Strange human behavior - Makes you shake your head in wonder

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Last night my neighbor came by to visit and got to talking about why some people move into communities that they simply don't like. We have another neighbor, and she's a prime example. She says she "Hates Idaho" but she doesn't move away.

Of course, that could be because she has a ridiculously high price on her home and has been trying for ten years to sell it as a FSBO - she wouldn't want to give any money to one of those darned real estate people!

Still - if I hated it as much as she claims to, I'd find a tenant or leave it vacant. I sure wouldn't stick around.

That reminded my neighbor of a story that happened down in Salmon, Idaho about ten or twelve years ago, when he was teaching in Idaho Falls.

A woman and her son moved to Salmon, bought a home, and enrolled the son in school. And then the battle began... She was horrified that the name of the High School athletic teams was "Salmon Savages." Their logo/mascot was an Indian Chief in full head-dress. According to the woman, her son was humiliated by attending a school that was so racist and unfeeling as to have such a name and mascot.

She hired a lawyer and got civil rights groups involved - and caused quite a commotion in the community. Byron said the letters to the editor at the Idaho Falls Register were simply flying, with people on both sides becoming more and more angry.

I checked a few minutes ago. The teams are still called the Savages, but their logo/mascot now is an Appaloosa Horse.

Maybe that woman should have checked before she came to town... and made sure she wasn't going to be offended.

Why do they buy where they hate the situation?

Byron's story reminded me of the people who buy a home near an airport and scream about the noise. Or the ones who buy on the Rathdrum prairie and try to stop the farmers from burning the grass fields every fall.

It also reminded me about a would-be buyer I had many years ago.

I had listed a small home in a rural subdivision. A customer came in with very little money - and seemed like he might be a good match for this low-down, owner-carry property - so I told him about it. He wanted to know everything, so I gave him a copy of the CC&Rs. He said he didn't want to see the home yet.

In truth, he didn't want to see it with an agent. So he drove around, checking out all the neighbors, then went to the door and told the tenants that I said he could come and look at the house. (You can imagine the angry phone call I got for THAT.)

When he returned to the office, he was ready to make an offer, but he talked too much. chickens

He had read the CC&R's, and he had seen that many of the neighbors were violating them by having chickens and pigs.

His plan was to buy the house and start suing the seller and the neighbors for enough money to pay off his house and put some money in his pocket!

My broker took care of it - he came in and started talking about how the well might be no good, the property lines were uncertain, the neighbors weren't very careful with target shooting... and a whole lot of other buyer beware warnings.

All of a sudden the man jumped from the chair, shouted "You're scaring the hell out of me!" and actually ran out the door.

My broker brushed his hands off and said "That takes care of him."

The funny thing is, years later that guy and his wife were still living in town with his mother.

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Rainmaker
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Steven Wright
Home Real Estate - Aurora, CO
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It is amazing what people will do to try to make a buck.  Check the area and if you don't like what

the area has to offer, then go somewhere else.  Just realize, nothing is perfect and you won't always

find everything just the way you want.  Some people just don't know how to compromise.

Apr 10, 2011 07:30 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Steven - How true. And some just don't want to compromise! I'll never forget that big fat man running out of our office - long dirty hair flying behind him.

Apr 10, 2011 08:54 PM #2
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Phil Leng
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Hi Marte,

I have to admit - you are a good writer.

I started the post thinking - WAY too much copy. No pictures.

By the time I got to the chicken, I was hooked.

Thanks

PHil

Apr 11, 2011 01:12 AM #3
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Billi Evans
Murney Associates - Springfield, MO

There is a woman that has moved to this area from California that moved there from Arizona from...you get the oint and has sued every seller and agent that she has encountered. It is her job. Aha! I think I will blog about it. Thanks.

Apr 11, 2011 03:48 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

It is shocking how some people think.  I love the story about how your broker took care of that buyer!  :-)

Apr 11, 2011 05:08 AM #5
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That's a funny story.  I will never understand why peole will willing move themselves into neighborhoods that they clearly are going to hate.  Like there's a very strict HOA and they hate HOA's because they don't see the harm of a broken down car on the front lawn on cinder blocks. 

Apr 11, 2011 05:16 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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OK - What's going on here? This is the second time that I've commented back  - and come back later to find my comments aren't here.

Is there a glitch in Active Rain - or a glitch in my Wild Blue connection? My tweets aren't going through consistently the last few days, either. Can that be explained by the "bounce back" from the satellite? I'm far too technically ignorant to know the answer to that.

Anyway, I appreciate the comments - and the compliment from Phil!

Billi - Too bad it's unsafe from a legal standpoint - it would be a blessing to Realtors across the U.S. if you were able to publish that woman's name, along with a huge "Beware!" note. That's terrible - but I've known other professional "suers" as well. Folks who collected medical disability for non-injuries most of their adult lives.

Donna - My broker was quite a guy. An intimidating presence at 6'8" and 500# - and then he'd start to talk. Interestingly, he could also talk people into things, and did.

Chris Ann - Makes you wonder if they have some kind of hidden desire for suffering - or if they just want an excuse to whine, complain, and try to make other people miserable.

 

Apr 11, 2011 05:43 PM #7
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I haven't had any problems with missing comments.  Wow, your broker was a BIG man!  Yikes!

Apr 13, 2011 08:30 AM #8
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Marte Cliff
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Donna - My missing comments probably has to do with my Internet connection. These satellite connections can cause all kinds of trouble - but it's still better than dial-up on ancient, many times patched phone lines, which is my alternative. (The price I pay for living in the woods.)

Yes, my broker was (still is) a big guy. His wife told me he weighed 400+ pounds when he was young and in "wrestling condition." If you didn't know he had a heart made of marshmallows he could be quite intimidating.

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