What We’re Reading: Oct. 22 – Oct. 28

The President’s latest housing program, creative open houses, and murphy beds ?!

Researchers have found that relocating people out of poor neighborhoods can be as effective as drugs in reducing their chances of becoming overweight and developing diabetes.

The federal government’s expansion of a mortgage refinancing program could reduce the monthly payments of up to one million homeowners, but analysts said the modest scope of the plan means it will probably do little to heal the housing market or help the broader economy.

Competition for qualified buyers is fierce. So agents are staging mini-circuses, serving free drinks, offering massages and raffling off Botox treatments to draw guests to open houses. Are you employing new, creative means to get clients to open houses?

There are apps for everything these days. The latest trend is apps that let you rent out your stuff – bikes, cars, rooms and even (yuck) your toilet.

We here in Information Central we always enjoy a good research report. The New York Times summarizes the Congressional Budget Office’s October 2011 report Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 and 2007.

If you thought the much-mocked murphy bed went away sometime around the end of “I Love Lucy”, think again. The Wall Street Journal reports on a resurgence of interest in this space saver.

Did you know that the punctuation mark expressing surprise and shock “?!” has a name? It’s called the Interrobang (what a bad name) and was coined in the early 1960s. For a while it was so popular that Remington typewriters came with it. The New Yorker revisits the interrobang and provides a link to a quiz on other less well-known punctuation marks.

Halloween is just around the corner, which means soon the streets will be filled with costumed kids looking for treats, and teenagers looking to deal out a few tricks. If you’d like to spare your home the wrath of teenage pranksters this Halloween, or just keep your property vandal-free all year long, follow these important to tips.

And finally, a bit of library humor (yes, there is such a thing) from the classic British comedy The Two Ronnies. If the youtube video doesn’t display below, here’s a link.


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  1. I was caught up and find myself a smirk in the latest trend about the app to rent stuff however for a fact, that the government is paying more attention with this “mortgage refinancing program” is pretty good enough to know that they have finally come to their senses that it is one of the important matters the Americans are asking over a couple of years. It is good to sit back in our homes knowing that we are making a pretty nice deal that doesn’t choke. I call this an awakening. Thanks a lot for the article Dave. Nice. 😉

  2. This was a nice post Dave! Honestly, a lot of Americans would be happy upon being aware of this. Hopefully, things would turn out better and better helping a lot of people looking into buying Tampa homes for sale become more encouraged to invest their hard-earned money in their dream homes. Thanks Dave!