We have an opportunity with this blog, should we choose it. I've long since given this place up as my own little recording of a house buying journey to the collective voice it may represent, but more importantly, to the collective intelligence it definitely does represent.
NeedsAnalysis made a suggestion to me last week: "why not use the collective knowledge shared at HHV to help readers improve their financial well being?"
Should this blog evolve into being more than tongue in cheek commentary on the MSM/industry marketing speak and stats analysis? If it is, I will need the help of readers. I won't claim to have a wealth of knowledge to draw from, but that reminds me of the days I started writing here.
So here's my proposal: we'll tackle a topic a week or so, basic financial stuff, taxes, calculations, money management, budgeting etc; essentially all the boring stuff we don't talk about at dinner. I hesitate to discuss particular investments, but we could probably talk asset classes.
Of course, we will still talk real estate. What say you readers? You game? Willing to contribute like Reid has? Please leave your thoughts in comments. I'll keep this thread going for a couple of days, then hit the first topic after a bit of research: the time value of money. I'll need suggestions for future topics, but I'd encourage you to consider contributing--I've learned a lot during research for writing here, I bet you will too.
My sincere hope for this shift is a positive one: I've learned a ton from the regular participants here, I think there is a wealth of financial knowledge to be gained, I really hope you will continue to contribute your experiences, knowledge and ideas.
If we do go down this path, should the name of the blog change to better represent the discussion here? If so, I'm keen to hear your suggested names.