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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-21-08 04:10 PM
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115. Here's another question.
Why do people buying their first home need new homes?

We've lived in three different homes over the decades, and they've all been at least 20 years old at the time of purchase.
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  -Seriously, why do new homes NEED to be so BIG? HughBeaumont  Apr-21-08 11:28 AM   #0 
  - Because People Want Them, And That's Their Business.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 11:28 AM   #1 
  - That's a little simplistic I would think  bryant69   Apr-21-08 11:30 AM   #4 
  - All I see is "Ignored". What did they say?  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 11:31 AM   #8 
  - Said that people want them, and that's their business  Paint It Black   Apr-21-08 11:32 AM   #10 
  - OK, so me having them on ignored is justified then.  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 11:39 AM   #25 
  - 250k in raw materials = money pumped into the ecomomy  ileus   Apr-21-08 06:40 PM   #138 
     - = environmental destruction and waste  Lorien   Apr-21-08 06:47 PM   #140 
     - Eventual foreclosure = money drained from the economy.  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 09:33 PM   #150 
  - That's not what I said, incidentally, but I guess that accuracy is not your strong suit. n/t  bryant69   Apr-21-08 01:51 PM   #85 
     - Clearly, Paint-it-black's post was refering to OMC's post,  sheeptramp   Apr-21-08 02:00 PM   #86 
     - Clearly. But the question was "What did they say?"  bryant69   Apr-21-08 02:05 PM   #88 
        - Siiiiighhhh . . .  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 02:38 PM   #93 
        - You certainly have a simplistic attitude on Free Trade  bryant69   Apr-21-08 02:48 PM   #96 
           - My attitude on trade is far from simplistic.  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 04:13 PM   #117 
        - I think it was gender-neutral "they." You know, the same as "he or she."  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Apr-21-08 10:36 PM   #164 
        - it's not uncommon for the same kind of people to be ignored either n/t  Skittles   Apr-22-08 04:43 AM   #183 
     - Are you posting under TWO user names? Because why would you reply like that?  TheGoldenRule   Apr-21-08 03:13 PM   #98 
  - He offered to buy you a pony, but I think the time limit has expired  petronius   Apr-21-08 11:34 AM   #16 
  - If you have them on ignore why do you care?  Marrah_G   Apr-21-08 12:05 PM   #46 
  - If I have them on ignore, why do you care whether I care or not?  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 12:43 PM   #62 
     - Sorry it just seems odd to ignore someone and then want to know what they said  Marrah_G   Apr-21-08 02:11 PM   #90 
        - Some people really like bragging about being snobs.  spoony   Apr-21-08 09:51 PM   #154 
  - Lol! Me too! "ignored" is at the beginning of so many flame wars  Lorien   Apr-21-08 06:43 PM   #139 
  - I also.  baby_mouse   Apr-26-08 04:45 AM   #256 
  - Not Your Business What House Someone Chooses To Build. Sorry.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 11:38 AM   #23 
     - We may not have a choice as to what a person buys  LanternWaste   Apr-21-08 11:50 AM   #35 
     - There Are People In The World Who Would Be Thankful To Live In A Box.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 11:53 AM   #39 
        - Person in a box is guilty too.  LanternWaste   Apr-21-08 12:08 PM   #47 
           - Yes. Damn Those Electric Consuming Boxes! Damn Them To Hell!!!!!!!!!!!  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 12:14 PM   #52 
