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Don’t be fooled or misled by sugar-coated myths and propaganda crafted by people who make hundreds of millions of dollars selling houses.  Don’t believe the hype about houses being “good investments.”  Don’t risk your financial future for the next few decades based on false beliefs. Don’t buy a house unless you’ve read this book.

“In addition to this irreverent book’s supply of surprising and disturbing facts about the real costs of financing a house, the snarky attitude and quirky humor will make you smile.  Open House: Debunking the Myth of the Happy Homeowner is full of  information that could help save you hundreds of thousands of dollars and stories funny enough that you’ll want to share them with friends.

Renting?  Enjoy the schadenfreude of validating your good choices.

Own a house?  Learn ways to save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Thinking of buying a house?  Oh boy…you have to read this book.”

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Excerpts from Open House: Debunking the Myth of the Happy Homeowner
  • If you live in a house for five years, pay astounding amounts in mortgage principle, interest, taxes, PMI, repairs, maintenance, house insurance and other costs and fees and expenses, and then have to sell for some reason, it is almost certain the real estate broker will get more money from the sale than you will.”
  • “Houses are not investments: they are just very expensive consumer products. They deteriorate, go out of style, and often lose value.”
  • “You do, of course, have rights and freedoms. You have the right and freedom –for example– to enter into contracts and so to sign away your other rights and freedoms. Which, if you’re a house owner, you already did.”
  • “Like failed middle-school science experiments, houses begin to fall apart even before they are finished. “
  • What in the ever-loving hell is a “Document Preparation Fee?”  You mean to tell me that the mortgage company that is charging $142,000 in interest for a $200,000 house can’t even fill out the necessary paperwork?  Don’t they close mortgage sales all the time? Why is preparing documents some sort of shock for them?”
  • “Think of a “starter house” as a big expensive wooden oxymoron, standing for everything stupid, costly and disingenuous about the entire house pushing industry. Like a “savings account” you pay for, or “clear skies” legislation that encourages pollution, or “a little pregnant.”  Same difference.”
  • “Land means many things.  Land is dirt.  That means filth, dust, mud, weeds, lawn care, rodents, insects, sidewalks, driveways, curbs, trees, fences, encroaching animals, landscaping, and a myriad of other problems too overwhelming to list in one sentence.  Your little piece of the pie.”
  • Ebook. 162 pages, 8.5 x 11
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  • Open House: Debunking the Myth of the Happy Homeowner   by Jesse Green
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on December 29, 2015
I wish I had this book before I purchased my first home. Before going into the adventure of home owning you owe it to yourself to read this book based on practical, first hand experience about the range of pitfalls, unexpected expenses, maintenance, and a million things you’ll never think of before buying.
A first rate and up to date manual for all potential homeowners.
on December 29, 2015
Very funny, and full of great information!
on December 28, 2015
This contains quite a lot of financial information that isnt really discussed as much as it should be. Considering the subject is one that for most people is the single largest purchase they will ever make this should be common teaching in high schools across the nation.
Its well written and laid out with supporting math and examples throughout the book. It addresses common misconceptions and lesser known information (but extremely valuable) of the finical aspect that goes with looking for, buying and maintaining a house.
on December 28, 2015
Funny read on buying a house and the pitfalls that can come with it. I enjoyed all of the stories.
on December 27, 2015
Well written, funny, and full of facts I never thought about before I bought my first house. Definitely a book I’m passing on to my children before they think about buying a house.

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