To commute or not….
May 4, 2010

Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth – Work Closer. Live More.

In a recent New Yorker blog post it was stated that “Roughly one out of every six American workers commutes more than forty-five minutes, each way. People travel between counties the way they used to travel between neighborhoods. The number of commuters who travel ninety minutes or more each way—known to the Census Bureau as “extreme commuters”—has reached 3.5 million, almost double the number in 1990. They’re the fastest-growing category, the vanguard in a land of stagnant wages, low interest rates, and ever-radiating sprawl. They’re the talk-radio listeners, billboard glimpsers, gas guzzlers, and swing voters, and they don’t—can’t—watch the evening news. Some take on long commutes by choice, and some out of necessity, although the difference between one and the other can be hard to discern. A commute is a distillation of a life’s main ingredients, a product of fundamental values and choices. And time is the vital currency: how much of it you spend—and how you spend it—reveals a great deal about how much you think it is worth… People may endure miserable commutes out of an inability to weigh their general well-being against quantifiable material gains”

Whether or not we choose to endure miserable commutes is inconsequential. The bottom line is that too many people spend too much of their precious time commuting to work. At Commuter Swap, we have a better alternative. Instead of breathing in exhaust fumes, eating meals on the go and severely limiting your free time, why not swap your home with another homeowner closer to your workplace? Save time, money and the environment, but most importantly your sanity.

source: The New Yorker –


The Housing Market Continues its Decline
March 6, 2010

Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy – Work Closer. Live More

“As the overall economy improves and the employment situation grows a little less dire, the question becomes whether real estate can muddle through — or if it will need a new round of government support to ward off another damaging downturn.

There are plenty of reasons for worry. The Obama administration’s effort to compel lenders and servicers to modify loans has not been a success. Many of these owners will eventually lose their homes to foreclosure.

Meanwhile, a quarter of homeowners with mortgages owe more than their houses are worth. If prices start dropping again, some will be induced to walk away, further undermining the market.”

The housing market is still in retreat with no signs of recovery. If you need to relocate, but you’re unable to sell your home, swap it instead with Commuter Swap. Just because your stuck with you home, doesn’t mean that you’re stuck in your home.

source: The NY Times –