Rolf, you often seem rather negative no matter who you are interacting with and I don’t mean this as an attack by any means.
You once wrote here the following:
"It would take an act of Congress to get me to do another turn around project and the reason has nothing to do with the physical nature of the property. These things are brutal and not the reason I went into the business. If something is keeping you from achieving your real goals, it’s simply not worth it no matter how much money it makes.
The single biggest reason I would not do another turn around park is because of the people who live in such places. Many of them are scum and have no redeeming social value whatsoever. That is my opinion after dealing with these types for the last 2 years and I don’t care if that bothers you PC types. In all my years of renovating and renting SFRs, I never encountered anything like what I have been dealing with. You are going into what sounds like a very rundown rental park so I think you will have your hands full of this class of folk. Is that what you want? It’s not what I want.
Need a quick example? For the last 2 months I have had to carry a .32 in my back pocket plus pepper spray at all times. I circle my home every night and shine a spotlight into the bushes before getting out of my truck. Long story and I won’t go into details. Now the problem is solved and the resident in questions now works, quite happily, for me. Yes, I developed skills I didn’t know I had and everything worked out OK in the end but why? I don’t need this and the end result was not worth the hassle.
I would go into this business again but I won’t do another park such as what I now own. There are many, many types of “turn around” situations that don’t involve dealing with people who never should have been born. Keep searching, find those types of deals, educate yourself and then have the guts to act when the right park comes along.
Wheat Hill "
I have to wonder if there isn’t a pattern to this. You have to carry a gun and circle your house for fear of your tenants? You call them “scum” yet they are your client, customer and means of income? When you treat people less than yourself they pick up on that real quickly and I would image this to be some of the reason you live in fear of your tenants to the point that you arm yourself against them.
I have taken well over a hundred people from these sites to see my parks and my parks are small, true/blue trailer parks with few frills if any. I have never treated people like they are “scum” even if I may have felt they deserved it for trashing my place etc.
I carried a gun for 11 years as a police officer but have never carried one since. If you are having to arm yourself against your tenants, imagine how the other tenants must feel living in a place you are so uncomfortable with.
You recently mentioned how, as a teacher you demanded very high levels from students. While this can be admirable it can also be read as arrogance towards the (lesser) students who are a captive audience and subject to both good or bad treatment with little recourse. I am sure you departed a great deal to them and no doubt some of them thank you for it but if you look at how you treated them and your tenants would you have wanted your family treated like this?
As I recall you were going to give a talk at Greg’s meeting of the minds (MOM) and even wrote here to request someone film you. As I recall you did not show up at his event.
Can you see how this appears to others here? Am I not able to show you other view from the other side of the table? You are often so insistent that your view be considered can we not ask the same of you?
We are not your tenants or your students. We all come to sites like these to learn and to give. You have written about how much you have learned but your “giving” seems rather bitter. Rather than complain about esoteric postings why not “give” information instead. You can start a string on topics you have questions on or think others might.
Just showing up to complain… can you also see how that might be viewed from the other side of the table?
I will apologize in advance if your feelings are hurt by this post as this was not my intent. My hope is that we can help you see how things appear to others and perhaps you might not have to carry a gun and circle your house before entering it anymore.