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Old 02-20-08, 09:58 AM
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Used houses

After reading this thread, I thought: why are houses that aren't brand new called "existing" rather than "used"? Likewise, if someone buys an old house and fixes it up, it's called "flipped" and not "refurbished"? Does it make people feel better about buying a house that someone lived in, a la "passed away" instead of "died"?
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All the houses I buy are always new. Used houses are for cheap or poor people.
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I would guess that it is because of the lifespan of houses instead of most other items. I think the terms pre-existed marketing strategies.
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unlike cars, you can upgrade homes to the latest and greatest
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Old 02-20-08, 11:08 AM
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I've never heard someone refer to a house as 'existing' either.
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Originally Posted by starman9000
I've never heard someone refer to a house as 'existing' either.
Used all the time when talking about home-sales data. Widely used by government agencies, research companies, etc., to differentiate from newly built homes.
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I'm totally in love with my used home, minus the basement flooding.
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Originally Posted by starman9000
I've never heard someone refer to a house as 'existing' either.
Not even in an ontological sense?
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Old 02-20-08, 12:06 PM
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Not even in an ontological sense?

Not even then.


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Used all the time when talking about home-sales data. Widely used by government agencies, research companies, etc., to differentiate from newly built homes.

I'm sure it is, but as far as making people feel better about themselves, I don't think I've heard someone refer to it that way in conversation. (as in, I've never heard someone say "I just bought an existing house" or "I am looking to buy an existing house")
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I'd much rather buy a used home because most of the bugs will have been wrung out of it by the time you get it.
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I'd much rather buy a used home because most of the bugs will have been wrung out of it by the time you get it.
That's my thinking as well.
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Beats me. Why are used condoms called previously enjoyed?
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Problem with a Used house is trying to find parts.

You show me a 2x4 that actualy measures 2" by 4"
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so what? now a day people date/marry used men/women all the time...
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