roller-coaster ride

Fujibei

Senior Member
Japanese
A paper headline says The Roller-coaster Ride Called a Short Sale and the article goes on as follows:
WITH property values down by as much as 30 percent in New York City, some homeowners who bought at the height of the market are finding themselves underwater and are being forced to sell their homes in short sales.
Why is a short sale called the roller-coaster ride?
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    I think the writer uses the image of a roller coaster to tell us that the homeowners bought their houses when prices were high. This is like being on the top of a hill in a roller coaster. When they have to sell their houses for less than they paid, they are at the bottom of a valley in their roller coaster. So, the images reminds us that prices rise and plunge, just as roller coasters do.
     
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