The Zillow and Trulia real estate sales sites are two of my favorite websites.
One thing I’ve learned: If you’re an amateur home buyer with no interest in getting a house with all of the drywall knocked out, look only at entries for homes with at least one photo of the interior.
The homes with just one exterior shot on display are probably in the “bank-owned property” or “real estate owned by lender” (REO) category, which means, in some cases, in my area, that an angry person may be busy smashing all accessible porcelain and taking out all of the copper wiring.
The weeds in the cracks in the stoop symbolize the creepy, gaping holes in the interior drywall.
Of course: Many seemingly respectable employers have come to be the hollowed out equivalent of an REO house. Maybe they’re owned by decaying ESOPs, or they’re public companies managed by executives who will beat the earnings forecast this quarter, then make off to the wilds of North Korea a day or two before the SEC invites the company to consider restating the earnings.
Those employers have axed all of the employees whose presence gave colleagues the physical ability to take vacations, or get checkups. The employers’ idea of promoting good nutrition is to offer a few packets of sucralose sweetener in the coffee room along with the cane sugar and the transfat creamer containers.
Every few months, an employee (surprise!) suffers a disabling heart attack or brain hemorrhage.