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I am addicted to Redfin.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tokyo Slim, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. Steve B.

    Steve B. Senior member

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    I love this question. Everyone with more money than none thinks that they are barely scraping by. That its not possible to live with less than they have. Some sort of shared capitalist psychosis. [​IMG]

    You can live on anything. Or nothing. Money does not determine survival. Only luxury. I lead a pretty simple life. I go to work. I come home. Some days I go to the gym. Some days I watch a movie or two. Occasionally I'll go out to eat somewhere nice. I smoke. I drive around in a fairly new model car (which after this year I will own), I don't really buy anything. I have a couple pairs of jeans, a couple dozen t-shirts, a few sweatshirts, a couple decent jackets, a few pairs of sneakers... thats pretty much it. I have no savings, I buy clothes once a year.

    You get sick and tired of not having "enough"... sure. I don't think that changes no matter how much money you have though. There's always something you convince yourself you "need". Whether its something as superficial as new clothes, or a luxury disguised as a "right" like having a family or a home. Nobody needs to have children, or live in the suburbs, or have a nice apartment, or drive an SUV, or eat at restaurants, or buy new clothes every couple of months, or any of it.


    This response gives me pause...

    A very good pause. Thank you for posting it.
     
  2. Benzito

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    $2,000 a month may not be "big time," but there is probably a point in many people's lives that they were there (first job, right after college, just moved, etc.). Yeah, we all survived. The best (and most accurate) advice I ever got was from my first boss - "no matter how much you make, you usually find a way to spend it all and think you need more." I make more than both my parents combined in their best years and I struggle through it with cars I don't really need, extra clothes, and so forth. I bitch about money more than anyone I know. $2,000 in Seattle is tight, but I lived in London on less than a $1,000 a month for a good part of the year. You learn to walk, don't have a cell phone, drink one beer instead of two, wear your clothes a few more times before you wash, and go to matinee movies.
     
  3. Tokyo Slim

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    $2,000 a month may not be "big time," but there is probably a point in many people's lives that they were there (first job, right after college, just moved, etc.). Yeah, we all survived.

    The best (and most accurate) advice I ever got was from my first boss - "no matter how much you make, you usually find a way to spend it all and think you need more." I make more than both my parents combined in their best years and I struggle through it with cars I don't really need, extra clothes, and so forth. I bitch about money more than anyone I know.

    $2,000 in Seattle is tight, but I lived in London on less than a $1,000 a month for a good part of the year. You learn to walk, don't have a cell phone, drink one beer instead of two, wear your clothes a few more times before you wash, and go to matinee movies.


    Been doing it for a long time. No end in sight. Thanks for the support though.
     
  4. celery

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    Are you sure you're not forgetting to add two or three zeros there?

    I'm mean according to the CEsspool, you should be tipping your doorman 25k a month.

    Just kidding though, my gf and I live the same way (i.e. far below our means). Simple life is a happier life.
     
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    damn seattle is cheap.
     
  7. dtmt

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    Isn't a bit of a contradiction to talk about how satisfied you are with not much money/material possessions while at the same time obsessing over homes that cost 5x what you could afford?

    Anyway, the second one looks really nice in the pictures.... until you realize that you would have the noise and pollution of I-5 in your face all day and night.
     
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    Isn't a bit of a contradiction to talk about how satisfied you are with not much money/material possessions while at the same time obsessing over homes that cost 5x what you could afford?

    Forget your meds this morning?
     
  10. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    Isn't a bit of a contradiction to talk about how satisfied you are with not much money/material possessions while at the same time obsessing over homes that cost 5x what you could afford?

    Yeah. Its a good thing I never said I was satisfied with no money and few possessions. That would be stupid.
     
  11. MetroStyles

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    Forget your meds this morning?

    I drank a hearty breakfast, same as every morning. Why?
     
  13. Tokyo Slim

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    I drank a hearty breakfast, same as every morning. Why?

    Cause it seems like you came around just to shit on my porch. [​IMG]

    You have to make up better reasons to pick a fight though. Kinda lame to misrepresent someone in a thread with only four pages of evidence to to examine. Its like cheating on a test about cliffs notes. Just lazy.


    Ill let it slide this time. Better effort next go around or I'll be less tolerant.
     
  14. Tokyo Slim

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    damn seattle is cheap.
    $370 a square foot is currently, according to Trulia, the average for the Seattle Market. That puts us as one of the most expensive markets in the U.S. New York City - $1128 Boston - $653 San Fran - $620 Seattle - $370 Washington D.C. - $348 San Diego - $267 L.A. $266 Portland - $191 Philadelphia - $152 Chicago - $143 Atlanta - $124 Miami - $113 I try to look for "deals". I usually don't even look at properties north of $250k. Thats why a lot of these are less expensive places.
    WTF? From the OP: http://www.redfin.com/WA/Seattle/100...t-D/home/61637 This 2BR for less than 400K? Lol, I need to move to Seattle ASAP.
    Not really sure why it was that inexpensive. That building has several pretty reasonably priced units. Of course, it was built in the 1960's.
     
  15. RedScarf7

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    Units are ~$450-550 on average a square foot here. I have a friend who just paid 550k for a 900 square foot unit to get on to the 23rd floor of a nice building. Yikes. Why are Canadian prices so much more expensive than their American counterparts?
     
  16. Tokyo Slim

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    Units are ~$450-550 on average a square foot here. I have a friend who just paid 550k for a 900 square foot unit to get on to the 23rd floor of a nice building. Yikes. Why are Canadian prices so much more expensive than their American counterparts?
    They aren't. At least not in Seattle. Thats actually pretty low when you factor in the exchange rate. Of course, you could always move to Cleveland or Detroit. Much cheaper there.
     
  17. RedScarf7

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    They aren't. At least not in Seattle. Thats actually pretty low when you factor in the exchange rate. Of course, you could always move to Cleveland or Detroit. Much cheaper there.
    With the current exchange rate 550k CND is a little more than 530k USD, so I don't think the exchange rate is that big of a factor. The $370 average you cited is ~$384 CDN which is a fairly small difference. You listed many U.S. cities that are substantially more affordable than Canadian cities, and I was wondering if anyone knows why this discrepancy exists.
     
  18. Tokyo Slim

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    With the current exchange rate 550k CND is a little more than 530k USD, so I don't think the exchange rate is that big of a factor. The $370 average you cited is ~$384 CDN which is a fairly small difference.

    You listed many U.S. cities that are substantially more affordable than Canadian cities, and I was wondering if anyone knows why this discrepancy exists.


    What you listed is not the average price per square foot of all the homes sold in your city. You listed a the price if a 23rd floor 900 SF condo in a"nice" building. Big difference.
     
  19. RedScarf7

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    What you listed is not the average price per square foot of all the homes sold in your city. You listed a the price if a 23rd floor 900 SF condo in a"nice" building. Big difference.
    While this is true I did cite that the average condo is ~$450-550/sq ft. Didn't mean to derail your threak. On with the condo pr0n.
     

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