Cool little US map with data points - give me a map AND numbers and I'm good for at least an hour: Economic Pain - State by State
California is #1 in budget deficit, #2 in unemployment, and #4 in foreclosures. The foreclosure number is surprising (3.9%), we are well below Florida and Nevada - so I am breathing a wee sigh of relief that maybe the real estate bleeding is starting to slow. There are lots of other states very close to our percentage like Ohio, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Maine.
Overall, though, I'd say California and Florida are probably tied for #1 as far as overall economic crappiness.
In other news, I thought that my old neighbors hadn't sold their house, but I was wrong! They did - we have new neighbors. I haven't yet knocked on their door, but I really need to this week, if I don't run into them outside. They have the cutest bloodhound (I spied from my bedroom window) and, looks like, another little dog. More barking company for fuzzy Nikki! I am itching to find out what it sold for, but I'm sure it'll take a few weeks before Zillow gets the information from the county. I am hoping it's good because whatever it sold for, we can expect to get the same amount (once we finish the remodel), easily. It's 200 square feet smaller than ours and our kitchen is way better. Hoping for 400K - that would loosen my vise-grip of home-value worry. Anything to shrink the hole we are in - instead of 70K we'll only be 40-50k underwater!
Gotta find the silver lining, even if it's a bit tarnished.