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Last night's episode of "30 Rock" was hilarious and I don't just think that because my college friend Robert Carlock wrote it. Great job RMC!  
I've blogged in the past about the eco-political benefits of our intertwined financial system. Back in December 2007, I argued that we're highly unlikely to fight a war with a country such as China who has so much equity capital invested in American companies. You might recall that this was when...
In an attempt to offer Zillow tips and tutorials in ways other than writing about them here on my blog, we just launched a video about Zillow Advice, our question and answer forum.  In the upcoming weeks we'll be releasing a series of how-to videos on various Zillow related topics as we build out...
This is a must-read from the New York Times. It will make you rethink the AIG bonus fiasco:   The following is a letter sent on Tuesday by Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president of the American International Group’s financial products unit, to Edward M. Liddy, the chief executive of A.I.G.   ...
Rich mentions that Zillow had 8 million unique visitors in February. We're on track for around 8.5 million in March, about 50% more than last year.
Last week, I had the pleasure of addressing the Emerald City Rotary Club here in Seattle. I spoke to them about Zillow and the Seattle Real Estate situation. I've given a lot of speeches, and I've been introduced by a lot of emcees. But this was the first time that I was serenaded by the audience...
Don't get too excited. It's foreclosure sales that are driving the results. But is it possible that inventory levels are peaking? Please say it's so...     Existing Home Sales 03-23-2009 Publish at Scribd or explore others: Literature Research
  Here is an interesting paper from the Federal Reserve about mortgage defaults. Chris Mayer from Columbia is the lead author. Chris is one of the smartest experts on the housing crisis. He's top notch. The paper hopes to answer the simple but critical question: what caused the recent increase in...
One of the biggest benefits of Twitter is that it lowers the bar to the participatory Web. It's a lot less intimidating to look at a twitter entry box than a blank blog entry composition screen. But with the lower bar comes a downside -- lots and lots of blah blah blah on Twitter. That's part of ...


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