              - never been guilty of excesses at another person's expense?  LanternWaste   Apr-21-08 12:23 PM   #58 
     - OMC, I doubt that many people "want" those houses. It's linked to perceived status and value.  Gormy Cuss   Apr-21-08 11:56 AM   #43 
     - You are confusing him with big words and the concept of the common good.  tabasco   Apr-21-08 01:02 PM   #74 
     - OMC is fully capable of understanding big words and the common good.  Gormy Cuss   Apr-21-08 01:11 PM   #80 
     - Not to mention the destruction  dropkickpa   Apr-21-08 02:44 PM   #94 
     - Eh, actually it is everyone's business.  quantessd   Apr-21-08 05:25 PM   #134 
     - Filthy reactionary White Guardist wrecker!  Hardrada   Apr-22-08 02:19 AM   #176 
     - That's a blanket statement that doesn't reflect even basic truth.  riverdeep   Apr-22-08 07:46 AM   #192 
     - Of course it is.  bunkerbuster1   Apr-22-08 08:37 AM   #199 
  - All that waste - not to mention the energy that such a house will suck up  Paint It Black   Apr-21-08 11:32 AM   #9 
  - You're Guilty Too. Talk To Me When You're Not.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 11:39 AM   #26 
  - Guilty of what?  Paint It Black   Apr-21-08 12:22 PM   #56 
  - give it up,  Skittles   Apr-22-08 04:43 AM   #184 
     - There's a bright side...  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Apr-22-08 04:28 PM   #249 
  - May a drunk not speak of alcoholism?  LanternWaste   Apr-21-08 12:53 PM   #71 
     - Course He Can. But Sticking His Nose Up In The Air At Other Drunks, Is, Well, A Tad Hypocritical...  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 01:05 PM   #75 
        - What if he's asking, "why does that drunk need so much booze?  LanternWaste   Apr-21-08 02:03 PM   #87 
        - Sticking his nose up other drunks...whaaaa?  Squatch   Apr-21-08 02:47 PM   #95 
        - Too fucking right.  spoony   Apr-21-08 09:53 PM   #155 
  - Not to mention deteriorating urban housing stock...  PassingFair   Apr-22-08 08:03 AM   #194 
  - Except that now it's everyone's business  IAmJacksSmirkingRevenge   Apr-21-08 11:37 AM   #21 
  - Yeah and the Same Small Penis Idiots Drive Gas Sucking Behemoths  we can do it   Apr-21-08 11:40 AM   #27 
  - Hehehehe You Said Penis And Sucking...  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 11:42 AM   #31 
  - Thin skin much?  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Apr-21-08 11:47 AM   #34 
  - Stop Projecting.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 11:51 AM   #36 
     - Take a good look at the posts in this subthread you started and ask yourself a question:  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Apr-21-08 12:16 PM   #54 
     - He's probably got himself on "ignore" ;-). (NT)  Tesha   Apr-21-08 12:34 PM   #61 
     - That would explain a lot nt  sheeptramp   Apr-21-08 12:51 PM   #68 
     - Yeah, "live and let live" is so damn irrational  spoony   Apr-21-08 09:55 PM   #156 
        - Another simplistic answer to a complex situation.  quantessd   Apr-21-08 11:36 PM   #168 
           - There is no "answer" because there is no "question"  spoony   Apr-22-08 01:43 AM   #175 
              - I hope you're sexy, because you talk like a bimbo.  quantessd   Apr-22-08 02:26 AM   #177 
                 - Yes I am, and that would be "mimbo" but  spoony   Apr-22-08 02:53 AM   #180 
                    - Okay, Spoony, this is a subject I have some knowledge about.  quantessd   Apr-22-08 03:24 AM   #181 
                       - And when during that shall I call them a bimbo?  spoony   Apr-22-08 04:10 AM   #182 
                          - Perfect reply  jasonc   Apr-22-08 11:25 AM   #214 
     - others may see it simply as mere opinion.  LanternWaste   Apr-21-08 12:54 PM   #72 
