Monday, February 20, 2012

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