Saturday, July 24, 2021

I Went House Hunting in Western TN...

 ...over the past couple of days. Drove there on Wednesday, looked at one house on Thursday and left on Friday - disgusted. Why did I leave disgusted? Well, I sent my realtor a list of 11 places I wanted to see. When I got there and saw her on Thursday, she told me only 2 places were still available even though I had made up that list and sent it to her a week or less before my trip. Damn, houses are selling fast. One of them came with 25 acres for 189K. It looked like my dream house. When we were looking at the one house we viewed on this trip, the realtor told me she had gone to the potential dream house, made a video, showed the video to another client and he made a bid on it. He did not have the high offer. I asked if I could still see that house and she checked with the owner's agent who said the owner had so many offers he would not accept more. If it was as nice a place as my realtor had said it appeared, I would have offered up to 10K over asking price, maybe even as more as 15K over. Those 25 acres plus the look of the place made it ever so appealing!

Now, you may be asking (and I did ask but she had no good reply) why my realtor did not send me a copy of the video as she knew I was extremely interested in that particular property and I had told her if she viewed it and thought it was an excellent buy, I'd make an offer by phone through her and then head there without delay to seal the deal if mine had been the high offer. It just did not happen! Maybe I need to contact another realtor.

I wound up driving a total of about 943 miles to get there (second time in about 1 or 2 months or so), looked at the one house (not bad but not to my liking), drove around to see if I might find one not listed online but with a for sale sign (I found a nice very secluded one but it was about $140K over my high limit), I also checked online but no newly listed houses were shown since I had last looked. Then, I said screw it as I decided the other house still available to see the next day was not worth seeing.  So, I drove back home yesterday. 

I spent wasted a lot of money on gas, a good deal at restaurants and a bar, and some on one night at a motel (actually stayed at motels two nights but had enough points for the one where I stayed the 2nd night but even those points were wasted). I also had my dog boarded until Monday which was more money pissed away. While I am home now, she is staying there until Monday regardless, if only because I do not have to wake up early to walk her for a couple more days and I need a break after this frustrating trip. All in all, it cost me a nice chunk of change and of my time, and a lot of wear an tear on the Corolla once again, to make the pointless trip.

In all, I am pretty fed up with driving to TN to look at houses and may look in TX in earnest soon but must say I am hesitant to look in TX because TX and I do not always agree. With all due respect, while many Texans believe TX to be a mecca of conservatism, I see it as way too liberal for my liking. In all of its history it has had only 7 Republican governors, 4 governors of other parties and 38 democrats as governor; yet somehow, Texans like to brag that Texas is and always has been a very conservative state. 

Just like many New Yorkers, who think they are conservative or libertarian but do not have a clue to what either is in reality, many Texans live under the misconception that their actual liberal views are somehow Conservative. They seem to think that just because they are pro-gun or pro-religion. Conservatism and Libertarianism are not one or two issue concepts and thus merely being pro-gun or pro-Christianity (because most Texans are in my estimation not very pro-other religions) does not necessarily make you either. Plenty of Black Panthers, BLM members, ANTIFA scum and other ultra-leftist radicals are pro-guns; some are probably even pro-religion so long as the religion is Islam. That is, by my guess, so long as it is only them with the weapons and so long as no one in their ranks is a practicing Jew or a Christian (or of any other religion than Muslim). Anyway, my guess is that within two or three election cycles, the ultra-libs will just about completely take over the state once again. While I lived in NY and can put up with liberals, even with ultra-leftists, as good as anyone can do, my idea is why bother with them in the first place since they and their radically screwball rights eviscerating ideals make me, for the great part, want to puke.

As the Grateful Dead sang: "Tennessee, Tennessee, there ain't no place I'd rather be...". Well, there may be some places I'd rather be, like AZ or SD, but they'd be too far from my son to make visits practical except maybe once or twice per year and that is nowhere nearly enough. Thus the line from Tennessee Jed makes lots of sense to me and besides that TN has no income tax and seems to me to be much more conservative/libertarian leaning than does TX (which also has no income tax as is the same in SD as well). 

Even in that I think TN more to my liking though, I just do not want to make that trip again and come up empty handed and broke for having done so. Hopefully the next time, which would be the 3rd or 4th time - as I went there at least once or maybe twice more within last year before the two trips recently - will be the charm if indeed I go again.

While my trips to Tennessee have not been fruitful yet - at least the song still is inspiring. I miss Jerry and miss going to Dead shows; they were excellent despite the libs who enjoyed them too, or maybe because all of us who went - no matter our politics - could agree on something and that was that the Grateful Dead were fabulous!
All the best,
Glenn B


Matthew W said...

I would have fired her as soon as she finished telling me that story

riverrider said...

have you looked on ....things are ramped up so fast now. i think a lot of folks know the wheels are about to fly off this wagon. if you see something on trulia et al you need to make a call n head up there that day. i know one guy that bought a big house down here sight unseen after loosing 3 houses in the time it took him to drive down from new york. wife loves it, he hates it, lol. my neighbor's house went in 3 days for 35k over the asking. hell i even sold my truck for more money than i paid for it 4 years ago! got me seriously thinking about selling the house n 8 acres i have. been offered twice what i have in it. just don't want to move again, plus can't even find a fixer upper in east tenn now. good luck.

Steve said...

I think that Matthew W verbalized the correct action. If the bint couldn't send you the video, and she knew you were a "live prospect" then she doesn't need your business (6% commision)
I am a Wisconsinite transplanted to Texas about 8 years ago. I am about ready to pull the plug and head back to Wisconsin. I live in Central Texas(can you say The Great Place) and have found that the native Texan is: unbelievably dull, insular, unfriendly, can't take a joke and oh what else can I say to denigrate the population.
There is the "Texan Attitude" I'll call it. In actuality, I find that it is a defense mechanism for them being so backwards. I have met folks that live in a middling sized community....that are in their 30's and have NEVER VENTURED OUTSIDE OF THAT CITIES LIMITS. No curiosity, no love of adventure, no ability to seek new adventures. But, DAMN, aren't those Cowboys great!?!?!?
So what's my point....
I think you will find that ANY place that you move to, will NEVER take the place of what you call home. Any relocation will put you smack dab in the middle of other people's lives and living. And they may not appreciate you for who you are. And you don't have a history in that area; so why should they be interested in you.
Hate to be a grump; but whatever it is that you are looking for in a better be sure you have a solid hold on that thing.

Ultimate Ordnance said...

I am in central Texas. The cities are full of liberal democrats, but the rural areas are still conservative. Don't know how much longer that will last, since we are being invaded from California and New York, not to mention Mexico. Prices for land and houses are through the roof. We have no state income tax, but the property tax more than makes up for it. Be careful if you see land with low taxes due to an Ag exemption. It is really just a tax deferment, and if you lose it, you owe taxes at the non-exempt rate for the previous 5 years. Austin has been putting pressure on the county assessors to tighten up the rules. I had to sell 58 acres to keep them from stealing it for taxes.

Jon said...

Hold for the market crash that will surely come at the end of this ridiculous feeding frenzy, then take your pick from a larger selection.

Unknown said...

I'm moving to the Olympic Pensisula(WA ugh) to be with my woman. I sold my beautiful home in n AR in the Ozarks. It soild 4 hopurs after I listed it. I've only lived there 1 year but s Mo and n AR are absolutely gorgeous.

Glenn B said...

I would look for a house in the mountains in AR except that they have an income tax and super high sales taxes.