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1) If you're all like "Subprime Mortgage whaaat?" there's an answer. The endearingly bookish straight shooters at the NPR program This American Life put things in perspective in what is most likely a funny, sad, then funny, then sad again, and ultimately inspiring tale. It's all just a giant pool of money, see? [SF Home Blog]
2) The Future of Real Estate...is NOW! Digital For Sale signs and voice-powered search may drastically change the market in the coming years. So when the Post-Apocalypic overlords forcible remove you from your home in the interest of building a giant thunder-dome, you'll have no problem finding a new pad...until the Vampire Zombies attack. [Sellsius]
3) New term to us: "AstroTurfing." Defined as a fake grassroots campaign. Like say, angryrenter.com. Despite the site's claim that "Quite simply, we are just Angry Renters," the masterminds behind the operation are neither renters nor probably that angry (seeing as how they're multi-millionaires and all). The site is the brainchild of former House majority leader Dick Armey and publisher Steven Forbes that's surely designed to somehow advance their diabolical conservative agenda. [Burbed]
4) A well-informed (and financed!) renter shares his opinion about why it's NOT the right time to buy. Baaaasically....as far as we can tell, the moral of the story is to make a low-ball offer. [The Front Steps]