Following the Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents panel at Suffolk University Thursday morning, Sooz and I went to a nearby Starbucks to go over the conversations we recorded with some leading buyers agents in Boston. As we were getting settled, a woman overheard our discussion and jumped in. She described lessons learned over last two real estate cycles: first losing money (at least on paper) on a starter condo purchased at the top of the bubble in Philadelphia in the mid-1980’s; then purchasing another home at the bottom of the last cycle; and utimately hitting the real estate jackpot in Altantic City. She and her husband are once again timing the market before making their next move. When asked what advice to she would give to buyers thinking about buying now, she drew from her experience of loss in the mid-1980’s. It’s a perspective some real estate bubble observers say is too seldom heard in the press today. We invite you to listen in to our conversation at Starbucks.
Stay tuned for podcasts from the MABA panel on "Consumer Protection & Home Buying"
Listen: Real Estate Bubble Audio Time Capsule #2 (MP3, 7 minutes, 3.2M)
Date Recorded: 2 June 2005
Subject: Lessons learned from riding two real estate cycles
Featuring: Bill Wendel (Real Estate Cafe) and guest Judy, a homeowner from Atlantic City, NJ
Location: Starbucks on School Street in downtown Boston