  - OK. But if you've ever read Dante  stanwyck   Apr-21-08 12:14 PM   #53 
  - Worry About Your Own Sin.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 01:07 PM   #77 
     - Ah, I knew it. I struck a nerve  stanwyck   Apr-21-08 03:02 PM   #97 
     - You Consider 7th Grade Higher Education? Sheesh. You Have Some Low Standards.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 04:34 PM   #123 
        - Yes, but in 7th grade, you were only reading  stanwyck   Apr-21-08 09:59 PM   #158 
     - Why?  girl gone mad   Apr-21-08 04:36 PM   #125 
        - .  fascisthunter   Apr-22-08 04:16 PM   #248 
  - I would question your assmption!  LongTomH   Apr-21-08 12:52 PM   #70 
  - None. Of. Your. Business.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-21-08 01:07 PM   #78 
  - You raise another question  lumberjack_jeff   Apr-21-08 03:54 PM   #110 
  - very nice home, I built my first two...  ileus   Apr-21-08 06:50 PM   #141 
  - As unpopular as this opinion seems to be, it's the right answer  TommyO   Apr-21-08 07:21 PM   #145 
  - I agree with your opinion  Kaleva   Apr-22-08 09:10 AM   #206 
  - the better question is WHY DO THEY WANT THEM  Skittles   Apr-22-08 02:53 AM   #179 
  - Because We're All Fucking Spoiled Rotten.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-22-08 11:51 AM   #219 
  - I Agree.  Rockholm   Apr-22-08 08:29 AM   #198 
  - Socialism is coming and it is because of people who think like you.  RadiationTherapy   Apr-22-08 11:36 AM   #217 
  - Okie Dokie Pokey!!!  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-22-08 11:52 AM   #220 
     - Oh, one of those condescending ones. Now I know.  RadiationTherapy   Apr-22-08 12:12 PM   #227 
        - Excuse Me? You Better Come At Me With Respect Son. I'm The King Of The Condescending Ones.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-22-08 12:17 PM   #229 
           - Socialism will come because people like you are more interested  RadiationTherapy   Apr-22-08 02:23 PM   #237 
              - Okie Dokie Pokey!!!  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-22-08 02:27 PM   #240 
  - Ahh, But You are Wrong. It's Everybody's Business  fascisthunter   Apr-22-08 11:53 AM   #221 
     - No It's Not. You Want It To Be, But It's Not. Sorry.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-22-08 12:16 PM   #228 
        - Yes It Is... You Live on the Same Planet as the Rest of Us  fascisthunter   Apr-22-08 02:13 PM   #236 
           - Psssssssttttt....... Got A Secret For Ya...  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-22-08 02:26 PM   #238 
              - Psssst... yes it is  fascisthunter   Apr-22-08 02:46 PM   #242 
                 - Psssssttttt..... Like, It Really Isn't.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-22-08 03:24 PM   #244 
                    - You Don't Have to Pretend to Know Something You Don't  fascisthunter   Apr-22-08 03:42 PM   #245 
                       - Yes! You're Absolutely Right!  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-22-08 03:53 PM   #246 
                          - I Knew I Hit a Nerve  fascisthunter   Apr-22-08 04:07 PM   #247 
                          - You Stub Your Toe Or Something?  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-22-08 06:22 PM   #251 
                             - No, I Told You Something You Didn't Want to Hear  fascisthunter   Apr-23-08 04:20 PM   #253 
                          - have you sought therapy yet?  datasuspect   Apr-26-08 08:01 AM   #261 
  - Profit margin  Warpy   Apr-21-08 11:30 AM   #2 
  - That's exactly the reason.  yardwork   Apr-21-08 12:49 PM   #65 
  - That's the reason. Exactly.  quantessd   Apr-21-08 03:21 PM   #100 
