Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Strange Encounters of the Male Kind...
Today, amid my various errands, I was approached as I was returning to my door by an elderly-ish man, who drove into my reserved parking space, which is clearly marked, disembarked and approached me on the sidewalk, asking if I lived here. Having failed to give me his first or last name, he indicated he was looking up the address of a unit for sale and wanted to know about how safe and noisy the neighborhood might be.
I was about to ask him why he thought women in wheelchairs wielding large bags would be rolling around in strange environs but thought better of it since I sometimes find myself in that situation. I told him that the road immediately outside was a bit noisy but the neighborhood has okay. I mean, let's face it, crime can happen anywhere and has in fact occurred here. With that, I continued inside and the man departed, leaving me to ponder the cursory inquiry.
Had it been me making such an inquiry, I would have checked with the Sheriff for crime statistics which the sheriff and police regularly gather and can provide if asked. Having done this in the past, I was able to avoid venturing into a property in what is known as crack town when looking for a rental. I might have also walked casually around the grounds, noting the condition of the buildings, pool and landscaping and any trash or signs of disrepair.
Since no realtor was with him, I wondered how he knew about the property and why he wasn't more curious, especially given his stated concerns. The neighbor above me has been here for three years. The young couple across from her are related to the association president and are renting. The older woman in the unit next to mine has been here for more than sixteen years. That information points to some stability. An equally interesting point of information concerns the proportion of on-site owners to renters. Our rentals are well over fifty percent, something which would concern me should I be looking to buy here now. When I moved in, there were more on-site owners than renters and those that were here kept the place up. Now, with only one member of our board in residence, standards have, not unpredictably, slipped a bit because the majority renters come and go and lack any real attachment here. Unfortunately for him, his approach to due diligence is weak by any measure. It will be interesting to see whether the property in question will go to a live-in owner.