Rippped Off House Owners? Listen shorty, the only people being ripe off are the ones who bought homes they could afford. I bought a home about 6 years ago and as everyone elses houses dropped 40% and today it is about what I paid for it. I need a place to keep the weather off me and the family. Prices on homes are secondary to my existance. A couple in New York City claimed they were being ripe off and have been living in the house for 35 years. Now tell me, who's being ripe off?