Is it just me, or has fighting in GE gotten tougher? I don't have any hard data other than numerous complaints from my guild mates.
On a granular level, those houses can be offered to the Antiques Dealer for trade coins to buy more valuable items.They really need to get rid of the residential buildings for the gold chest, getting a framed house really sucks for the gold chest.
Making the antique dealer the GE prize buff I've certainly contemplated running my Temple further in order to be able to get more quality fodder for the antique dealer (no shortage of crappy stuff I could sell it, but that's kinda a waste of effort and some of the other good stuff I could sell it I'm not sure if I should want to - i.e. SoK level 2 is coming up soon potentially via beta spoilers, maybe I *don't* want to dump my SoKs to the antique dealer).GE prizes were pretty good at the time GE was rolled out, but I completely agree they've grown much less appealing with subsequent changes to the game.
Example: Tribal Squares. I used to love them, but not only could I not tell you the last time I actually placed one but I'm pretty sure I've sold them all via the Antiques Dealer.