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Material Prosperity

Robert Shiller, like many of us, realize how housing has taken a dramatic turn from providing basic shelter for most Americans into a game to be exploited by the rich – to the detriment of the less advantaged.

His latest article from yesterday’s newspaper:

What do Robert Shiller and Jim the Realtor have in common?

We’re going to be in a movie together!

Giorgio confirmed that the documentary film that has been in the works for the last four years will be ready in time to submit for Sundance 2018!

No one is getting their hopes up too high, considering that last year there were over 12,000 films submitted, and they only took about 1% of them. But if nothing else, we will at least have a screening of the movie here.

Here is the trailer one more time for the newcomers:

Cost per Square Foot is a documentary film project about the singular and perverse nature of the American housing economy. Though much has been written and filmed about the 2008 housing collapse, we seem to have failed to ask a fundamental question:

What is it that we are actually building?

This documentary attempts to answer that question. And in the process, it tell a larger story about housing in America that many people don’t know.

In the years since the US housing market became the epicenter of an unprecedented global economic collapse, protests in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Southside Chicago have highlighted the stark disparities of opportunity that define many American cities. These phenomena are not unrelated – they are divergent paths set in motion by postwar housing policy, a feat of social engineering that simultaneously created the world’s largest middle class, by directly subsidizing suburban development, while systematically depriving inner cities of resources and denying huge swaths of the US population the ability to build wealth through homeownership.

This was by design.

Cost per Square Foot is a historical road trip through the American housing landscape, in all its glory and all its blunder. The film invites viewers into a deeper conversation about our housing economy, one that addresses the fundamental issues of segregation, inequality, and financial instability. Through the stories of a retired NYC cop, a quietly socialist war bride, an aspiring Youtube star / realtor, and a young photographer whose photos of the Baltimore riots propel him into the national spotlight, Cost per Square Foot charts a course between the imagined wealth of seemingly endless “neo-taco-mediterranean special” suburban tract homes built atop razed orange groves, and the stark realities of life in many of America’s inner cities.

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Bubbleinfo TV, Documentary Film, Jim's Take on the Market | 6 comments

Bubbleinfo on Facebook Live

My first attempt at Facebook Live, with no warm-up.

I’ll hold the phone horizontally next time, and shoot the video out the back of the phone because this view is reversed (be patient, it rolls out slowly here):

Jim the Realtor on market conditions

Posted by on Thursday, August 3, 2017

If you want to follow, here is the link to the Bubbleinfo Facebook page:

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, One-Story, Thinking of Buying?, Thinking of Selling?, View, Why You Should List With Jim | 0 comments


We’ve talked about how long-time owners are finally giving up their estate, and how the houses tend to need a full remodel.  But every once in a while you see one with unique style and flair that they might be better left alone.

This one sold last month for full price, $1,800,000:

The MLS says $1,800,000, but the tax rolls says $1,785,000.



Posted by on Jul 23, 2017 in Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, Rancho Santa Fe | 0 comments

Statewide Community Infrastructure Program

The Statewide Community Infrastructure Program (SCIP) sounds like another name for 30-year Mello-Roos-type bonds whose proceeds are used to pay for things that governments or home builders used to cover.

Here is their intro:

The Mello-Roos at this Carmel Valley new tract is $2,932.90 per year, plus the Statewide Communities Infrastructure Program requires another $4,300 per year (total = $7,232.90 or about $603 per month):

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Bubbleinfo TV, Builders, Carmel Valley, Jim's Take on the Market, Market Buzz, Mello-Roos | 5 comments