Book Review: Freakonomics

Steven D. Levitt: Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

I finished this book a few weeks ago and it was hard to put down. For those of you that aren’t familiar, Steven Levitt is an economist that has a knack for looking at the world in a different way. He easily turns the conventional wisdom on its head on topics ranging from crime and abortion to the KKK and real estate agents. According to statistics, your child is 100 times safer in a house that has a gun in it, then a house with a swimming pool (that should make for some interesting conversation!)

Of interest to those in real estate, is a study that shows agents keep their personal homes on the market for an average of ten days longer and sell for 3 percent more then those they list for others.  Remember, you agent is just like everyone else, and usually has their own interests in mind (selling your house quickly at any price) before yours (selling your house for the most money).

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