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Old 03-24-2010, 07:48 PM   #21
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Where is Honobob when you really need him...
I'm not gonna go looking for him. It's nice to have a real estate discussion on this board without being lambasted as a clueless idiot outposted 2:1.


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Old 03-24-2010, 08:28 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by W2R View Post
Landover, your public profile says you live in Texas - - in addition to the chiggers, scorpions, snakes, and fire ants, property values just aren't skyrocketing like that in most parts of Texas. I would be skeptical of your neighbors' claims that their Texas property has risen by 5X in the past 7 years.
I moved to a developing country around 2.5 yrs back, I am talking about this country.

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Old 03-24-2010, 08:32 PM   #23
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I moved to a developing country around 2.5 yrs back, I am talking about this country.
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Speaking only for myself, but I found a great deal of inner peace and contentment when I stopped trying to keep up with the Joneses and started letting them "win." I suspect they'll be w*rking to pay off all their stuff long after I've retired.

There's something strangely liberating about the discovery that you can be happy with less stuff -- especially when you realize the true "cost" of all that stuff in terms of its demands on your time and your life.
Isn't comforting oneself with thoughts of how much longer the other guys are likely to have to work to pay for all their stuff just another form of "keeping up the Joneses"? But probably when I am retired and my former co-workers are still slogging away, I'll have to plead guilty to the same charge...
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Money 'only makes you happy if you have more than neighbours'.

Yes. Isn't that understood by most people here who are LBYM'ers? As millionaires-next-door, we secretly smile knowing that we have so much stashed away compared to our neighbors.

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I thinks the article states the obvious. One can only be "wealthy" if others are not...
Similarly, the Paradox of Thrift means that LBYM'ers get ahead financially only because other people are spendthrift. If everyone stopped spending, the economy would stop growing, and we as investors would not do as well.

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The key to happiness in this instance is not in distraction or suppressing the feelings, but understanding their roots.
Being an introvert, I spend a lot of time trying to understand myself. I then find out that self-understanding gives me empathy for others. We are more alike than we often care to admit.

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