For whom the Toll bells

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by stock777, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. That housing speculation should be illegal. It's no different than allowing speculation on milk or fresh water.

    All the specs did was force buyers to overpay, and line the pockets of the builders.

    Toll Brothers Inc. (TOL) Chief Executive Robert Toll said Thursday the company is seeing record cancellations now in part because its backlog stretched out beyond 12 months during the boom years when the company was selling a high volume of homes.

    As a result, speculative buyers are now walking away and giving up their deposit as the home comes to completion. At a UBS-sponsored investment conference, he said buyer confidence has declined with many "waiting for someone to tell them the housing market has bottomed."
  2. Why should any speculation be illegal, especially housing? If speculators didn't build apartments and low income housing, where would much of the middle class live?

    There are always going to be some who have good timing, and some who have horrible timing (like now for house "flippers"). I think the marketplace will take care of itself without further governmental intervention.

  3. Ya wanna gamble? Go to vegas, or trade stocks.

    The specs in housing force legitimate buyers to overpay.

    I know this is over the heads of most here, but I offer this wisdom as a gesture of kindness.
  4. Yeah, wisdom... I was gonna say that.