Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Are You an Emotionally Manipulated Housing-Debt-Serf?

Ok, ok already. I've had half a dozen people email me with these links saying "you have GOT to put these on your blog". Uncle! At least I am glad to know there are people who value this blog.

First, watch this shamelessly emotionally manipulative realtor video:

Now listen to this person's rant on debt:

Boycott housing.


Blogger Tako John said...

While I agree the first one is manipulative and slimy, the logic of the anti-debt rant is pretty weak. I am not going to directly pay the debts of the reckless, and frankly, as long as the reckless keep their jobs they'll keep paying.

Debt is a subtle prison unless it gets out of hand--that fancy car of 10 years ago keeps you from buying a new one. That lavish trip of 5 years ago may be the only one of your lifetime.

Yes, our foreign debt will cause a reduction in spending that will hamper the economy and reduce the standard of living when calculated as a whole, but if us savers loan our money to moderate debtors then we'll get rich off of them...

Jun 14, 2006, 7:27:00 PM  
Blogger amomaly said...


Thanks for posting the slimy RE ad. Now I know what people are talking about when they say, "...but Suzanne researched it!"

Oh! And I love your blogs!

Jun 14, 2006, 9:21:00 PM  
Blogger moonvalley said...

OMG!!! Grrrrreat viral videos! That guy who's boasting of the big gargage is gonna be living in one soon.

Jun 15, 2006, 12:02:00 AM  
Blogger marine_explorer said...

That first ad plays like a parody; the impulsive homebuyer goaded by fear and realtor "expertise." I can't believe the agency/Century 21 wouldn't see the downside of this ad. Oh well, LOL.

Jun 15, 2006, 8:40:00 AM  
Blogger Marinite said...

The sad thing about that first video (IMO) is that, like all commercials, it shows a typical event so as to effectively deliver its message to as many people as possible. S

Re the second video: the thing is that many people have predicted that taxpayers, savers, and folks who did not go ga-ga due to the housing mania are going to fund bailouts of the financial system which may indirectly fund house buyers who would otherwise default, etc.

Jun 15, 2006, 9:39:00 AM  
Blogger Marinite said...

Check out this video by some guy named Dan who wants to sell his house:

It has all the "must have" cliches that you've gotta have to feel happy and it still cannot sell.

I have no idea where it is but it sure looks a lot like some tacky new development in SoCal.

Jun 15, 2006, 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger marine_explorer said...

it shows a typical event...

...delivered in the most unsophisticated way imaginable--straight to the amygdala. Yet, for many of us, our little red light is now sending out a different message; bad timing strategy for the realtor/agency.

I have no idea where it is...
Nor is the asking price given anywhere; an FSBO sign graces the front yard.


Jun 15, 2006, 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Marinite said...

I forgot about that limbic system post. Maybe it was a little too early, but not by much.

I would say that the amygdalas of sellers are "screaming bloody murder" right about now and for some buyers it is flashing yellow -- caution -- (and for other buyers it is apparently not flashing at all).

Jun 15, 2006, 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger Downturn said...

I have no idea where it is but it sure looks a lot like some tacky new development in SoCal.

San Marcos, CA. Built 2001, looks like first sale was 8/7/03 for 465K. Next sale 3/24/05 630K. 3/2 2585SF. Zillow "Zestimate" = 713K.

Jun 15, 2006, 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger fredtobik said...

I thought it was a joke. The best part was the music, I heard phantom of the opera, and I think a song from one of the godfather movies. Dan is asking 630k.

That first video should be rated NC 17, that was a perfect example of a wife castrating her husband. The guy in the 2nd video should probably stop the roids, although I agree with his points.

Thank god I bought when I did, when the 40% correction comes I will still be rightside up.

Jun 15, 2006, 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger rejunkie said...


How is the vine shopping going?

Jun 15, 2006, 8:02:00 PM  
Blogger fredtobik said...

Thanks for asking junkie, since my backyard has plenty of potato vines, the people at Sloat suggested Impatience Oliveri, and if it wasn't for my illegal gardener it would be 12 inches tall instead of 6.

Now I am trying to get some plants/flowers/bushes/ground cover that attract hummingbirds, I want to try my cannon 30d with one.

Jun 15, 2006, 9:36:00 PM  
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Jun 15, 2006, 11:46:00 PM  
Blogger mountainwatcher said...

I'm disgusted with the RE agent stuff.

They have been pretty crummy to me and mine.

I understand the greed factor, but enough is enough.

P.S. I dig hummingbirds too.
Thanks for the link.

Jun 16, 2006, 2:37:00 AM  
Blogger Marinite said...

Please take the inane gardening talk somewhere else. Here you can find gardening blogs:


Jun 16, 2006, 9:46:00 AM  
Blogger seamus said...

I like an ad that starts with one spouse carping at another, "That's not the point." The ad is indeed speaking to the typical psychographic that the Real Estate industry is dealing with today. "We know you're freaked about taking out a $700,000 mortgage for a house that was valued at $400,000 in 2002. But don't be afraid. Do it! Do it! Do it! Kill!"

By the way, Tako John, do you remember the S&L bailouts? You're still paying for that, through taxes, through interest on the national debt that reduce the value of those taxes, through higher rates on your credit. And when the current debt bomb blows, we'll pay in all kinds of ways.

Jun 16, 2006, 3:29:00 PM  
Blogger marine_explorer said...

Here's a parody of that first ad--perhaps it's new.

Jun 16, 2006, 4:59:00 PM  

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