Category: Economics

Revising My Seattle Rent Outlook

In May I posted Ballard Rents – Don’t Believe the Hype! in which I gave my thoughts about the rent situation in Seattle. Although I am still confident that the near-vertical increase in rents is about to come to an … [continue reading]

Getting More or Getting Nothing

Very shortly after my neighbors and I learned the new owners were going to evict all the tenants, a group was formed to fight the new developers. I wasn’t sure what the group was going to do. We were … [continue reading]

Ballard Rents – Don’t Believe the Hype!

This is a follow up post to Trying to Cheer Up an Economic Idiot. In that post I outlined my opinion of what was happening in the red hot rental market of my Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. Unlike my … [continue reading]

Trying to Cheer Up an Economic Idiot

Last October I posted about my upcoming eviction. I live in the highly desirable neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle. In the past few years rents have increased and developers have been responding to this demand by building more and … [continue reading]

Car Repair Spreadsheet – Why Didn’t I Think of This Earlier?

I recently got nailed with a $1500 car repair bill. The big ticket item was replacing an EGR Valve. Now I know very little about cars and tend to tune out when mechanics start getting technical, so I didn’t … [continue reading]

Price Gouging is Good

I haven’t done a financial post in a long time, but I feel I need to defend what most people feel is indefensible: price gouging. What is price gouging? From the Wikipedia.

Price gouging is a pejorative term referring

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