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Apples and Oranges

Published on May 1, 2013 By bmagnus

In the wake of Newtown and the failure of Congress to “Do Something Do Anything” about gun laws, various people have suggested bulletproof backpacks or even uniforms for school children, saying  “It’s no different to having a seatbelt in a car.” No. No, it’s very different from a seatbelt in a car. First off, car crashes […]

We don’t want any trouble

Published on April 25, 2013 By bmagnus

Nobody wants to live in a bad neighborhood, right? And certainly nobody wants to live in the kind of place where the police are continually coming around. But consider this situation. Imagine you get beaten up. As bad luck would have it, it happens a couple more times. The third time, the cops call your landlord […]

John Dies at the Shorties

Published on April 11, 2013 By bmagnus

Baby Dinosaurs: More accurately, embryos in various states of development. Follow-up on FPS Russia: Yeah, not a lot of meat on this story. Since when does the ATF get involved in “murder” investigations? Random items on Real Estate, biased towards Vegas: Foreclosures are returning to where they were before the bust, with Nevada leading. However, prices […]

Do you think these two things might be related?

Published on February 26, 2013 By bmagnus

Fact one: Home prices are up nationwide. By how much depends on which index you like to use. Fact two: The number of available existing homes listed is down. Not down a little bit, but down about 17% in 146 metro areas (I think that qualifies as “nationwide”) and down over 25% in a couple dozen […]

5150 Shorties Way

Published on January 11, 2013 By bmagnus

Let’s clean up some tabs here…. It’s supposed to be cold in Vegas tonight. First person to say that disproves global warning gets smacked upside the head. It’s called “math”:  Someone notices that rent can be more than a mortgage these days. Funny thing, your landlord is entitled to a profit over paying his own mortgage! […]

My Boss Had Some Things to Say about Fear

Published on March 27, 2012 By bmagnus

He gives us a video update every week at our office meeting. I thought this one was more general interest, not really about real estate this week. One thing though: why was he smiling about the idea of a knife to one’s throat? In closing: movie; Zoinks, a ghost ship!; REAL done; don’t let them […]

Stephen King’s Bag of Shorties

Published on March 15, 2012 By bmagnus

Red Meat: Well sure, if you’re willing to call a double cheeseburger “unprocessed red meat,” maybe red meat is bad for you. I also liked the fact that the same questionnaires that “prove” the connection also say that 1/5 of women make do on 1200 calories daily — that would be a bare minimum for […]

Something Completely Different

Published on July 28, 2011 By bmagnus

A few years back, I was showing a property to a nice lady. As I usually do, I pointed out things nearby: “It’s within walking distance of that playground.” She laughed for a moment and said it had been a long time since she’d taken her boys to the playground, and then I remembered that […]

Now I’m Allowed to Tell You

Published on September 27, 2010 By bmagnus

You are probably aware that some time back, Scott Whitney invited me to start cross-posting my weekly Vegas real estate summary — Friday Figures — to the Living in Las Vegas Blog and Podcast. About a month or so ago he wanted to talk to me about his super-secret new project. Well, the project has […]