Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Would you pay $150,000 for this?

First off don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with this house, but just trying to demonstrate the insanity of the home prices here! This house really isn't bad at all-I've seen worse selling for more around here.

I've been thinking quite a bit about why this happens, and the only thing I can think of is greed. Simply put, people keep purchasing property only to turn right around and sell it for more to make a profit. But what about those of us not wanting to get rich, but needing a place to live?

It's really sad that the people that can afford to live here, uh don't actually live here. See, we have tons of "snowbirds" who have vacation homes down here - but those of us who live and work here, we can't afford homes here! The median home price is around $335,000-well out of range for us "normal peeps" with "normal jobs" like nurses, teachers, firefighters, social workers, librarians-there was even an article about a woman making over $100,000 a year-and still renting because she can't afford to buy property.

So what to do? I need my activist friends here. I was thinking this: what if we (we being the working people of this area) could assemble a massive boycott? Okay, let me dream here-but imagine if all the restaurants, shops, stores, libraries, banks, everywhere "normal people work" closed. All these rich peeps who come down here for a vacation would have nowhere to eat, nowhere to shop-giving the message: if you want us here, affordable housing is needed!

Honestly, I fear for this town. I fear that we will see crime increase-when people spend 50% and more of their income on housing-which they are-desparation will kick in for other necessities like food, clothing. And while some people are working their asses off 40+ hours a week, only to see tons of wealthy vacationers retreat to their vacation homes where they relax for months at a time-well, that might just piss some people off.

So the boycott idea, I don't think will ever happen because it would take everyone's participation to work (what would probably happen is some businesses would stay open and therefore just increase their profits-GREED rules this country I tell you!) So what to do? Is there no hope?


Blogger friday said...

darn...that is exactly why the worker's revolt (i.e. communism) never worked properly either...damn those overachievers and stuff...and um, well, you just made me think of frisco the cops that are frisco cops and the firefighters that are frisco firefighters...well, they cannot afford to reside IN frisco themselves...i think it was the same for a number of teachers as well...and obviously those folks who work at all those restaurants out, same goes for folks in all those fancy south american resort towns as, yeah ice, know that you are in mighty good company...

*yes, that was sarcasm*

i said good day! viva the retirement community!

3:06 PM  
Blogger sylence said...

makes me wonder what is considered "working class" and the "working poor" where you live...and in frisco...and everywhere else for that matter. ah, karl marx, where art thou?

12:33 PM  
Blogger acakai said...

Working class and working poor-is there a difference? no not here at least. There's people like Donald Trump (no, really, he's got a place here...) and then there's the rest of us-there's not really a "middle class" here. Either you have a couple million dollar homes or you don't.
Oy, and home prices are up-the median home price is now at $390,000.
But you know what, it could always be worse!

6:03 PM  
Blogger sylence said...

whoa. you know ice is mad when she starts getting yiddish on your arse. "oy," indeed, ice. ;)

6:07 AM  

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