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FLASHBACK All Saints’ Day debate: Should sellers bury St. Joseph statues?

It’s All Saint’s Day 2011 and my thoughts have turned once again to the practice of burying St. Joseph statues upside down.  Unbelievable as it may seem, an article on same subject was the most forwarded link in the Wall

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Endangered species protection act?

This Sunday an article by Stephen J. Dubner and economist Steven D. Levitt, controversial authors of Freakonomics, was published in the New York Times and Boston Globe (which is owned by the Times) under separate headlines.  The Times used the hard-hitting headline "Endangered Species" while the Globe used a softer, almost apologetic headline, "If real estate is prospering, chances are your agent isn’t:  Most realtors don’t make much money in a boom." 

The editing didn’t end there, though.  Four sentences, the first of which points to the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against the industry, were deleted from the Globe article:

"More often than not, agents are portrayed as hustlers or sharks,
unimaginative opportunists who, for not all that much effort, pocket a
significant chunk of the sale price of your home."

"Most real-estate agents seem to spend 95 percent of their energy
chasing clients (for which they are paid nothing) and 5 percent
actually serving them (for which they are paid way too much)."

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Sprawl Kills – the book – by Joel S. Hirschhorn

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