Category: Land

The first bottom

3 May, 2010 (11:46) | Capital markets, Economics, Land, Speculation, Subprime, US News |

By:David A. Smith    When I return from morning tennis and wait at the intersection of Mount Auburn Street and Fresh Pond Parkway, I can jump right on the green, beating the 71 and 73 buses off the mark, which is important since they always start rolling even before the light has changed.     […]

Know when to fold ‘em: Part 3, stop me before I negotiate again!

28 April, 2010 (10:31) | Everglades, Florida, Land, Negotiation, Primer posts |

By:David A. Smith   [Concluded from yesterday’s Part 2 and the previous Part 1.] Concluding our series on the Florid Everglades proposed acquisition, using a lengthy New York Times piece as the principal resource (two others coming below), we’ve now reached the point where, if you’re like me, you’ve concluded that the deal has to […]

Know when to fold ‘em: Part 2, nibbled to death by ducks

27 April, 2010 (11:45) | Everglades, Florida, Land, Negotiation, Primer posts |

 By:David A. Smith     nibbled to death by ducks  [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw yesterday, reviewing the New York Times‘s lengthy expose, when Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced a June, 2008 agreement to buy a large portion of the Florida Everglades, many saw it as historic.    Like other supporters, Eric […]

Know when to fold ‘em: Part 1, it looked good to begin with

26 April, 2010 (12:03) | Everglades, Florida, Land, Negotiation, Primer posts |

By:David A. Smith   You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em – Kenny Rogers, The Gambler   Sometimes you make the best money not betting any more chips   When you’re negotiating a complex transaction with an extensive due diligence and financing period, you have to hold two ideas […]

Really renters?

31 January, 2007 (09:02) | Homeownership, Land, Mobile homes |

Does the Census mischaracterize people who live in mobile home parks?  A very clever friend of mine (who wishes to remain anonymous on this subject, let’s call him Mr. E) thinks they might.   My actual source is much better looking than this.   In a previous post, I listed six fundamental attributes that we […]