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Feb 26, 2014 6:02PM
What a crock! I spent a third of my life serving my country only to end up in hurricane country living in a trailer. We have to fight for everything. I can't afford teeth much less a get away home.
Sep 27, 2011 6:04AM

"Week-end Home"  Who wrote this silly article?  At 71 years old I was downsized from my Real Estate Association here in California in 2008, my unemployment has run out, I am quite able to work and I interview frequently until I have to show my ID and the minute the interviewer sees

December 24, 1939, I go off the short list and on to the "we are still interviewing and will call you list".  Second Home...........I am trying to keep the first roof over my head. 

Who ever wrote this artlcle is really out of touch with reality.  The reality of life now in America is.................we are in deep trouble!

Jul 19, 2011 11:30AM

It appears to me that these listings are for folks looking to buy a vacation home.

I don't understand why those who are not in the market to pruchase one nor can afford their primary home would be reviewing the "For Sale Ads"

May 20, 2011 7:01AM
I clicked on the video for weird houses and was greatly disappointed when not one of the houses shown was in the United States.  There's many weird and wonderful houses here in this country.  How about the Sarah Winchester house out in California, a cave house down in Missouri, a flying saucer house here in Wisconsin.  Another one in Wisconsin, but all made up with attracting tourists in many different ways is the House on the Rock.  There are tree houses, and many other weird houses around this country.  Come on, talk about these things in this country for a change.
May 20, 2011 6:39AM
Are you kidding me?  $200,000.00 is considered cheap for a "getaway cabin"?  The house I live in doesn't cost that much!  What exactly is considered "well-to-do"?  In my humble opinion if you can afford a "getaway cabin" that costs around $200,000.00 you are indeed "well-to-do"!
May 20, 2011 5:17AM
Good golly!!! Cheap getaways for who? I was expecting $50K not $200K...
May 19, 2011 9:38PM
Honey, if you can afford a "getaway" home you ARE the "well-to-do."  Someone is just a little out of touch with this article.
Are these people on drugs? Most people can't afford $200.000 for a first home!
May 19, 2011 8:05PM
@Guammie...thanks brother as an Air Force guy ...been to your lovely island home and enjoyed all it's hospitality....shame about the state of  " OUR NATION " !
May 19, 2011 7:31PM
   And I thought living in my truck at the age of 56 ,and not being abel to get o job because I don 't speek spanish was bad enough . I guess I should go to my bank and get a loan.  
May 19, 2011 5:49PM
May 19, 2011 4:21PM
Folks, I'm absolutely disgusted with this article ! Week end homes for less than 200K ? Right now I'm thinking of ways to develop " SHELTERS " where people can live full time out of the weather...one idea is to use 3 shipping containers in a simple " H " configuration . The way homes are constructed these days, a shipping container will out live them anyway ! I know it sounds far fetched, but people in Europe are using any and all means to find economical homes. Not a very pretty sight but, with a little bit of paint and elbow grease the 'ol American household will shine in a new insulated shipping container... ( tongue in cheek )..GOD HELP AMERICA ! Anyone with any ideas on how to make this happen, please contact me no joke folks we have a serious problem on our hands.
May 19, 2011 3:44PM

@ VETTEGURU....took the words right out of my mouth, word for word !

May 19, 2011 3:32PM

Gee my house is only worth 110.000.

May 19, 2011 2:09PM

While we worked we did without many things so that we could buy a house and enjoy a little more comfortable living. This was our goal, but the upkeep of a house is costly unless you want to run it down. Now that we are retired and have a house that's paid off the real estate taxes (up 18%), electrictricity (up12%), water bill (up 24% and rising), gas for the car (at 4.27 a gallon) and of course food (has risen) just to name a few items that we must have to live. It's a good thing that we do not smoke. When will our politicians do something for the people. The banks helped out by giving loans to people who can not afford them.....who do you think is paying for that, so our government bails them our and stops Social Security increases for two years and maybe more.

May 19, 2011 1:35PM
I enjoyed the article.  Some people had better since than to mortgage our homes at 125% even if the banks said we could.  Some of us never let our wants outweigh our income.  And some of us have saved our money and done without frivolous things for YEARS with the knowledge that one day the bottom could drop out.  Those of us who have been frugal and cautious all of our lives, eaten tuna and top ramen noodles ... we may just be able to buy our vacation home. 
May 19, 2011 1:27PM

I agree.  However, if you are wondering why this article is posted, check out the sponsor: Bank of America!


Guess they have a few properties they want to unload or they just want to stir the pot to keep those loan origination fees flowing their way!

May 19, 2011 1:24PM
Homes that won't break the bank? Really!? What a crock! The average person in the US makes $45k a year. The average home that the average American owns a home less than $200k. Now, you are talking about afordable weekend homes that are under $200k? Where I come from, that is a primary home. Way to go MSN! Thank you for making the mid-income American feel like crap. As if the rich are the only ones that matter in this country anymore. Geeesh, talking about afordable weekend homes, during a recession when thousands of families are losing their homes. Real brilliant!
May 19, 2011 1:17PM
When I am having problems keeping my primary home of $ 200k I really feel it ridiculous that we are being told about a "vacation" home that won't break the budget at $ 200k. MOST of America is in a recession. Glad you can afford a "weekend home" for under $ 200.  Geeeesch!! I got downsized from a corporate position to a Part-time -management position at a retail shop near my house to have ANY kind of income and you want to talk about how I can afford a second house! Have you read the papers lately!?!
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