Why Are Some Homeowners Arrogant About Building Codes

Real Estate Agent with RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate
Why Are Some Homeowners Arrogant About Building Codes
This is another classic story where a waterfront homeowner who was building a home along the RI coastal shore did what they want.  Now this is going back over a dozen years now.  There is a process in RI real estate to build along the coast that becomes very intricate because there are so many state and local agencies that must be involved.  You can not ignore any of them...anyone of them can kabash a home build.  You have the town, Coastal Resource Management Council and RI Department of Environmental Management.  All can be a struggle, take lengthy reviews, demand change in structure & you need to abide by all of them.
RI house that you can not live in
Every time I go across the Jamestown bridge from North Kingstown to Jamestown RI, I see the house.  Finished waterfront home sitting on the oceanfront of Narragansett Bay and noone living in it.  It has always been empty.
Another case where a homeowner would not follow the town and state regulations.  As he saw it...my property is my property and challenged the state and town in court.  A million dollar plus home that never was given a Certificate of Occupancy (CO).  Believe me they never let this owner put anything in that house or live in it even for one night.  It sits there on the bluffs of North Kingstown sadly.  Never has it been for sale (who would insure it?!) and never resolved satisfactorily.  The word is it really needs to be torn down because it was not built to hurricane standard codes among other issues.
Do you think this homeowner felt a bit of arrogance here?  Never made it to the supreme court so there must have been some real stumbling blocks for this out of state homeowner to get past.  None of which he did.  So it has become somewhat of an eyesore in the neighborhood of Plum Beach where it is located.  I always wondered if it was stripped of its copper pipes too?!  Such a shame to waste such a beautiful site (and sight)!  I still do not know....
Why Are Some Homeowners Arrogant About Building Codes
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Comments (16)

Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Ginny.  Why are they arrogant?  Stupid comes to mind.  Dumb, dumber and a real jerk works.

Jun 08, 2015 08:52 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's a shame. A waste of a good site and what a waste of money to build it (and then to possibly tear it down). 

Jun 08, 2015 08:59 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

That sounds like it is a beautiful home. I am sorry that the builders did not get the permits and built the house. 

Jun 08, 2015 09:00 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Seems like a big price to pay for arrogance.....silly homeowner......must have money to throw away.  Wish he would have thrown it my way!

Jun 08, 2015 09:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ginny,

OMG this out of state homeowner was not given good guidance and just paid a huge price for his arrogance! Stupid comes to mind but I wonder who can force him to take it down?

Jun 08, 2015 09:59 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

I hear it was truly arrogance & ignoring sound advice & Dorie Dillard it is still standing so he must be paying the taxes on it because there would have been a tax sale by now!

Jun 08, 2015 10:28 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ginny arrogance may have been involved, and turned into stupidity on the owners part.  But you would thing after all these years, this owner and the town would have come up with a way to work together.  When egos are involved, common sense seems to disappear.

Jun 08, 2015 10:32 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Ginny. The codes, especially the coastline areas of RI are very tough, I know firsthand as I have flipped a couple of houses, but if you follow the rules, it all works out.

Jun 08, 2015 10:48 PM
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Some people love to do things their way. Interesting results!

Jun 09, 2015 12:20 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I find that most municipalities and other governing agencies are willing to offer alternatives if allowed to explain their position. Butting heads just gives the affected parties a headache and in this case a stoppage. Environmental or safety issues will win out every time. Building Codes are implemented for ALL of us and not meant to limit any individual's rights. 

Jun 09, 2015 12:48 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Ginny: Some folks have to learn things the hard way. What a waste of time, resources, and a beautiful view!

Jun 09, 2015 07:26 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ginny, what a huge waste of money, and sad to think they can not live there just because he could not abide by the rules.

Jun 10, 2015 12:19 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

A lot of people think they are entitled to a specific home at a specific time but don't realize the consequences.

Jun 11, 2015 04:49 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I guess it could be sad but all the same informative all at once, you know? Joan Cox

Jun 11, 2015 04:53 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

It is why I like doing things one time only, the right way, and follow the rules as set out. Sometimes you don't agree with them but the results can bankrupt you.

Jun 11, 2015 09:35 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Because they just want it done their way and willing to face to consequences sometimes knowingly sometimes not!!!

Jun 11, 2015 09:39 PM