1. Sorry, Howard is a scripted show. Who is this "everyone" you refer to? :-) [This reminds me, painfully, of an exchange with my father when I was about 16. Dad: "Where are you going?" Me: "There's a party at Billy's house." Dad: "You aren't going." Me: "But Dad, everyone is going." Dad: "No. You are a part of everyone and you are not going." :-) ]
2. The belief I was referring to was the one you mention in you final paragraph, that none of these properties would become available elsewhere. I'd take that bet (and yes I realize this is all moot now).
3. I would never ever question beliefs coming from your soul.