joined 2007 Apr 28, 12:21pm
New Engineeing Venture
on 3 Apr 2018
, latest 3 months ago Not sure if any of you would have the need for it, but I've decided to launch my own engineering / consulting firm to leverage my almost 20 years in...
Update from ECBB
on 9 May 2013
, latest 4 months ago As some of us long timers have started to actually *GASP* enter the ranks of homeownership (or as I call it ... renting from the bank). I thought it might...
Pollution and the mining industry...
on 25 Oct 2017
Posted 2 years ago http://www.zerohedge.com/news/ Lead and Zinc are used for many industrial products, including certain batteries (some of which are used in electric cars and hybrids). So much for a "Green" vehicle.It's really...
Best way to find a job..
on 27 Sep 2017
, latest 2 years ago I don't have a huge network, and even at that most of my contacts are not in my immediate metro area. I've tried headhunters, job boards and linked-in. I'm a...
Wait... 650.000 emails
on 1 Nov 2016
, latest 3 years ago That's more than 1 email sent (or received) per second over the course of an entire year. Given that she worked for almost 4 years under Clinton as secretary of...
on 4 May 2016
, latest 4 years ago Unless I'm mistaken (and I may be), when we vote for November, we are actually voting for a representative elector, and it is this gathering of the electoral college that...
Maps of property value for the coats vs. the rest of the country.
on 14 Jan 2016
Posted 4 years ago Some interesting maps to put things in perspective c/o Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com Not that this is new to any of us, but they are still cool too look at. #housing...
annual xmas wishes
on 24 Dec 2013
, latest 4 years ago Merry christmas to all. No matter what you affilation, may the message of jesus be an inspiration to you, now and throughout the year. Peace. ECBB
If it all hits the fan...
on 29 Aug 2015
, latest 4 years ago I've been reading Zerohedge too much lately http://www.zerohedge.com/news/ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/ Now I don't think the bottom will fall out and we'll have unrest in the streets... but the reality is that...
Are we being too bearish on housing?
on 18 Jan 2012
, latest 4 years ago I'm trying not to fall into the same thinking that drove the housing bubble. Just as prices don't always go up, they don't always go down either. For example, I...
Commercial and/or rental properties
on 14 Aug 2015
, latest 5 years ago At some point I want to have some real estate in my portfolio (other than my primary residence) for diversification purposes... sure there's REIT's, but I'm seriously thinking about pursuing...
I should have gone into computers....
on 30 Jun 2015
, latest 5 years ago I have an advanced degree in Chemical Engineering. Out of curiosity (given the consistently "good" job numbers I keep hearing about), I've taken a look to see what opportunities may...
Worst Case Situation
on 7 Jul 2015
, latest 5 years ago Grexit causes deeper depression and civil unrest --> Anarchy ensues --> ISIS takes hold and uses Greece as a base to infiltrate greater Europe. (OK - probably not going to...
on 24 Apr 2011
, latest 6 years ago May those of you who follow him, keep him close to your hearts on this day!
Can I do more?
on 2 Feb 2014
, latest 6 years ago I know what I earn both as an individual, and as a household, relative to my income. I know in many ways I am blessed - for many are far...
on 2 Feb 2014
, latest 6 years ago When I was a kid I used to love flying. The awe of being able to travel so far, so fast, to look down at all of the cities and...
Housing Perdictions for 2013?
on 31 Dec 2012
, latest 6 years ago 1) Rates will stay low. 30-year fixed will be between 3% and 4% for most of the year. 2) Media will trump a "recovery" - but most of us won't...
When do wages go up?
on 11 Sep 2013
, latest 6 years ago Thinking about Labor Day (now that its come and gone) and the striking fast food workers. When does the average "middle class" worker get a true raise? Most people I...
A tale of two coasts
on 1 Sep 2013
, latest 6 years ago It seems to me that this new "min-bubble" we are in has been a West Coast phenomonea. http://money.cnn.com/2013/08/2 https://www.spice-indices.com/ So the questions are 1) WHY? and 2) When it does...
Presiden't Comments on Martin Case
on 20 Jul 2013
, latest 7 years ago http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog I don't know what to make of it. His remarks, the case, the whole deal. Personally, I feel the fact that he was YOUNG, the way he was dressed,...
