Tuesday, March 4, 2008

What if all houses were free?

Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business

Between digital economics and the wholesale embrace of King's Gillette's experiment in price shifting, we are entering an era when free will be seen as the norm, not an anomaly. How big a deal is that? Well, consider this analogy: In 1954, at the dawn of nuclear power, Lewis Strauss, head of the Atomic Energy Commission, promised that we were entering an age when electricity would be "too cheap to meter." Needless to say, that didn't happen, mostly because the risks of nuclear energy hugely increased its costs. But what if he'd been right? What if electricity had in fact become virtually free?The answer is that everything electricity touched — which is to say just about everything — would have been transformed.

Now how about if houses were "free"

Posted by lvmreader @ 03:22 AM (666 views)
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4 thoughts on “What if all houses were free?

  • “Freemium” – I love it 🙂 Interesting article, but as many of us know, there is no such thing as a free lunch. What is free to one agent is a cost to another. In terms of the housing market the obvious conclusion is that you cannot build a decent home for free and still make a unit profit if nothing else is generating revenue or benefit for the seller. Free can therefore only be part of a wider pricing strategy. The article clearly describes this. All free home offers and auctions we’ve heard about recently are headline catching. And of course the likes of Barratt would probably love to use the word “Free” more often in their desperate attempt to offload their new build. But many of us know that free homes remain a myth and are not economically sustainable for any player. Nice thought though. Having said this, we could derive some free benefit by using some new vocabulary in this blog. After reading the latest Case-Shiller home price index this week I conclude the U.S. housing market is in freemium fall…

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  • European-bear says:

    In some suburbs of Detroit, houses are now going for $100 …effectively free!

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  • If this were true it would be like on Star Trek which wood b ded gud!

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  • If you know your Star Trek history then this only happens after 600 million people have died in a nuclear third world war…

    Probably not that good!

    A million sad points to me!

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