Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bumper sticker of the day


  1. Ahh James your back. Good I was beginning to wonder.

    Anyhoo, im curious about that chart of PWC that The Anon posted the other day. You said you pay close attention to the housing data and that there is no sign of a bottom in 2009.

    Since you do follow the market so closely, I am hoping to get your opinion on PWC.

    That second chart looks like bottom to me.


  2. I hope (In a Rush Limbaugh-esque way) that you lose your job.

  3. "The downturn has accomplished what a generation of designers and planners could not: it has turned back the tide of suburban sprawl. "

    I'm the anon who was here with regular comments about the end of our sprawl-based economy. I see that another anon posted a link that supports my position. Thanks, other anon.;_ylt=AsvtVnKseoYsS1uWxxh_mWtO7sMF

  4. How to deal with vacant homes in your neighborhood
    March 14, 2009 - 8:02pm
    WASHINGTON-- You pay your mortgage on time but your neighbor didn't.
    Now there is a vacant foreclosed home on your block.

    WTOP looks at Prince William County Neighborhood Services and what it is doing to help homeowners confront this growing problem in their neighborhoods.

    Since 2007, Prince William County has had almost 11 to 12,000 foreclosures. About 4,000 of those homes have been cited for a lack of upkeep

    Michelle Casciato, Chief of Prince William County Neighborhood Services Division, is helping to lead the fight against decaying properties in communities.

    She says her department has done everything from handing out warnings to actually going out and cleaning up properties and then sending owners the bill.

    If you find yourself in a neighborhood with many foreclosures you should try to reach out to anybody linked to the property including the new owners-whether it is a bank, an investor or even a real estate agent.

    "If there is a realtor's sign out front go ahead and give them a call and tell them that there is an issue with that property," she says. "If there isn't a realtor's sign go ahead let the local authorities know."

    If that doesn't work then Casciato says her agency can step in with legal and even financial action, while also fixing the problem.

    "The county will step in to have staff or contractors abate the violation on the property and go ahead and bill you back," Casciato said.

    You should not try to fix the property yourself. In Virginia, you are not protected if you get hurt fixing someone else's vacant home.

    You can go here to check out a list of agencies that can help you if there are vacant homes in your neighborhood.

    (Copyright 2009 by WTOP. All rights reserved.)

  5. Anonymous said...
    "I hope (In a Rush Limbaugh-esque way) that you lose your job."

    I'm not sure what a Rush Limbaugh-esque way is, but thanks.