Are you glad you bought?
on 20 Jul 2013
, latest 7 years ago Sitting here watching the Sox Yankees game on Fox (Go Sox!) and filing some papers, including my most recent mortgage statement. I'm thankful that I was finally able to buy....
Call me crazy.. but I'm calling a bottom!
on 24 Feb 2012
, latest 7 years ago http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/2 Now in some areas prices might still have 5% to 10% to go, but on the average, we're probably more or less at the bottom. Prices may move slightly...
New Thread - "Former renters"
on 11 May 2013
Posted 7 years ago For those of us who have taken the plunge, and want to give updates, good bad or otherwise. http://www.patrick.net/?Former
Will Cyprus be a Lehman like event?
on 23 Mar 2013
, latest 7 years ago If they do not secure the bail out will contagion follow? Will this be similar to the Fed's decision to no bail out Lehman... it had unintended consequences that rippled...
Random Musings from ECBB
on 5 Mar 2013
, latest 7 years ago In case anyone caresâ€¦ I havenâ€™t written much, but have been lurking. So on a rare day off I sit here on my new back porch (see photo below) â€“...
The FULL cost of homeownership.
on 3 Nov 2011
, latest 7 years ago Looking at numbers this morning. When you factor in: Mortgage Taxes Insurance Maintenance and Upkeep Heat Electric Water Sewer Landscaping Etc, et As compared to Rent Electric The difference is...
East Coast Bubble Boys's Saga (How he got his first house)
on 17 Nov 2012
, latest 7 years ago Now that its finally come to its conclusion, I can give an overview of the saga as it pertains to my first home purchase. It all started in the summer...
on 27 Oct 2012
, latest 7 years ago Hopefuly all of us on the East Coast (myself included) are ready for this one. Keep safe y'all.
Merry Christmas to All
on 24 Dec 2012
, latest 7 years ago A few years back, I couldn't stand Christmas. I was lost in the commercialization of the holiday, annoyed how little people thought of each other, and was just a...
Lack of pronouns and Bad grammar
on 11 Dec 2012
, latest 7 years ago more and more find myself not using pronouns and truncating my senteces. Today's texting / internet / email has made it worse. can brly understnd myslf. It's like some new...
Happy Birthday Jim!
on 8 Dec 2012
, latest 7 years ago Jim Morrison, former front man of The Doors, would have been 69 today. VH1 classic has been running a whole bunch of Doors material all day. Still one of my...
Realtor stole for sale signs
on 24 Nov 2012
, latest 7 years ago http://www.boston.com/news/odd Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut real estate agent has been charged with stealing a competitor’s for sale signs from the front lawns of area homes. Police say 54-year-old Robert...
on 19 Nov 2012
Posted 7 years ago I know a few people who have tired for mortgage modifications, some more successful than others. Without exception, the first thing they are told is that you need to be...
Summary of my close encounters in home buying
on 16 Nov 2012
Posted 7 years ago It was a learning process the entire way. It all started back in 2001 when I was looking to buy a small condo. My longtime local credit union literally laughed...
Cash Flow and Down Payments
on 2 Jul 2012
, latest 7 years ago How much to put down? (I already know what I'm going to do, but it was an interesting exercise.) I found a house for a fair price (not great, but...
Idea for Patrick
on 4 Oct 2012
, latest 7 years ago Is there anyway you can have the author of a discussion EXCLUDE certain users from posting within it? For example If post a new thread but do not want [PICKYOURTROLL]...
Goodnight and Good luck!
on 23 Sep 2012
, latest 7 years ago Where have all the smart people gone? I used to read the forum daily for intelligent discussion and debate. Now, I donâ€™t do that nearly as much â€“ when I...
why prices have bottomed and will slowly rise
on 30 Sep 2012
, latest 7 years ago 1) low interest rates 2) rising rents 3) unemployment, although high, has stabilized. 4) pent up demand 5) manipulation of housing stock.#housing
I'm betting on a tie...
on 22 Sep 2012
Posted 7 years ago Call me crazy, but I think its going to end in a tie, 269 electoral votes allotted to each candidate. (Presuming the electors ballot as intended)
on 25 Jul 2012
, latest 8 years ago Random Musings Been doing a lot of thinking lately â€“ forgive me if I ramble, but I always appreciate (most) of the comments from the pat.net crowd, as you guys...