Skip to content


  1. FormerSanDiegan
    April 9, 2008 @ 5:37 PM

    Smiar, smiar, pants on fire.

    Smiar, smiar, pants on fire.

    • Ex-SD
      April 10, 2008 @ 6:58 AM


      Well said and spot on the money.

      The greater fools will listen to this idiot and rush out to buy before it’s too late. Then, in about two years, they’ll be pissing and moaning to the news media about how they were taken for a ride. It’s a never ending cycle.

      • jpinpb
        April 10, 2008 @ 8:34 AM

        I agree. Thank you all for
        I agree. Thank you all for the rebuttal to Smiar’s BS Red Alert scare tactic.

        Rich – Another great article. Thanks.

      • Ace23NY
        April 10, 2008 @ 9:28 AM

        How is this guy still in
        How is this guy still in charge of anything? I agree, back to the used car sales job, my friend.

      • ibjames
        April 10, 2008 @ 9:44 AM

        I love the graph though, it
        I love the graph though, it makes me laugh every time I look at it.. I don’t know why, it really cracks me up ha ha

      • PadreBrian
        April 10, 2008 @ 9:55 AM

        Funny stuff! “You’ll be
        Funny stuff! “You’ll be sorry if you don’t buy now”…LOL!

  2. temeculaguy
    April 9, 2008 @ 5:48 PM

    Eventually he will be right,
    Eventually he will be right, unfortunately for him, it will not be anytime soon. The other realtor quoted in the article actually makes a valid point and is consistent with what I’ve seen as a buyer. There is activity and it may seem like a great deal of activity but it’s only at a very few, agressively priced homes. Houses that are nice and are listed for 15-20% below the lowest price comparable house in the neighborhood are selling within days and getting multiple offers. I wonder if any agents other than Jim realize that. I saw two examples in recent weeks where every other house is priced in the 400’s and a decent one comes up at 280k, that is not a short sale, it was sold within a day and before I could even look at it. It’s not a new lesson but it is hard one for people to learn, slash the price today and sell or you will be sorry in six months when you lower your price to that same number and nobody will look at it because the market has shifted. Get ahead of the curve and make the fence sitter feel he has an insurance policy against the next 10-20% decline, those are the only ones tempting the sitters, not threats. There has been a radical shift n the demographic of the buyers, the only ones with money and the ability to get a loan are too smart for threats and the dummies don’t qualify for loans, Chuck’s going to have to bring data for today’s buyer.

  3. cr
    April 9, 2008 @ 7:02 PM

    For those of you who wonder
    For those of you who wonder when we will see the bottom, it will be when Smiar tells you it’s not a good time to buy a house.

  4. BuyerWillEPB
    April 9, 2008 @ 8:21 PM

    Hey Chuck –
    I’m not waiting

    Hey Chuck –

    I’m not waiting for “the bottom” of the market, I’m waiting until the house market is AFFORDABLE.

    Speaka da Engrish?

    Our household income is $120K / year, so I’m waiting until the median house price in San Diego is back to $360,000.

    Correction! Since we make well above the average household income – I’m waiting until I can buy a well above average house for $360,000.

    Heck, I bet that will take such a long time that you’ll be back at your used car sales job with your Dooggg Spot by then!

    • NotCranky
      April 9, 2008 @ 10:40 PM

      deleted by Rustico

      deleted by Rustico

      • CA renter
        April 9, 2008 @ 11:38 PM

        Well said, Temeculaguy.

        Well said, Temeculaguy.

      • eyePod
        April 10, 2008 @ 4:01 AM

        Has anybody else noticed the
        Has anybody else noticed the implied message — right after we hit bottom the market will zoom upward like when you got left out before so you better buy. If history is any lesson, the inflection point will be somewhere out around 10 years from now.

  5. Anonymous
    April 10, 2008 @ 10:53 AM

    If you don’t buy soon, Chuck
    If you don’t buy soon, Chuck will be out of job. “You will be sorry” for him if you want to.

  6. San Diego RE Bear
    April 10, 2008 @ 5:43 PM

    Thanks for this spot of
    Thanks for this spot of levity in a busy tax season Rich! I’m going to print it out and laminate it and shove in the faces of the perma-bulls I keep running into. Last week had to be around a not terribly bright realtor who said 1.) This is our best year ever 2.) Our office is making more money than we did in 2005 3.) More houses are selling now than in 2005 and 4.) Prices in San Diego have not dropped at all except on condos which are causing all the losses.

    I can’t decide is this guy is completely corrupt, completely a moron or was so completely bad in 2005 that he sold no houses and got lucky and sold one this year. Suspect all three. I’ve learned to just smile and nod and see if the bulls will make a $100 bet that prices will be down (up for them) in a year. Too bad I know I’ll never collect – these guys don’t have the morals to pay a debt.

    • greekfire
      April 11, 2008 @ 12:00 AM

      Chuck Smiar’s Fence Sitter
      Chuck Smiar’s Fence Sitter Threat-O-Graph has now become my favorite Piggington graph of all time. Keep up the good work Rich!

Leave a Reply