Category: Moving

Month in Review: February, 2012

4 May, 2012 (10:30) | Admin, Apartments, California, Cuba, Eviction, Global news, Greece, Housing, Land use, Month in review, Moving, Production, Speculation, Travelers, United Kingdom |

[Previous Month in Reviews available here: Jan 12, Dec 11.]   By:David A. Smith   All housing starts with the micro, and February featured three stories that illustrate micro-markets in action, starting with the deflating history that people you thought were your friends now see you as just a charitable benefactor, in Rent as social […]

The urban moving van

3 February, 2012 (09:34) | Apartments, Housing, Innovations, Markets, Moving, New York City, Rental |

By:David A. Smith   Primates being acquisitive, grasping creatures, anything we covet, we want to own.    Not for rent   Yet ownership has its costs – acquisition, storage, maintenance – that make ownership a burden, so as societies become richer, ever-more-complex markets create more and more opportunities to rent. Thus, if you were moving […]

Emotional incumbency: Part 2, reasons we like staying

4 November, 2011 (11:17) | Apartments, Cities, Homeownership, Improvability, Moving, New York City, Psychology, Rent control, Rental, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post on people who lived an extremely long time in a single apartment, taken from this picaresque New York Times article, identified three reasons that people dislike leaving their nest: the hassle of moving, the loss of (often undeserved) rent bargain, and anxiety about […]

Emotional incumbency: Part 1, reasons we dislike leaving

3 November, 2011 (09:00) | Apartments, Cities, Homeownership, Improvability, Moving, New York City, Psychology, Rent control, Rental, US News |

By: David A. Smith   A part of each of us is lazy.  Another part of us loves the familiar, simply because we know it well – and so we stay in one place much longer than a perfectly rational economist would have us do, through thick and thin, as profiled in this picaresque New […]

Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion

11 March, 2010 (11:12) | Apartments, Leases, Moving, New York City, Rent control, Tenure, US News |

By David A. Smith   Can you count the times you’ve moved?  Remember how much fun it was?  How long it took you to unpack the final boxes?   Got everything?   Most of us hate moving – and we understand that moving is a sunk cost that yields nothing but emotional, temporal, and economic […]