May 11, 2006


Analysis finds boom in Hispanics' home buying (Haya El Nasser, 5/11/06USA TODAY)

Home buyers with names such as Rodriguez, Garcia and Hernandez bumped Brown, Miller and Davis down the list of most common buyers' names in 2005, reflecting Hispanics' rapid advance into the middle class.

A DataQuick Information Systems analysis of deeds and county assessment data shows a dramatic rise in the number of Hispanic and Asian home buyers since 2000.

Smith and Johnson remain the two most popular, but Rodriguez has replaced Brown in third. Four Hispanic names are in the top 10, compared with two in 2000.

Hispanic surnames made up 14.6% of all home buyers' names, up from 10.3% five years earlier. "The Latino population is really integrating into the middle class — and rapidly," says John Karevoll, analyst at DataQuick, a San Diego real estate information company that scoured public records in 37 states that accounted for 91% of the USA's real estate activity.

Asians also are bigger players. Nguyen, a common Vietnamese name, moved from 23rd to 14th.

Sadly, anti-immigrationism isn't about facts....

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 11, 2006 7:58 AM

Every decent person would support Hispanics who buy their homes legally, but what of the ones who don't register their deeds to avoid land transfer taxes or are a little casual about the income they declare on their mortgage application forms? Shouldn't they be herded up and expelled?

Posted by: Peter B at May 11, 2006 9:08 AM


If you start doing that to Hispanics, you'll have to do it to such illustrious tax-reformer-types as Doug Bruce here in CO. He wrote his TABOR amendment to specifically exclude real estate transfer taxes.

Guess what Doug Bruce does for a living?

Posted by: Brad S at May 11, 2006 10:20 AM

When I have that right in Mexico that they want here.....

Posted by: Sandy P at May 11, 2006 10:59 AM

Then Mexico will be as great a country as we are.

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2006 11:05 AM


Water assimilates with Whiskey. But you end up with watered down Whiskey.

Posted by: h-man at May 11, 2006 2:14 PM

The native water has never tainted the imported whiskey too much.

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2006 2:29 PM

I prefer 90 proof Americanism, to 80 proof.

BTW, is Argentina a better or worse country, due to the influence of ex-Nazis immigrating to the country, instead of an influx of Eastern European Jews? I say worse.

Posted by: h-man at May 11, 2006 3:01 PM


Yes, the immigrants are 100%. The dessicated natives are the diluting agent.

You point vis-a-vis Argentina is apt, they'd have done better to let in the "inferior" race than the Master.

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2006 3:11 PM

So you agree then that one can make value judgements as to the likelihood of different beneficial effects between groups.

Therefore we are finally in agreement on this subject. Don't bring it up again.

Posted by: h-man at May 11, 2006 3:44 PM


Of course I do--I'm a racist and a bigot too. I just disagree with you about which groups add value.

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2006 3:48 PM

No, you are not. Far, far from it. Don't talk that way, even for fun. This is the Internet.

Posted by: Peter B at May 11, 2006 7:21 PM


Why not? I'd not allow Frenchmen, atheists, homosexuals, Islamicists, communists, etc. in.

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2006 7:33 PM

Yes, you would, and you know it. Don't pull your rough, tough consevative act on me. I know you are a big immigration marshmellow.

Posted by: Peter B at May 11, 2006 7:52 PM

Well, of course I wouldn't do it personally, but I'd approve of making them pay coyotes to sneak them in.

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2006 8:00 PM

Now let's get serious here. If one looks at Jewish/Italian and even Chinese/ Japanese immigration from the past, one would have encountered doctrinaire socialist/ethnocentric impulses which would have, and were, seen as subversive. It was politically tough with no easy answers and not without genuine worries, but the solution came in the second or even the third generation, which shucked the historical hangups (not easy--think of the Irish). So it was, and so it will be. You know as well as I that if you encountered a boatload of gay, Islamicist Frenchmen yearning to be free, you would argue for their admittannce knowing that such drivel could't survive a generation in America. You would quite properly want the security services to have whatever resources they needed to ensure the subversion was restricted to Dad ranting around the dinner table, but otherwise it would be deja-vu all over again.

I repeat, don't talk that way. Your kids deserve to know how hard you have fought.

Posted by: Peter B at May 11, 2006 8:25 PM

Peter's just looking to offload Canada's superabundance of gay French Islamicists.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 11, 2006 11:13 PM

Dark socks and shorts wearing gay French Islamicists.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 11, 2006 11:15 PM

The worst kind.

Posted by: David Cohen at May 11, 2006 11:15 PM

Hey! Guess what Google returns first for "dark socks and shorts."

Posted by: David Cohen at May 11, 2006 11:18 PM

This debate is driven by fear and emotions not by facts.

Posted by: Latino Pundit at May 12, 2006 10:11 AM