Thursday, April 28, 2011

Buy A Home- Get A Free Car

Everyone knows the real estate market, along with the economy, is in the dumps right now. But one Chicago builder has found a way to move his inventory of homes; by giving a free car with purchase. The New York Times has the story.

While the home buyers in that community are loving that deal, others are calling it a way to promote urban sprawl and criticizing the builder for creating 'life-draining commutes.' Here's an article from Grist that references the 'empty, angry hours spent on the road and in traffic.'

So what's your take on this? If you were looking for a home, would you buy one far from home because a car was being thrown in?


Anonymous said...

No way. I love my 3 mile commute by bike.

SRTC Staff said...

That's a quick commute on a bike too. Three miles on a bike or 50 miles in a car... yep, biking is way quicker.

vanillajane said...

mmmmm.... no. I want to buy a home next to the action and not own a car. That is a tough one at this point in my life, though...

SRTC Staff said...

There are a lot of variables that play into being car-free and not everyone can pull it off. At least not at certain points in their lives. I suggest a rickshaw to carry the kids and all their stuff though.

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