  - Even if the homeowner gets stiffed eventually when things go bad.  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 04:17 PM   #120 
     - They were a better deal for the builder than the buyer, I would guess.  quantessd   Apr-21-08 04:36 PM   #124 
     - The taxpayer is now going to get stiffed.  riverdeep   Apr-22-08 07:58 AM   #193 
  - This is the basic reason for big houses with dinky yards:  quantessd   Apr-21-08 04:37 PM   #126 
     - Good points, quantessd  Elspeth   Apr-22-08 11:14 AM   #212 
  - Because the Joneses have a 5,500 square foot home.  flvegan   Apr-21-08 11:30 AM   #3 
  - Exactly. The carbon footprint these MEGA-homes generate are obscene.  Xenotime   Apr-21-08 02:24 PM   #92 
  - I know, look at Al Gore & John Edwards  NewJeffCT   Apr-22-08 09:01 AM   #204 
  - In slight defense of "keeping up with the Joneses"...  bunkerbuster1   Apr-22-08 08:46 AM   #200 
  - Yes  TechBear_Seattle   Apr-21-08 11:30 AM   #5 
  - How else are they gonna show the world how much money they have?  Rob H.   Apr-21-08 11:30 AM   #6 
  - Come on, I bet at least two of those 8 bedrooms in that fun house . . .  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 11:33 AM   #14 
  - Because developers wanted to put as much house on a lot that they could  seemslikeadream   Apr-21-08 11:30 AM   #7 
  - I agree  Johonny   Apr-21-08 11:53 AM   #40 
     - But did you notice, that as sub-prime mortgages increased,  quantessd   Apr-21-08 11:46 PM   #170 
  - Its an excess and waste. Part of the old mentality.  dbonds   Apr-21-08 11:33 AM   #11 
  - Because they can be sold for most profit. Unless people stop buying them  thereismore   Apr-21-08 11:33 AM   #12 
  - That's what a lot of buyers/speculators were told.  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 11:42 AM   #29 
  - I was talking to somebody about that yesterday!  zanne   Apr-21-08 11:33 AM   #13 
  - And they squeeze these houses together like sardines.  gatorboy   Apr-21-08 11:40 AM   #28 
     - 'Outside'?  riverdeep   Apr-22-08 08:13 AM   #196 
  - My friend saw a Mc Mansion going up in smoke the other day  YOY   Apr-21-08 11:34 AM   #15 
  - How awful and sad!  yardwork   Apr-21-08 12:50 PM   #66 
  - For the record, 8 people were living in that house  theboss   Apr-21-08 04:24 PM   #122 
     - Ugh...looks like it.  YOY   Apr-22-08 08:08 AM   #195 
  - I imagine developers turn a larger profit on them, same way the auto companies  Winebrat   Apr-21-08 11:34 AM   #17 
  - they aren't all that big  hfojvt   Apr-21-08 11:34 AM   #18 
  - Hi hfojvt....  quantessd   Apr-22-08 12:28 AM   #173 
  - No idea. They must be a pain to clean.  IAmJacksSmirkingRevenge   Apr-21-08 11:36 AM   #19 
  - That's what I explained to the money guy when I inherited  Warpy   Apr-21-08 11:42 AM   #33 
     - Come ON!! Everyone needs a MUD Room!  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 11:54 AM   #42 
        - Actually, I'd love to have a mud room!  yardwork   Apr-21-08 12:54 PM   #73 
        - I couldn't take a photo of what would be called a "mud room" in my house . . .  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 01:07 PM   #76 
        - The entrance to the basement in the house I grew up in was a door set in the ground.  yardwork   Apr-21-08 03:46 PM   #106 
        - I've seen those in movies and wondered what that would be like.  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 04:15 PM   #119 
           - My mom doesn't lock her doors and nobody's ever thought of locking the cellar.  yardwork   Apr-21-08 04:48 PM   #128 
           - And an equally stong lock  TheCentepedeShoes   Apr-23-08 06:55 PM   #254 
        - We called it a landing  dmr   Apr-21-08 06:03 PM   #136 
        - Mud rooms were practical spaces, usually unheated and barely finished.  Gormy Cuss   Apr-21-08 05:09 PM   #129 
