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Is there a mean streak in this market?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis February 8, 2012 11:42 AM

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Certainly seems that way to me after reading the comments on one of my recent posts.

Having been in this situation myself, I took to heart Brendan's story about his so far fruitless house hunt in the western suburbs.

Brendan and his wife, Emily, want to say goodbye to their urban apartment and find a four bedroom, 2000-square-foot home in reasonable condition.

They'd like to start a family and are looking to spend in the $400,000 to $500,000 range.

Yet the one home he liked, in Natick, he wound up outbid on. Since then, it has been a dreary march through a series of oddly configured, overpriced fixer uppers.

Sounds all fairly typical - to me it was pretty clear that it was just another buyer grappling
with the often tough reality that you can spend a lot on a house inside the I-495 beltway and not have much to show for it.

But Brendan's story, unfortunately, and, to me, inexplicably, struck a very different chord among some of those who follow and comment on this blog.

My favorite, so to speak, was this little zinger hurled by BostonGuy247, apparently not to be confused by his even more mean spirited cousin, No. 246.

Lem144 totally hits the nail on the head. Live w/in your means!

Four bedrooms??? For 2 or 3 kids? Try two bdrs and having your kids share a room. Or, here's a thought... HAVE LESS KIDS & get a 2 bdr!

People need to get a grip & LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS! Drive farther or live in a smaller/less desirable home & stop the entitled whining about markets that you shouldn't be able to afford in the first place!

Maybe lay off the family planning advice, BostonGuy.

Some of our better known contributors also chimed in.

Wrote Jima:

Champagne tastes - Beer budget.

Replied Lance:

Jima, Natick is the real estate equivalent of Two Buck Chuck not Champagne.

To which Jima retorted:

Lance - But, some people have convinced themselves that Two Buck Chuck , ( or Natick), is good. The 50 percenters have to live somewhere, and there are a lot of low paying jobs available at the malls.

OK, this is a tough market to get a foothold in. If you are not priced out, you may very well find yourself stretching to buy.

But does this market also possibly breed a dog-eat-dog mentality? Do we have a mean streak here in Greater Boston?

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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