Not gonna happen in this country. Sadly, the reality is that I can sell
a 3800 sf home five times faster than a 2800 sf home in the same
neighborhood, even in the worst economic crisis in 70 years ... and
prove it again and again every time I build smaller.
It's a cultural thing ... folks who buy new houses in the US are in a
certain age demographic, with less common sense to go along with, what
is loosely defined these days as, educational level.
On Mon, 08 Mar 2010 10:50:42 -0600, the infamous Morris Dovey
My niece moved into one with 4 other post-college kids and she loves
it. I almost threw up when she was showing it to us last summer.
Cheaply made, cheaply appointed, and "only" $2,500/mo for the kids.
I've been a fan of Sarah Susanka ever since I read her wonderful book,
_The Not So Big House, A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live_. She
hates McMansions more than we do, I believe. It's an excellent read.
The hardcover copy in our library that I read years ago disappeared,
but I just found the paperback on eBay for $1.64 + $3.99 s/h from the
SF Goodwill and grabbed it. Everyone should read it, and I guarantee
that many more people would shun McMansions as a result. Of course,
the extremely high utility bills from owing those houses would be a
killer, too. (Right, Algore? Har!)
Speaking of which, I just received an $85 check from my gas company!
They screwed up on my Comfort Level Billing scheme and overcharged me,
so they returned it. (CLB: Instead of paying whoppers in the winter
and nothing at all in the summer, I pay one monthly rate all year.)
Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.
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