OT - Gas to hit 4.00
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Thu Jun 19 21:34:51 MDT 2008
Thus said Dave Smith on Mon, 16 Jun 2008 22:03:35 MDT:
> Yes, I suppose some home buyers have *consciously* opted to sacrifice
> acreage in favor of a larger house. I just don't happen to know any.
Two people with whom I have worked in the past purchased homes with no
yard, mostly because they didn't want to bother with upkeep. Owning land
just for the sake of it doesn't necessarily go very far, and indeed, the
property might actually lose value unless it is kept up.
> Whatever the case, you can't deny or discount the fact that it's in
> the developers' best money-making interest to pack as many houses on
> as little land as possible.
Yes, and you can't deny or discount the fact that consumers come in all
flavors. Some like small homes, some large; some like small plots of
land with large homes, some like it the other way.
I'm not saying that there aren't bad developers out there, or bad
businessmen, just that its hard to generalize this kind of thing. There
are millions of people in America and its hard to believe that they all
want a lot of land with a big home.
> Couple the developer's desire for more profit with a taste-lacking
> populace of consumers who only sees square footage and garage
> capacity, and, well, welcome to the United States.
My dream home would be an Italian style villa in campagna (country
house) on 5--10 acres. :-) But then, who can afford to build with brick,
stone or cement anymore?
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