Linkage: The Dude is selling his house (no word if it comes with the rug or not)

Today’s Linkage is all about cool data you can cite to sound smart to your friends at the bar (or hopefully in the sun!) this weekend.

Some key stats:

– Homebuyers took out $344 billion in mortgages last quarter

– Less than 50% of homebuyers say tax reform has affected their home search

– There were the same number of homes sold in 2018 as in 1998, and there were 50m fewer people in the U.S. in ’98

And for other bar or barbecue conversation starters, you can buy the real Lebowski’s home in Santa Barbara for a cool $8m, or you can roll your eyes at Nike’s bitcoin shoe trademark.

Enjoy the weekend.