Makes sense and good post, I was going to post something similar.
What other methods are you aware of to track down real estate?
A concern I have is how, apparently, developers purchase land (how/from
whom?) for relatively cheap, subdivide and cookie-cutter-shtick/shlock
it, and then squat on it for a ransom.
How did you find your land in the Oky?
That paragraph is filled with misconceptions.
Land isn't cheap, never has been, and is getting more and more
expensive all the time.
Land developement costs are on the moon.
Its alarming how much coin one must drop by requirement of authority
in order to do with their land what they wish, and all along the way
its riddled with compromise.
I believe the cookie cutter schtick is a result of the enormous up
front costs of land aquisition and developement.
Quite frankly, by the time they get to the point of actually
assembling a crib the budget is straining and the investors are
complaining because it has taken so long to just get this far.
You may remember this: I designed a developement for some folks on an
island with 54 upscale single family residences. The streets were
installed, lighting, lots divided, signage installed, etc., then out
of no where a greenie found an abandoned eagles nest within legal
proximity to cause concern. The nest had been abandoned but nobody had
documented how long it had been abandoned. Federal law stipulates all
eagle nests must be documented to have been abandoned for at least 5
years and the developer must provide proof of such.
So there they sat, $11mil backwards in the developement and no way to
move forward for another 5 years, now what?
The developer hired a high priced attorney who found a gray area in
the law and took advantage of it.
The developer had to surrender 30% of the land to another thug from a
wetlands agency in exchange for leniency on the eagle thing, in other
words, the nest had to be abandoned for 3 years rather than 5.
So, a gov't agency made a law about an animal that humans had to abide
by, after the fact.
(if they made a law where the animal had to abide by a human the
animal would just ignore it)
Then that agency forced (extorted) the property owner to give some of
his property to another gov't agency just because.
BTW: By the time all of it was settled, red tape takes forever, the
original 5 years had lapsed, the nest was certified as abandoned and
the almost broke developer tried to move forward. He has built 5 homes
there, but with the downturn in the economy it is highly speculative
whether any of the other lots will sell without steep loss in already
This is just one example.
SW Florida is littered with these social experiments, many with HUD
signs on them right now.
I said 'ransom', so we seem to be in agreement.
Leonardo DiCaprio apparently bought an entire island off the coast of
Belize, and plans on a resort, even though he hasn't necessarily worked
any harder than your average nurse or designer-- an entire island, that
he's going to 'develop'. Meanwhile he just produced a green documentary
about the multitude of environmental issues we face.
What's wrong with this picture?
I suspect it's one way our current economic system ostensibly works;
growth-oriented profit maximization. These are at ultimate odds with
people and the environment.
It appears that even you've made a choice to live in the woods so to
speak-- outside of a developer tract.
It begs the question as to whether designers, developers, bankers, oil
execs, etc., live in their own shit they create for everyone else.
Where and how do they actually live?
Given the crazy behavior, I'd ignore it too.
Just wait 'till mother nature really starts extorting.
It will make you hanker for the good ol' days of gov't extortion.
Eagles, etc., have rights to live too and we're losing species at
The empty-nest-halting-development anecdote is symbolic and may be
indicative of similar things to come if/when people wake up to the
Apparently a randomly placed bundle of sticks has rights too.
BTW: In 2004 hurricane Charlie eradicated that bundle yet the 5 year
So, ghost sticks have rights too I suppose.
Regardless, a faceless concept, democracy, gets to make zillions of
rules for the herd members to follow and most of them do just that.
Yesterday I sat in the woods eating my balony sandwich lunch and
pondered this very notion for a spell, the audacity of the whole
Then I came in an logged on and saw a blurb about Obama's outrage that
Korea had the nerve to launch a rocket, and how that violated
Rules, rules, rules.
I've had it up to here with rules.
The bigger picture is the declining rate of the boundaries of
Only by the couple that built it.
If the original couple abandons it for whatever reason it will never
be occupied by others.
(eagles are monogamous and if one of the couple expires the other one
lives out its life alone - no nest needed)
When I was about 7 years old living in rural Pennsylvania I frequently
roamed the forest.
Once, I found a baby robin that had fallen from the nest but was still
I asked my dad if I could put it back in the nest and he explained why
I shouldn't do that.
He said my smell would be on the baby bird and the parents would
abandon the whole nest.
18 years later when I went to alaska to trap and hunt I learned how
important smells, or lack there of, are to wild animals first hand.
Lots of things, from various angles.
I saw a video where he was chastizing people for their behavior
regarding the *green* issue of the day.
He should clean his own act up and let other people alone.
Regarding his land: Rulemakers use the monopoly on force to tell Leo
what he can and can't do with his own property.
Most unfortunate, and immoral.
The degree of *hardness* in his work is irrelevent to just about
everything except as a pivot point for those consumed by envy.
Where others gravitate to envy but I frequently see inspiration.
Read everything by Napolean Hill.
For the sake of in some sense clarifying my stance, let me give you 2
simplified hypothetical scenarios:
1. If every rich person were to buy up all the land in the world, then
there'd be little land left for anyone else, and what was left would be
2. If a native American tribe owned all the land in America and a
European tribe came over and bought it with all the money they had, it
would still not equal the value of the land.
With all the literature pining for my attention so that it might take a
few lifetimes to get through, why should I read him in particular?
What if gov'ts stole money from people and bought up all the land with
it, then charged outrageous sums from everybody to live on it?
Is it an urban legend that the indians did not believe in owning land?
If not, then how could they sell something they didn't own?
I'm working on a book right now titled something like "365 ways to
deal with stress" and I am continuously amazed at what some publishers
think will sell.
Not long ago I did one called *Obamaland*, a guy from england
preaching to the choir about the messiah.
6 months ago I blew $200 at amazon and haven't touched any of them
Did you know that history says baseball was invented in Cooperstown NY
in 1839 by a dood named Abner Doubleday, a man that gained his
famousness mainly from his role in the civil war, and its all based on
the word of his best friend another dood named Abner something or
other who was declared mentally unstable and eventually committed a
homicde on himself, and no other proof at all?
Coincidently, the rules Doubleday supposedly wrote for baseball look
hauntingly similar to those written about a ball game in a 15th
century british novel.
Thats from a book I worked on a couple months ago about the Baseball
Hall of Fame.
Next in line: a book dealing with the entire history of Darwin, ought
to be interesting, and then one by an astronaut from the early 70's.
Oh, did I mention that I have broadened my horizons, in many ways? heh
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