the current market but really – if you don’t have to sell, pull your house and hope for better times a few years from now.

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So this place finally sold

718 North Street, bought for $3.583 in 2001 and on the market for a long time since then, finally sold for $3.2 million yesterday. Assessment was just $2.458, so I guess someone had that right.

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WordPress is dodgy today

I’m having trouble logging on either to post new material or post comments. so please bear with me.

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Peter the appraiser weighs in

Don’t want this lost in the comments section (which you should really read – all the intelligent people are there, as opposed to this idiot) so:

IS mentions assessment ratios by zone. Here are some by price range, based on 419 sales in 2009.
Under $500,000, 0.96; $500,000 to $750,000, 1.18; $750,000 to 1M, 1.21; 1M to 2M, 1.27; 2M to 3M, 1.30; 3M to 4M, 1.43; 4M to 5M, 1.36; 5M to 10M, 1.44; over 10M, 1.86. Assessment ratios going back to 1970 show similar assessment disparities by price.

Update: Whoa! Pete, I hope you understand that “this idiot” refers to me – just struck me that it might be misunderstood. Thanks very much for your data. Seems like our next assessment can use some tweaking.

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Ghost housing in Ireland (h/t, LG Fountain)

Twenty percent of all houses empty. Greece is just the first of many as Europe collapses.

The obvious question of who people imagined would live in all these new-builds makes Irish people wince now.

But hindsight is a wonderful thing. Only a few years ago, developers feeding money into local government coffers were getting free rein to build row upon row of five-bedroom detached houses on the green outskirts of towns nobody had even thought of commuting from before.

Mr McWilliams says the whole of Ireland is having to come to terms with what he compares to a collective addiction.

“Everyone took the property drug at the same time”, he says, “everyone was up at the same time, everyone was buzzing.

“Now we are all in the middle of this huge comedown. And people are looking around and saying – ‘what happened? Was that us?’ And then we look at our bank statements and we realise – ‘yes, it was'”.

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WSJ on Metropolitan area house price declines. Greenwich is in there.

(Thanks, Stanwich, for the heads up) . Here’s the article.

Home-sale activity has been picking up in communities across the New York metropolitan area. However, some economists believe that prices, which declined during the fourth quarter in most areas, will continue to move lower.

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If the entire country emulated him it might solve the problem by making them all go away

Greek mayor goes on hunger strike to protest austerity measures.

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This will help

Obama announces he’s dispatched SWAT teams to inspect oil rigs. When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.

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I think this is unfair

Obama flashback – “oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills.” The fact is, the man was exactly right – 40 years since the last accident. I heard an interview yesterday with the Scientific American’s Energy and Environmental editor in which he discussed the issue – the well had four “blow-out preventer valves”, any one of which should have prevented this disaster. Obviously, something went dreadfully wrong, but it sure wasn’t Obama’s fault. Almost everything bad that happens in the world is his fault, of course, but not this. : )

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