About half the houses in my neighborhood are empty. Well, it’s actually more like 20%, but it seems like half. So what could make owning a home in Yucca Valley even less appealing?
A zombie apocalypse? No, that’s so 2010.
Roving packs of bloodthirsty hyenas? Nah!
I know! How about a nice dose of Xylella fastidiosa? That’s the ticket!
You start with oleander shrubbery that looks like this:
Then you give them the infection. That will give you bushes that look like this:
Now repeat about 30 or 40 times, all around your backyard:
Well this stinks: “Existing home sales tumble 9.6%.” And you’ll never guess what kind of news this is:
“The report was worse than economists had expected.” A whole lot of bad news has snuck up on economists over the past couple of years. It’s almost like they can’t see what everyone else is pretty clear about.