        - Whatever architect designed that abomination  Warpy   Apr-21-08 01:12 PM   #81 
  - The same reason people NEED to drive a Hummer ...  meegbear   Apr-21-08 11:37 AM   #20 
  - IMO, it comes with the devolution of the American family.  no_hypocrisy   Apr-21-08 11:38 AM   #22 
  - I know!!! I know!!!  Traveling_Home   Apr-21-08 11:39 AM   #24 
  - Gotta be the rethug voter "bigger is better" attitude.  KillCapitalism   Apr-21-08 11:42 AM   #30 
  - Because they're mindless keep-up-with-the-Joneses types  Lydia Leftcoast   Apr-21-08 11:42 AM   #32 
  - Except you really don't even see builders do anything less than 5000 Sq ft anymore.  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 11:52 AM   #38 
  - Try and find a builder that will build a small home.  Sentinel Chicken   Apr-21-08 11:51 AM   #37 
  - They don't. But, the market dictates what sells. And, that is changing  L. Coyote   Apr-21-08 11:54 AM   #41 
  - They don't need to be, but they can be  NoMoreMyths   Apr-21-08 11:59 AM   #44 
  - They don't NEED to be big. People want them big.  Fox Mulder   Apr-21-08 12:03 PM   #45 
  - Rec'd. I totally agree. I think one reason is that developers like to build bigger houses  raccoon   Apr-21-08 12:09 PM   #48 
  - usually they are as big as their egos  madrchsod   Apr-21-08 12:11 PM   #49 
  - Because the owners' penises are so small?  kestrel91316   Apr-21-08 12:12 PM   #50 
  - we used to have a 3500sf for just the three of us, the novelty wore off pretty soon. The  chimpsrsmarter   Apr-21-08 12:13 PM   #51 
  - Because the point of being American is to waste as many resources as possible  Oregonian   Apr-21-08 12:19 PM   #55 
  - All that shit they own needs a roof over it  sheeptramp   Apr-21-08 12:22 PM   #57 
  - Are you familiar with this piece of wisdom by George Carlin?  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Apr-21-08 10:51 PM   #165 
  - I hope they enjoy their utility bills.  High Plains   Apr-21-08 12:23 PM   #59 
  - I dunno, but I'd rather have 2000 sqft of quality than 5000 sqft of stucco crapola.  El Pinko   Apr-21-08 12:23 PM   #60 
  - Balsawood, brother . . . BALSAwood is the way to go!  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 12:47 PM   #64 
  - Because developers make a lot more money on big houses than small houses.  yardwork   Apr-21-08 12:47 PM   #63 
  - Gas and electric bills weren't high enough?  undeterred   Apr-21-08 12:51 PM   #67 
  - Increased price of lots these days has to have some effect  NNN0LHI   Apr-21-08 12:52 PM   #69 
  - Yes. thats a big part.  Tracer   Apr-21-08 01:15 PM   #82 
  - Their perception of what they need is as informed as yours, maybe moreso  Dreamer Tatum   Apr-21-08 01:08 PM   #79 
  - I watched one of those HGTV shows once and was flabbergasted.  knitter4democracy   Apr-21-08 01:30 PM   #83 
  - I watch House hunters alot  Miss Carly   Apr-21-08 02:06 PM   #89 
  - I could have..  girl gone mad   Apr-21-08 05:21 PM   #133 
  - I often wonder where those shows are filmed.  knitter4democracy   Apr-21-08 09:24 PM   #148 
  - I think it's in higher rent areas  Miss Carly   Apr-21-08 10:32 PM   #163 
  - I watch that show too.  Brigid   Apr-22-08 10:53 AM   #210 
  - That's nothing. I had a single friend with five cats who built a 10,000 sq. ft.  Lorien   Apr-21-08 06:53 PM   #143 
     - That's freakin' huge!  knitter4democracy   Apr-21-08 09:23 PM   #147 
        - And he never even had any parties  Lorien   Apr-21-08 10:23 PM   #162 
           - A huge house for a hermit?  knitter4democracy   Apr-22-08 01:28 PM   #233 
  - In a free country, citizens are free to make "bad" choices  maui9002   Apr-21-08 01:45 PM   #84 
  - heard from a (single) man  shanti   Apr-21-08 02:15 PM   #91 
