October 26, 2006 at 4:21 PM #7782whitesoftheireyesParticipant
Does anyone think it would be worthwhile (or logistically feasible) to rent a few billboards around SD (my preference would be Carmel Valley, Solana, Cardiff areas) saying something to the effect:
DON’T BUY REAL ESTATE:
12 MONTHS OF PATIENCE = BIG $AVINGS
Perhaps lime green background with big black letters…
There seems to be collusion on the other side (sellers) so why not on ours (hopeful buyers)…October 26, 2006 at 4:57 PM #38504kev374Participant
here is the thing, the smart people already know this and stupid people will just ignore the sign and buy anyway becuase they are stupid and easily swayed by real estate con artists who will feed them some BS about why the sign is wrong.October 26, 2006 at 5:13 PM #38506
I did my part – about a month ago I was driving around PB and saw a realtor’s cardboard sign that said, “Now is the time to buy” with a phone number. I scratched out the word “now” and replaced it with “later.”
Every little bit helps!October 26, 2006 at 6:16 PM #38513sdappraiserParticipant
What a biatch. Why would you vandalize someone else’s property? I hope someone keys your car.October 26, 2006 at 6:46 PM #38518
Messing up someone else’s add or billboard is simply wrong. If you want to convey a different message to larger audience, spend some money and put a board up yourself. This is just being mean and irresponsible.October 26, 2006 at 7:01 PM #38519JESParticipant
What’s more annoying and wrong are the illegally placed, cardboard, black marker written boards that you see on every street corner that I believe Chrispy was talking about. I’d gladly knock one down or black marker one out just to clean up my neighborhood from these annoyances.October 26, 2006 at 7:05 PM #38521
Please report any illegaly placed boards to local officials. I don’t think I have the authority to judge about legality of a billboard and mess it up or take it off.October 26, 2006 at 7:12 PM #38522PerryChaseParticipant
Those signs should be banned, promptly removed and thrown away. If you see litter, you pick it put and put it in the trash can.
If you live in and HOA, any real estate sign on HOA property can be picked up and thrown out.October 26, 2006 at 10:28 PM #38541BuyerWillEPBParticipant
Hehee! This is a good post.
Oh! Also, I’m on Crispy’s side. “Buy later” 🙂October 27, 2006 at 5:27 AM #38548
To clarify: the sign was just a piece of cardboard – the type you find in a shirt package – that was hand-lettered in felt-tip marker. It was on a telephone pole, similar to something advertising a garage sale.October 27, 2006 at 12:45 PM #38605
Chrispy, My apologies. By the billboard title I had assumed something like a billboard. I personally wouldn’t mess around with these signs as I think someone had spent time putting this up. But agree that cardboard signs are pretty much up for this. I would chuckle though I saw the “buy later” sign somewhere :).October 27, 2006 at 12:53 PM #38609vcguy_10Participant
“the smart people already know this and stupid people will just ignore the sign”
That’s true to some extent. A smart coworker (a relocated new hire) was about to buy a house, and I tried to talk to him out of it. He didn’t seem too convinced. The next time I talked to him, he had decided to wait until the fall (this was late Spring 06). But shortly after that, he did some more research and became convinced that it would be really dumb to buy before 2008; so he signed a 2-year lease for a nice, big house.
My point is that some people are smart enough to “get it,” but may need some encouragement to get them thinking and researching about this falling market.October 27, 2006 at 3:21 PM #38627waiting hawkParticipant
Good job Chrispy!! They are not supposed to hang those signs up anyways and you were telling everyone the truth so where is the harm.October 27, 2006 at 3:30 PM #38628
Thanks, QC, WH, Will Entertain, and the rest of the acronyms out there…October 28, 2006 at 10:58 AM #38680BuyerWillEPBParticipant
You’re very welcome Crispy. It’s like you said, “every little bit helps.” You did the right thing.
It’s also like “whitesoftheireyes” says in this post. All the industries are colluding together to try and keep this huge ponzi scheme running. Even the government will step in eventually and try to help prevent a crash. They will say they do it to help the FBs and banks from forclosures, but the real reason will be their loss of the huge tax base. Think about it, if (when) housing crashes, then all property taxes will have to be rolled back to the new (real) value of property. The city/state/fed governments are broke in the best of times these last few years. What will they do when they start losing the property taxes, sales taxes, fees, mello roos, … so on. Always follow the money trail my friends that will tell you the truth. It’s the only true path for the powers that be anyway.
So yeah, I’m on your side Crispy and Whitesoftheireyes! All of us little people need to stick together.
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