Surrealism in SoCal Real Estate Markets

A piece in today’s L.A. Times describes some truly bizarre and surreal developments in the seriously struggling SoCal real estate market, including this:

For its Santa Clarita Milestone development, [one builder] hired actors to play house while prospective buyers toured the model home. The mom and dad, son and daughter celebrated a birthday with a party and interacted with one another, demonstrating what a wonderful life onlookers could have — if they just bought this house. Each actor wore a name tag identifying his or her role: “Hello, my name is Dad.”