Let’s see.. Because we’ve lived through like three real estate bubbles, and we know that the value of houses doesn’t go up forever. We also know that the industry is rigged, and filled with predatory creeps. Also renting is awesome. You don’t have to fix stuff. You can leave with you want - which is by no means certain when owning when markets are volatile. AND renting is cheaper in many urban areas, which we love, where the ownership market is decoupled from the rental market. ESPECIALLY in magnet cities like New York which attract international wealth.
I’ve never owned a house and it’s awesome. AND THANK GOD.
Edit: OH. AND. Ever try buying a house when you don’t have a full time “normal” job? Ever try buying a house as a freelancer? As a founder? Good freakin’ luck.
Okay, perhaps not my finest work. I was really tired. It was 4 AM. I had just gotten home from a long flight. Writing a column every week is hard! I mean, not like, pay-me-six-figures-a-year-to-just-write-a-column-hard, more like, try-to-remember-to-hop-on-the-scale-every-day hard.
I have noticed it’s way easier to write it every week when the week is a writing week. When you’re working on some larger thing, like a book, or a lot of smaller things, like a blog, it’s sort of a welcome distraction to write about something one day a week. When you’re hanging out with friends on a vacation, it is a lot harder.
- Emma (upon finishing the daily show with Neil deGrasse Tyson): You're gonna buy that book, right?
- Me: Yep, I'm on it. Oh man, it's like eleven bucks.
- Emma: So? I thought that was cheap to you.
- Me: I'm unemployed now. I'm trying to save money.
- Emma: You bought two copies of How to Be Black. That was $10.
- Me: That was $10, not $11.69. And Baratunde is a friend.
- Emma: Neil deGrasse Tyson is a friend to all humanity.
THANK YOU. Now, can it be on the Kindle, too, please? Or is that too much to ask?