The word carnival is devolved from Latin, carne vale, to bid farewell to meat. It refers of course to the French term Mardi gras, fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, when good Catholics were expected to either consume or dispose of any animal fats in their possession prior to the onset of Lent. Tomorrow we’ll devour the creams and cheeses. Today shall we feast on the red meat, the Carnival of Real Estate entries that best exemplify the standard of excellence to which every real estate weblog should aspire.
First, and by far best, is Bryan Tutas with The proof is in the puddin’ — Range Pricing part 1,275. Relevance and originality abound in this article, but the shear exuberance of the thing is what put it over the top.
Next comes Mike Simonsen from the Altos Research Real Estate Insights with Home Ownership and the Affordability Red Herring.
Dan Melson of Searchlight Crusade weighs in with Straw Buyer Fraud.
Jon Ernest, The Property Monger, is, as per usual, both factual and funny with Zillowblog sends some love to Boston Real Estate.
Greg Tracy from BlueRoof.com Blog brings us The Battle Between Appraisers and Everyone Else
Jay Thompson, The Phoenix Real Estate Guy, opines on The Ultimate Real Estate Portal.
And Dan Green from The Mortgage Reports Blog tells us that WaPo gets it all wrong about 30-year fixed rate mortgages.
The sequence from second to seventh implies nothing about quality. We felt Bryan Tutas was a cut above everything, but the next six are in a dead heat — but still much better than the next twelve, which in turn were much better than the remaining 24. But these seven are at the level of quality we all should be aiming for, in my opinion: topically relevant, important and fully developed, clear in meaning, purpose and direction, and possessed of that ineffable spark of stylistic genius that makes them not just readable but memorable.
So dig in to the red meat. Tomorrow the feast continues, and then Wednesday it’s sack cloth and ashes. Dominus vobiscum.