Walkaways: the ‘opposite of simple’

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Last week I wrote about the consumer equivalent of dissociative personality disorder, how I'm seeing sane buyers and sellers, traumatized by the gyrations of the recent real estate market, split into multiple personalities. On reflection, I think that column was more than a bit autobiographical. I feel split, too -- between the in-the-trenches personal details of my clients' individual situations and transactions and the flyover view of consumer questions I receive in my columnist/writer work. Half the time, I see what clients want and need from the very narrow viewpoint of my buyers and homeowners, my area, and so forth. But that view zooms out to a national perspective, and includes buyers, sellers, etc., when I look at reader e-mails. But these days, my two personalities have been reunited in a common theme: the walkaway. And what a touchy subject it is. Occasionally, I get irate e-mails from homeowners raging about how their neighbors who have walked away from their ho...