One of the first is whether you are considering purchasing a home. Okay, fair enough.
But then they follow that question with this atrocity:
How would you rate the overall condition of the housing market in the area where you are hoping to purchase a home in next six months? Would you rate it as (please select the rating that best describes the housing market in this area):
- Very hot (there are very few homes for sale in my price range; house prices are rising very rapidly)
- Somewhat hot (there is a limited selection of homes in my price range; house prices seem to be rising faster than usual)
- Stable (there is an adequate supply of homes in my price range, and house prices have been flat or moving up slowly)
- Cool (there are a lot of homes for sale in my price range, and house prices have been slowly edging down)
- Very cool (there is an abundance of homes for sale in my price range, and house prices have been dropping)
- Not sure; I haven't been tracking the housing market that closely
This is horrid marketing at it's deepest and lamest. Notice how the choices all mutually exclude the fact that prices are too high, and that they are dropping just about everywhere. How about adding the following choices, you lying dill-holes?
- Crappy (there are a lot of homes for sale that WERE in my price range 3 years ago)
- Sucks to be a Seller (there is an abundance of homes that are expected to enter foreclosure in the next 3 years)
- Laughable (I am enjoying renting while watching the REIC implode)
- But My Neighbor Made a Killing (I can't sell my current Mc$hitbox for what my neighbor did in 2005, and I refuse to budge on price)
- What Was I Thinking? (I bought into the hype over the past 3 years that "real estate always goes UP!", and now I'm stuck with upside-down investment property that I can't unload)
- Comfortably Numb (there are more houses for sale than I've ever seen in my long life, and I expect to find a bargain as prices drop 30+% over the next couple years)
- Not Sure (I am about to make one of the biggest financial decisions of my life, so I'm going to hand this job over to some "professionals" who aren't required to even possess a college degree and whose ethics lie somewhere between used-car salesmen and starving hyenas)
Editor's note: It's good to be back - I'm in a "great" mood today, as you can probably tell.