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Thank You Ben!

Ben at HousingTracker has called it quits:

Update 8/25/2014: It’s been 9 years since I started HousingTracker as a personal project to try to gain insight into rapidly changing home prices during the housing bubble. There wasn’t nearly as much data available then as there is now, and I was happy to make a very small contribution towards improving that situation. In 2014 there is a lot more data available and most of that data is better than what I can provide — especially considering recent challenges of maintaining data quality. As such, I’ve decided to end the HousingTracker project.

If you’re looking for asking price and inventory data, my favorite source is Zillow’s data page specifically the For-sale inventory (raw) csv and the Median list price csv. It’s not quite as timely as HousingTracker data, but it has broader coverage and is likely more accurate.

Thanks for visiting!
Ben

Unfortunately the little guys – those who have the best local insights – are giving way to the corporate behemoths.  Others who have stopped their personal internet projects include OC Renter, Schahrzad, and Kris Berg, and I haven’t seen any new ones taking their place.

It seems inevitable that we will led around by the economists and corporate CEOs, and getting fed those vague national and statewide statistics that don’t help much at the local level.  If anyone is thinking of starting a local blog, now would be a great time!

Here’s the latest from Ben regarding the San Diego market:

http://www.deptofnumbers.com/asking-prices/california/san-diego/

SDhousingtracker

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Local Flavor | 5 comments

Whale Surfing

surfing whales

An incredible photo snapped Saturday (April 5) at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore is going viral.

A mother humpback whale and her calf were cruising just offshore when a set rolled in.

J.T. Gray of North Shore Surf Photos grabbed his camera and the shot of a lifetime. “I spotted the whales heading towards the lineup,” said Gray. “When the set rolled, a bodyboarder (six-time world champion Guilherme Tamega) caught the first wave, and the whales caught the second.”

From late December to early May, humpback whales call Hawaii home. However, it is rare that the whales come this close to shore.

“I have never seen whales surfing on the north shore and everyone I have spoke to about it says it’s a first as well,” said Gray.

http://wnow.worldnow.com/story/25220334/photo-of-whales-surfing-pipeline-goes-viral-drone-video-released

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Local Flavor | 0 comments

Carlsbad Fire Tour

carlsbad fire map

black rail

The fire fighters are doing a great job – the damage could have been substantially worse because this fire wasn’t located on the outskirts of town – it was right in the middle:

They didn’t have the DC-10 flying on Thursday because it was the pilot’s day off.  This is San Marcos or Escondido:

fire plane

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Local Flavor | 2 comments