Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Hiatus Ends

Hi ll. I didn't realize being gone a few weeks would make much stir. Three things. A couple vacations, I can provide picture proof. A couple holidays. Kids moving up in the world. And finally, a pretty severe computer disruption. That left me with mobile devices and an old laptop and about a zillion passwords that weren't working. All conspired to cause me to prioritize and neglect the blog. This for now and a real post in a bit. This is why college is so expensive.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Aliexpress is a Bargain

Here are my 11-11 orders check out the prices.  These are just everyday items.  The difference is waiting or anticipating instead of having to buy locally saves 80-90%.  10 inch iPhone cords for 81¢.  10 ft iPhone cord for $3.52.  Plastic micrometer less than a buck.  LED bulbs for my Maglite flashlights $2.87.  The savings in batteries alone justifies what looks like a high price.  Dremel accessories, x-acto knives, all for pennies.  Most will be stocking stuffers for the kids. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sign of a Market Top

Wow, it's been a while since we talked about peak pricing. Long time readers know I am slow to supper but I rarely miss the meal. Here is someone making a last call.

Built in 1922 the best you can say is well maintained and quaint.   I can hit this cutie with a snowball from one of my rentals. 

So.  What's the problem?  The problem is trying to squeeze the last nickel and being left holding the bag. See the price history below.  $352 per square foot and a lot of those square feet are 6 1/2 foot ceilings.  On a small lot.  On the "low side" of the street.  If $140k was a fair price in 2012 what in the world is $360k in 2018? 

7/26/2018Price change$359,900-1.4%$352Country Life Realty
5/23/2018Listed for sale$364,900+160.6%$357Country Life Realty
1/4/2012Sold$140,000+15.7%$137Public Record
1/17/2002Sold$121,000--$119Public Record