I'm currently getting ready to retire.
And related to that - I am downsizing - dramatically.
During this past year I have learned a lot of crap I never wanted to know about realtors.
With realtors, its all about money and whether you are a Have and a Have Not
I have no problem with people making money - that's what life is all about
its about how you go about making that money.
This past year has shown me what motivates realtors.
You have to realize that to work with a realtor
- you have to sign a contract with them.
Which confines you to all levels of hell.
When it came to selling my big, huge house
the realtor I had at the time
Was more than willing to take the sale.
Was more than willing to print up marketing stuff.
Never showed the house once.
Was willing to argue with me for three days on what I should accept as an offer.
Was more than willing to take the commission on a six digit sale.
At that point - I was a six digit "HAVE" - - I owned the house - - I called the shots.
After the house sold
I started looking for a different "much, much smaller" home.
That's when I became a five-digit HAVE NOT
The realtor that sold my house
- like the realtor I have now
- don't have the time to deal with five-digit buyers,
we're people that aren't going to bring them mucho dinero in commissions.
With both realtors - now I am five digit HAVE NOT
A home - I HAVE NOT - - even tho I find at least two a week
that I like based on the listing and are in my price range.
My emails are/were not answered in a timely manner
I can't get showings in a timely manner
And in a sellers market - that means my offers are - too late.
It's not unusual for me to have to wait three or four days after I call/email to get a showing. I betcha their six digit clients aren't waiting 3 days to see a property.
And a home - I HAVE NOT
And thus, I literally remain in the HAVE NOTs of housing
And I have to continue to suck up & be nice or there'll be no showings at all.
Having to suck up to someone I am eventually paying to help me
who has made it clear they don't want to help me
takes every once of acting skill I have.
Over the weekend
- I couldn't help thinking that when the housing bubble burst
the people blamed the banks
the people blamed the mortgage brokers
no one blamed the realtors. their need for greed (commissions).
And I guess now - I'm ready to place that blame.
Why? Because it has become very, very clear to me
- that if you are buying in the price range,
you want and choose to afford
- and it's not at least 6 six digits
- realtors don't have the time for you
- realtors don't want to deal with you.
- other higher buck buyers needs come before yours
- you are the last priority.
And in a sellers market - that means your offers are - too late.
And a home - you HAVE NOT
By doing this, realtors force you to reconsider your buying decision.
- their inattentiveness increases your stress level
- they inattentiveness increases your hopelessness of finding a place
- their inattentiveness SHAMES YOU
You have no offers to make - or the offers are too late
- which automatically pressures you to think
you have to up the price you are willing to pay
(and the commission they will earn)
- just to get them to pay attention to you.
Unfortunately - for me
- I am not willing to up my price - its staying at five digits
- so I am bunking at a friend's house (living out of suitcases)
- all because the commission that would be earned from my five digit purchase
is, evidently, not good enough for me to get good realtor service.
So - I sit and wait - and keep on sucking up - - in the circles of realtor hell
for my six month contract with my current realtor to expire
- so I can try to find a new realtor who wants to do the work
and take a commission on a five digit sale
- but I fear that search is going to, again, a futile one.
I can just imagine the next one will again promise great service on a five digit purchase, to get me to sign another contract and then leave me in five digit purchasers hell that has been my story of 2013.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
ALEC Admits It Is Out to Destroy Democracy
Yep folks - you read that correctly!
There are no "take-backs" on this one for ALEC.
I'll make this entry short because I don't want you to get confused or missed the point.
For the past 3 years I have written that you have to be careful about everything that ALEC writes - that they intentionally mislead the press and the public.
For years I have warned you that ALEC was out to destroy our democratic representative government - of, for and by the people.
For years - I have been duped by ALEC also.For years I have thought that the ALEC mantra of "Limited Government" was the destruction of government - as we know it - by
the destruction of regulatory agenciesall written about in thousand of entries to educate the public on the evilness of ALEC and their mantra of "Limited Government"
stealing tax dollars to give to corporations
destruction of public employee unions
amending the constitution
I thought I knew what ALEC meant by that
- I should have been smarter
- I should have know the meaning was much bigger than that!
: dishonest behavior that is meant to trick someone
: contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action; especially : the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or action
: the quality or state of being double or twofold
ALEC was using that phrase for 40 years in a duplicitous manner.
And last night they proved it.
Last night ALEC dropped their 990 on the web and the REAL EVILNESS of ALEC was exposed.
Last night - ALEC proved it in their 990:
From the 990:
In accordance with the bylaws of ALEC, full membership shall be open to persons dedicated to the preservation of individual liberty, basic American values and institutional productive free enterprise, and limited representative government, who support the purposes of ALEC, and who serve, or formerly served, as members of a state or territorial legislature, the United States Congress or similar bodies outside the United States.
In accordance with the bylaws of ALEC, full membership shall be open to persons dedicated to the preservation of individual liberty, basic American values and institutional productive free enterprise, and limited representative government,
In accordance with the bylaws of ALEC, full membership shall be open to persons ... dedicated to limited representative government,From the ALEC 2012 990 - I did not make this up!
There you go folks
ALEC Admits They Are Out to Destroy Representative Democracy
The American Legislative Exchange Council has admitted they are dedicated to "limited representative government",
- destruction of the USA's representative democracy
- and their first step was Voter ID - to take away your right to vote
- if you weren't afraid of ALEC before - you should be now.
We are no longer looking at ALEC manipulated
We are talking about
"Limited Representative Government"
And if you don't understand how huge this particular problem is
"Limited Representative Government"
- ALEC deserves to win.
ALEC is a private 501c3 organization with over 2,000 members.
ALEC's members who are dedicated to limited representative government.
ALEC has told the Federal government
in their 990
that they are going to destroy our current representative democracy.
ALEC is a domestic terrorist group.
ALEC MUST BE DESTROYED!!