Thursday, 17 February 2011

Real Estate Tip

I would like to share with you an excerpt from Cory Doctorow’s novella, Chicken Little. It takes place when the story's male hero is trying to sell the apartment he bought just a year ago; his female real estate agent just told him she expects it would sell for less than what he paid for.
We start off with his reaction to the news:
"It's just that --" He dropped his voice, striving to keep any kind of whine out of it. "Well, I'd hoped to make something in the bargain."

"For what?" she said, softly.

"You know, appreciation. Property goes up."

"Did you do anything to the place that made it better?"

He shook his head.

"So you did no productive labor but you wanted to get paid anyway, right? Have you thought about what would happen to society if we rewarded people for owning things instead of doing things?"
Let that be a lesson to all Australians.

Cory Doctorow publishes all his work under Creative Commons licenses that allow me to freely quote him here. You can find his full work here. And yes, I love Cory Doctorow; so much so that I nominated the above story as well as his book For the Win to this year’s Hugo awards.

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