  - ummmm... to house militia's when the people revolt?? (nt)  sunnystarr   Apr-21-08 03:21 PM   #99 
  - Because our society has conditioned us to believe  gateley   Apr-21-08 03:24 PM   #101 
  - The market might be there  treestar   Apr-21-08 03:26 PM   #102 
  - Do you think 44,000 sq ft is too big?  nichomachus   Apr-21-08 03:34 PM   #103 
  - Is it really 44,000 sq ft - not 4,400? Even 4,400 is huge.  yardwork   Apr-21-08 03:49 PM   #108 
     - If it was 4,400 I wouldn't even mention it -- they are so common around her  nichomachus   Apr-21-08 03:58 PM   #112 
        - It's like ancient Rome. A few people are obscenely rich  yardwork   Apr-21-08 04:45 PM   #127 
        - Holy crap! That's insane!  knitter4democracy   Apr-21-08 09:26 PM   #149 
        - 44,000 sq. ft. home & 205-ft. yacht?!?!  KillCapitalism   Apr-22-08 05:55 AM   #186 
  - the age of the "big" anything is over.  Javaman   Apr-21-08 03:35 PM   #104 
  - My call from my experience - I grew up in a very tiny home with an out house....  1776Forever   Apr-21-08 03:35 PM   #105 
  - I hope that you don't lose your home! You deserve it.  yardwork   Apr-21-08 03:48 PM   #107 
     - Thanks for the reply - it was heartfelt - Blessings  1776Forever   Apr-21-08 03:57 PM   #111 
        - What a beautiful picture! Thank you, and blessings to you.  yardwork   Apr-21-08 03:58 PM   #113 
  - because they can  LazyBones   Apr-21-08 03:52 PM   #109 
  - For all their stuff?  Ronnie   Apr-21-08 04:08 PM   #114 
  - Here's another question.  pnwmom   Apr-21-08 04:10 PM   #115 
  - when was a starter home $700K  LazyBones   Apr-21-08 04:12 PM   #116 
  - I don't think any house priced at $700 K would be considered a starter home.  pnwmom   Apr-21-08 04:15 PM   #118 
     - northeastern New Jersey, western CT and the Boston area, too  NewJeffCT   Apr-22-08 09:09 AM   #205 
  - A lot of people just aren't DIYers anymore.  HughBeaumont   Apr-22-08 06:39 AM   #189 
  - Probably the same people that wouldnt be caught dead in a...  superkia   Apr-21-08 04:23 PM   #121 
  - 4 rooms, 1 bath, cellar/garage, attic  kskiska   Apr-21-08 05:10 PM   #130 
  - Aside from the 1 bath, why not make a home like this?  HughBeaumont   Apr-22-08 06:45 AM   #190 
  - people would think that we have modest means if we lived in modest homes  notadmblnd   Apr-21-08 05:18 PM   #131 
  - Let's see, I live in one of these big homes......although there are a lot bigger ones available  new_beawr   Apr-21-08 05:21 PM   #132 
  - y u p p i e s  spanone   Apr-21-08 05:26 PM   #135 
  - because no one wants an old cramped dump....  ileus   Apr-21-08 06:36 PM   #137 
  - There are millions of properties between "cramped dump" and "monster  Lorien   Apr-21-08 07:00 PM   #144 
  - Right, because 2-story entryways and banquet-hall living rooms are SO necessary.  HughBeaumont   Apr-21-08 09:46 PM   #153 
  - Education does not equal income.  Dora   Apr-22-08 12:05 PM   #225 
  - My house was built in 1963 for a family that had three children at the time  slackmaster   Apr-21-08 06:53 PM   #142 
  - if you're talking about houses built in the 'burbs,  galledgoblin   Apr-21-08 07:24 PM   #146 
  - because peckers can be really small  burythehatchet   Apr-21-08 09:34 PM   #151 
  - I dont like my big house...my husband is a packrat.  OKthatsIT   Apr-21-08 09:39 PM   #152 
  - For the same reason they buy big SUVs I guess n/t  doc03   Apr-21-08 09:58 PM   #157 
  - I would love a 5k sq. ft home. I have 2 kids and would like a playroom, 2 guest rooms( have large  Pisces   Apr-21-08 09:59 PM   #159 
  - 5K? Really?  bunkerbuster1   Apr-22-08 08:48 AM   #201 
  - The home I grew up in  Kaleva   Apr-22-08 08:51 AM   #202 
  - We have almost all that with 1800 s.f.  knitter4democracy   Apr-22-08 01:31 PM   #234 
