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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

by Calculated Risk on 8/21/2005 09:06:00 PM

My most recent post is up on Angry Bear: Signs of the Times.

"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind"

Signs, Five Man Electrical Band

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Orange County, CA Aug 21, 2005

This photo shows four houses in a row for sale. Two spec houses are being built, the one on the left nearing completion, has a "For Sale by Owner" sign.

For the 3rd and 4th houses, I've blown up the offering signs (upper right corner). The 3rd house is an older home with a For Sale / For lease sign. The last home is a newer resale with a small sign reading "New Listing".

Although three or four listings in a row is rare, a house for sale on every block is common. And when I drove around my neighborhood this morning, there was an open house sign on almost every corner. This may just be a temporary surge in inventories, but it feels like a sea change.