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Interesting Articles 2-20-12

These are articles I highlighted in my Viewpoint Newsletter last week, which went out to subscribers on Valentine’s Day.  I hope you find them as interesting as I did.

Want a date?  Buy a home.  From CNN.com, and because it’s Valentine’s Day.  ;-)

Banks Paying as Much as $35,000 Cash to Homeowners in Short Sales; Why and How Many?  from Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis.  I’ve been trying to understand it since 2007, and I’ve been unable to explain why, banks have preferred to go to foreclosure when there was a perfectly good short sale offer on the table.  It seemed like they actually *wanted* to take less money later than more money today – the exact opposite of what everyone in the world would consider a good idea.  Well, 5 years later, the banks are coming around.  Hooray (said dripping with sarcasm.)

Housing: The Two Bottoms, by Calculated Risk.  Showing most housing downturns have 2 bottoms – 1 for new housing starts, and the other for pricing.  Looks like we’re at, or very close to, the 2nd bottom.

More evidence on benefits of barefoot running, from Hunter-Gatherer.  I’m a HUGE believer in barefoot (& minimalist) running; I train exclusively in Vibram Five Fingers (see my photo below).  So when (yet another) study backs me up, I just have to share it with you.

Workspace of the Week: Inspiring cord management, by unclutterer.  Every desk has lots of cords – computer, monitor, speakers, lighting, external usb stuff, chargers, power strip, etc.  A picture is worth 1,000 words, and this picture is pretty smart!

That’s me last spring, during the bike-to-run transition at a triathlon at Lake Pleasant.  And yes, those are my trusty VFF KSOs!

Have a great week out there!

-Chris Butterworth

Interesting Articles 2-7-12

Here are a few recent articles I found interesting enough to share.  I hope you enjoy them.

Housing Policy Changes - a quick look at some of the changes coming in the next few months with regards to federal housing policy, specifically distressed housing.  by Calculated Risk.

**note - I offered the Fed a suggestion of renting out foreclosed properties 3 years ago.  just sayin'.

Cheaper to own a Phoenix home than to rent a Phoenix home - friend and Realtor John Wake found this article, showing what we knew to be true.. to be true. (according to the Wall Street Journal)  I will delve deeper into this topic for my next Viewpoint newsletter – which you can sign up for here.

The Clutterfat Challenge: Transform Your Living Space in a Month - an interesting challenge from Leo Babauta at Zen Habits, but a concept I really like.  I did not participate in this challenge specifically, but I have eliminated a lot of my own clutter over the last year, and I agree with the 'simple is better' philosophy (up to a certain point!)

How We Paid Cash for Our First Home - a post on the Get Rich Slowly blog.  On one hand, it shows how easy things can be when you have a big salary.  On the other hand, it shows the power of dedication and focus towards savings.

Death to Pennies - a 4:31 video making a great case for why the penny needs to be eliminated, produced by C.G.P. Grey.  If you like it, click around his site to sample his other videos.

App of the Week: Paper Camera – 40tech highlighted this app of the week.  I think it looks fun, and will most likely download it soon.

That’s all for now.

-Chris Butterworth