Not your basic house

DSC05528 DSC05529 DSC05524As a Realtor, I walk through LOTS of houses (and sometimes too many houses. LOL). —But today was a special treat. 88 year old Freida Pettijohn gave Lynn & I a private tour of the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home in Greenfield. (What fun she was! I tried to hire her away but she enjoys what she’s doing way too much!!) The home was built by his father over three years with lumber taken from his own property. We got to peek into the areas JWR wrote about and that the public doesn’t get to see. It was on the cool side to see hand hewn beams from 1850 still doing their job today. Take an hour someday soon and check out this local gem (open Tue-Sat from 11-4).

If they can do it in the Rocky Mountains, then…

SKo I spent last week in the Rocky Mountains.  It was a great vacation, but then again, how could you not have a great time surrounded by towering mountain peaks?!

While there I was amazed (absolutely even) by a lot, but one thing struck me as peculiar.  In two different mountain towns we stopped, we noticed mass transit buses running non-stop (even taking bar goers home at closing time).  And not just in an area of a few downtown blocks.  No, these buses ran throughout the county and from town to town.  Amazing!  Idk how they manage it, but it’s a heckuva’ service.

Back home, I’m reading there’s a mass transit initiative on the ballot here in about 7 weeks.  I’m told 61% of voters support it.  Now Idk the in’s and out’s of it, but after watching buses run around the mountains, I do believe it’s past time we flatlanders got our act together on this.

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Realtor Gets 6 Years Behind Bars

As far as I’m concerned they should’ve given him a lot more time in the big house.  The guy was a real jerk, and the State’s Attorney General’s office finally got him corralled and locked behind bars.  Thank God!  I opened the Indy Star over the weekend and stumbled upon an article (see attachment) about David Garden getting locked up and let’s just say it put a big *** smile on my face.

You see, one day a half-dozen years ago, I got a call from Bank of America telling me they had a mortgage customer, Pam, who desperately needed help with a short sale.  So, I called Pam and listened to her story.  She tells me this David Garden character had talked her into doing a short sale and had told her she needed to move out of her house so he could get it done.  That was red flag #1 as most of the time with short sales the homeowner was able to stay in the house until it actually sold.  As I questioned further I realized that this Garden guy wasn’t incompetent.  Heck no, he was a crook.  I just didn’t know how big of one yet…

Pam told me that Garden had rented out her house and was collecting the rent.  He wasn’t sharing the rent and after nearly a year the short sale was going nowhere.  So I went over to the house to see about getting the tenant out of there so Pam could move back in while I went about the many months long process of bringing about a successful short sale.  After a couple tries, I finally caught the tenant, Susan, at the house.  We talked and she was nice enough.  And then she told me her story.  Well, actually it was Pam’s story!  Garden had given her the same song and dance, and had moved her into Pam’s house where she was paying rent to Garden.  Meanwhile, Garden had rented her house to someone else and (you guessed it) he was pocketing that rent as well.

With a little work and a whole lot of patience, I got the tenant at Susan’s house to move along, got Susan and Pam back into their respective houses, eventually sold both houses, and both women were able to move forward with their lives in an orderly non-stressed fashion.

Like so many people, they had the rug pulled out from underneath them during the Financial Crisis, losing jobs only to struggle to find employment at a lower pay scale.  They could not keep their mortgages up.  And while they were dealing with all of that, raising Kkids and grandkids, this predator David Garden was taking advantage of these women (and dozens of others like them).  What a jerk!  I am so glad he has finally gotten his just deserves.

If you’d like an ethical hand to help guide you around the predators, do give me a call.


 “I work harder to make good things happen!”  -Bob