  - If people can afford big houses, who's to stop them.  ColbertWatcher   Apr-21-08 10:10 PM   #160 
  - We had a 6000 sq ft. home from 1988-94 in St. Joseph, MO.  mnhtnbb   Apr-21-08 10:11 PM   #161 
  - It's not so much 'big' as 'ugly' that bothers me  shrike   Apr-22-08 11:02 AM   #211 
  - I'm going to build as big a Al Gore  tomtomtom   Apr-21-08 11:02 PM   #166 
  - Good Point  jasonc   Apr-22-08 11:35 AM   #216 
  - Could you build me one too?  ItNerd4life   Apr-22-08 12:48 PM   #230 
  - it's the central lie of capitalism  leftofthedial   Apr-21-08 11:27 PM   #167 
  - I agree. And what a deadly lie it is.  Herdin_Cats   Apr-22-08 12:02 AM   #172 
  - Several reasons  DadOf2LittleAngels   Apr-21-08 11:40 PM   #169 
  - They need to be big to fit our big fat overfed asses.  Kurovski   Apr-21-08 11:48 PM   #171 
  - Zoning, property taxes, proximity to jobs, distance from urban crowding, fuel prices  Ellen Forradalom   Apr-22-08 12:36 AM   #174 
  - Speaking of which, I recently watched "The End of Suburbia" from our library . .  HughBeaumont   Apr-22-08 06:35 AM   #187 
  - Schools play a huge role.  bunkerbuster1   Apr-22-08 08:52 AM   #203 
     - That's a factor in selling the homes  Ellen Forradalom   Apr-22-08 10:46 AM   #208 
  - they don't  Skittles   Apr-22-08 02:52 AM   #178 
  - Might as well ask why yeasts in petri dishes won't stop growing...  depakid   Apr-22-08 05:37 AM   #185 
  - Given the choice, I'd rather have an Earth Ship. nt  Vinca   Apr-22-08 06:37 AM   #188 
  - My 195 year old 700 sq ft. house is awesome!!!!  Snarkturian Clone   Apr-22-08 07:44 AM   #191 
  - I used to live in a little 800 square foot cottage.  LWolf   Apr-22-08 08:20 AM   #197 
  - I prefer newer homes, but ours is not huge.  NewJeffCT   Apr-22-08 09:20 AM   #207 
  - I live in an older neighborhood.  Brigid   Apr-22-08 10:48 AM   #209 
  - That's another thing -  HughBeaumont   Apr-22-08 11:16 AM   #213 
     - I think the same damn thing sometimes.  RadiationTherapy   Apr-22-08 11:42 AM   #218 
  - If only rich men's penises weren't so small...n/t  librechik   Apr-22-08 11:29 AM   #215 
  - Yeah, 'cause God knows the women in the family  Codeine   Apr-22-08 12:06 PM   #226 
     - they want people to think their men have enough cash to make up for small penises too  librechik   Apr-22-08 01:37 PM   #235 
  - We resisted the "big, bigger, biggest" house thing THANK GOD!  K8-EEE   Apr-22-08 11:55 AM   #222 
  - I think McMansions are so ugly and a nightmare to heat, cool, clean...  K8-EEE   Apr-22-08 11:58 AM   #223 
  - 1500, yep thats fifteen hundred square feet here and I feel like I do live in a mansion  NNN0LHI   Apr-22-08 12:05 PM   #224 
  - I bought a 4 bedroom older home (built in 1951) for 108k.  HughBeaumont   Apr-22-08 02:39 PM   #241 
  - I've never been in this room...  ItNerd4life   Apr-22-08 12:50 PM   #231 
  - So is Al Gore stupid?  cynatnite   Apr-22-08 12:57 PM   #232 
  - People pass judgement most of the time they're awake.  HughBeaumont   Apr-22-08 02:27 PM   #239 
     - Sure, we have the right to bitch about the choices people make...  cynatnite   Apr-22-08 03:11 PM   #243 
  - Because People with Lots of Money Who Need to Flaunt It  fascisthunter   Apr-22-08 04:33 PM   #250 
  - My house was not that large like 6000sq foot  Maggie_May   Apr-22-08 06:36 PM   #252 
  - Pity more ramblers, et al, aren't to be found.  HypnoToad   Apr-23-08 06:56 PM   #255 
  - Houses are like boats. You always see a better one, and you are never happy!  B Calm   Apr-26-08 05:17 AM   #257 
  - HGTV. nt  tsuki   Apr-26-08 07:06 AM   #258 
  - Its a business, builders build what people will buy  MiniMe   Apr-26-08 07:40 AM   #259 
  - Bigger house = less grass to mow? n/t  Tejas   Apr-26-08 07:55 AM   #260 
 

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