One way for high wagers to avoid paying rent or mortgage

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                                                                                 Sam Shueh

                                                        Realty One Group

                                                         Campbell, CA

In pricey neighborhoods the employees income is impressive so is the housing cost. Many young workers manage to save as much renting a room, live on a boat to save for a place called home. 

Unlike the couples illustrated below, I have sold to several single women who can afford a home. They take in a roommate or two who will ask me to get them a housing later. Many of them are still in their twenties. They are determined to achieve their American Dream.




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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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The couples are not the only ones to live on company campus parking lot. Several others did.  Google provides free meals to encourage to be more productive. Many coders work at night and rest day time.  Gym, massage, barber and even dentists are close by to allow employees to take minimum time off.


The couple have worked at Google for five years this April. Husband started as a contractor and now works as a program manager. Two of these five years were spent living in the Google parking lot with his wife.  80% of take home pay is saved for a home they bought in 2013. Home price has almost doubled since.

Today their "mini Winnie" is still alive and kicking, but now it's parked in the driveway of their home.

May 31, 2017 07:21 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Wow.... I gave all of my children a down payment for their first home..... living in a parking lot is not an option....

May 31, 2017 07:36 AM #2
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Lots of ways to save for a downpayment on a home.  Unfortunately, most young people are not willing to sacrifice upfront for the long term benefit.  They still want the new cars, go out to eat all the time, fancy clothes etc.  

May 31, 2017 07:48 AM #3
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I can see why many folks are entertaining the idea of living in an RV but I bet it would get old quick!  There are still some smart folks like the ones you have helped who plan and save and buy a place of their own.

May 31, 2017 08:03 AM #4
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have a lot of admiration for those who live simply, sacrifice comforts as they build for the future.

My son and I both have vans set up for camping out on projects and do this often.  It saves a lot of money, time and gas.

May 31, 2017 01:06 PM #5
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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My days was to buy a beat up VW wagons drive up and down the freeways gave people a peace sign........

May 31, 2017 02:13 PM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

The romance of living in a home with wheels is much more attractive in the planning and dreaming stages than in the actual reality of it.

Jun 02, 2017 04:31 AM #7
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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There is a wowan working for Google also. She owns a small boat near a SF boat harbor.  It is about 200 sf. She pays about $200 parking her boat there. When needing to go to bath there is a public shower. The boat sways a bit so she goes to Starbuck.

Jun 02, 2017 08:16 AM #8
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Hmmm, I've heard that this company is generous, but living in the parking lot is not my idea of "the good life"...

Jun 02, 2017 09:01 AM #9
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sam, I would imagine young buyers would have trouble buying in your area with prices so high.

Jun 04, 2017 07:20 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Sam - glad to see that they saved the money to get their dream house.  Whatever it takes, the dream is there.

Jun 05, 2017 09:11 AM #11
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Whatever floats your boat...or your wheels ...go fot it !

Jun 08, 2017 01:04 AM #12
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I learned something new from your post about people living in google parking lot. 

Jun 22, 2017 01:57 AM #13
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