Bigger and Better and More April Fools

* (Read to the end and receive your free gift for playing the game)

It’s no secret. We’re living it. Real estate can fool ya’ in a New York minute. Some of the time. Most of the time. All of the time. Just when you think there’s a fastball coming right down the middle of the plate, the invisible hand of the marketplace alters it’s grip on the seams and throws you one of those really nasty curveballs instead. Even when your eyes are focused clearly on the pitch, you can still miss by a mile on occasion.
It’s April Fools week folks. Real estate is buzzing with a crazy kind of trickster energy that has us doubting established truths, looking over our shoulders, questioning everything getting tossed in our direction. Since baseball’s opening day is also coming up, you are all invited to step into the batter’s box while I step up on the pitcher’s mound. I’m going to check the dream catcher’s signs, take my wind up and deliver a few patented knuckleballs your way – in true trickster fashion.
Decide whether each of the following pitches is true or false and then log onto my blog (real-estate-of-mind.com) to see what your batting average is. Everyone will be rewarded with a take home souvenir just for playing the game.
•    To encourage consumer confidence, the Obama Administration considered calling this spring’s time change – Daylight Spending Time. False

•    A Homeowner has officially been redefined to mean someone with more than 51% equity in their home. False

•    A Million Mortgage March is being planned for mid May. Throngs of angry mortgagees are expected to descend on Washington to present the White House and both Houses of Congress with ceremonial Notices of Default. False

•    More than 35% of the homes in both inland and coastal California are now considered underwater. True

•    Recordings of Rush Limbaugh have been used to kill termites in heavily infested progressive regions of the Country. True and False

•    A disgruntled winner of a $2 million dollar Dream House Raffle sued a Bay Area non-profit recently after an independent appraisal proved the home was only worth $1.2 million. False

•    Enterprising Agents are buying midget-sized statues of the patron saint of homes, St. Joseph, and burying them upside down outside of their short sale listings in the belief that it will make those oh so tedious bank processes move a lot faster. True and False

•    The median income in Santa Cruz County only allows a buyer to purchase a home for $350,000 assuming they could actually scrounge up a 20% down payment and that they could actually  survive the rigors of a full doc loan qualifying process. True

•    Using credit scores to determine a borrower’s loan qualifications has been declared unconstitutional and a discriminatory lending practice aimed at redlining people who don’t pay their bills. False

•    The EPA has declared the Orlando and Las Vegas real estate markets Superfund Hazard Sites in a bold new move to jumpstart remediation efforts to clean up toxic assets all across America. False

•    Disney’s California Adventure Park plans to open a new attraction featuring an underwater McMansion Ride. Thrill seekers will attempt to get out of homes turned upside down by an unexpected rogue tsunami. It is loosely based on the hit 70’s disaster movie – The Poseidon Adventure.  False

•    Locally, more notices of default have been issued in the first three months of 2010 than there have been sales. True

•    Nobel Prize winning Economists have declared it impossible for multiple offers with buyers competing against other buyers to exist in a buyers’ market. True and False

•    The housing market is being called “the Vietnam War of the American economy” and a new syndrome called PTDSD (Post Traumatic Distress Sale Disorder) has been identified in a high percentage of former foreclosure and short sale participants. True and False

•    Unemployed actors in Southern California are being hired to occupy vacant homes and coached to go through the motions of being “real” Sellers to help “psychologically stage” and market Bank-Owned listings. True

•    A host of new online real estate courses are being offered for enterprising Agents anxious to earn flashy new professional designations. In addition to CDPE ( Certified Distressed Property Expert), new webinars are focusing on GGC (Greed and Grief Counselor) and CYA (Liability Aversion Specialist) accreditation. True and False
Your Reward for Taking the April Fools Test: A free ride on the real estate market roller coaster…have fun and hang on! CLICK HERE

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