We keep going back and forth.
I honestly have no idea how he got my number, but he keeps sending me texts about every other week. And I know exactly what his company is all about. And I’m not a big fan.
So…my basic response is almost one of insult.
It’s a real estate consolidation company trying to purchase my house. There’s a lot of that happening in Nasvhille right now.
And they can basically kiss my ass. I don’t want to sell my house. Especially to them.
So, this dude keeps asking my price, and I keep sending him a ridiculous number; one nobody in their right mind would (or should) pay.
I am over-valuing my property by maybe 30 or 40 percent. Maybe.
I say “maybe” because I might actually be undervaluing it.
Here’s why …
One of the biggest pop songs of all time was written in this house.
There’s a book out, and feature film pending, about a little girl who was raised in this house.
The house itself is a character in both the book and the film, because of all the work that was done to it, to accommodate the little girl’s special needs.
There is a patent pending invention in one of the bedrooms, designed and built on the premises.
If the film does well, and the public starts to resonate with my daughter’s story, this house could actually be a national landmark someday.
Also, aside from all of that, it’s 4600 square feet, on 1.1 acres, in the most expensive real estate county in the state.
The house has a separate mother-in-law suite, a recording studio, home office and a gym.
I can actually make the case for my over-valuation.
And if that company ever agrees to my ridiculous number, I’m gone from here and onto the next place I will try to undervalue when purchasing, then overvalue when selling.
Because that’s what you do.
Anyone who has ever had a yard sale understands this.
You ask for $10 for that horrible lamp aunt Clara got you for Christmas last year.
Then, the hipster, who’s going to turn it into an art piece, asks if you’ll take $6.
You counter with $8. After all, aunt Clara is dead now, and this ugly lamp has sentimental value to you.
But the hipster doesn’t care and walks away. And you end up selling it to the last customer of the day for $3.
Because by the end of the day the value of this eye sore has plummeted.
This is the ENTIRE foundation for free markets: value and perceived value.
We buy and sell song catalogs here in music city.
And the saying goes like this…
“How much is your catalog worth? It’s worth whatever you can get for it.”
That’s because value is fluid.
I’ve seen song catalogs be worthless. But then one of those songs becomes an unexpected hit, and the whole catalog value explodes into the millions.
Because the perception is that if there’s ONE hit in there, there are probably others. And if someone will gamble on that, then the value is based on whatever they’re willing to risk.
Donald Trump is being “prosecuted” again for something I literally do not understand.
Saying he “overvalued his holdings to defraud banks” sounds really serious and smacks of criminality.
But it, quite simply, isn’t.
You can value whatever you want, at whatever price you want. There is no crime in that, anywhere.
If you think aunt Clara’s lamp is worth a hundred million dollars, you can write $100,000,000 on the tape and stick it on the horrible purple shade.
And guess what? If you can convince someone that’s what it’s worth, and they actually pay that for the lamp, that’s not a crime either.
The only way it’s a crime is if you falsely claim it was the lamp Thomas Jefferson sat under while writing the Declaration of Independence.
Otherwise, the valuation is your word against the buyer’s.
So, let’s say the buyer has to get a bank loan to purchase aunt Clara’s hundred million dollar lamp.
At that point, someone called “an appraiser” will come do a completely different valuation of said lamp.
And if they find it to be worth a hundred million, then they will write a loan based on that valuation.
But chances are they will value it at around $4. And you would’ve been better off selling it to the hipster with blue hair.
These are all basic (VERY basic) economic concepts that keep having Trump investigated. And none of it is a crime.
Look, here’s the deal from a Trump agnostic…
If that man commits a felony, I want to see him go to prison. I’ll be cheering his perp-walk in the orange jump suit.
But people keep trying to prosecute him for just doing what business people do.
Yes. We ALL try to pay as little tax as possible.
Yes. We ALL inflate the value of anything we’re trying to leverage for money.
Yes. If we run for office, we try to win.
But when it comes to Trump, somehow all of these things get painted as criminal activity because we are predisposed to believing that people with money somehow got it in shady ways or have been a part of some sinister enterprise.
And yet nothing Trump did, or has done in his private dealings, have involved my tax dollars.
If he got a bank to loan him twice the amount of money a property was actually worth…good for him!
I didn’t have to pay for any of it.
It’s all between his lawyers and the bank appraisers. And they’re all playing with private money not confiscated from the public, under the penalty of fines or jail time.
On the other hand, there is actual video footage of our current president bragging about holding a billion tax dollars hostage until certain people in foreign governments were fired, and nobody seems to care.
The AG of New York is going to try and bring a “civil case” against Trump for overvaluing property – something I’ve never even heard of – also something I just publicly admitted to…BECAUSE. IT’S. NOT. A. CRIME.
Meanwhile, I, someone not attempting to investigate anyone or anything, keep seeing TikTok videos in my feed (videos I’m not even searching for) of the current president’s son committing multiple felonies, ON CAMERA, and nobody has arrested him yet.
This is how you turn people into Trump fans. THIS is how you drive people into the arms of someone they couldn’t have cared less about 5 years ago.
I’ve never worn a red hat or been to a Trump rally or cared all that much about the guy either way.
But you fools keep pushing me into defending him because even someone with moderate observation skills can recognize political persecution when they see it.
Just say you hate the guy and be done with it.
We get it. Duly noted. I even understand it. He’s a pill.
But stop trying to turn personal animosity into crime. Especially while ignoring actual crime by people you really want to like and support.
It’s making the legal process start to feel like a high school popularity contest, where everyone blames the unpopular jerk for trashing a bathroom we all literally watched the quarterback trash, in real time.
And that bothers me to no end. Because I want to believe there are unbiased operators in this country. I want to believe in blind justice. I want to believe in objectivity.
But I don’t anymore. And the people desperately trying to create crimes where they don’t exist, simply to discredit a person they don’t like, are the reason for it.
You can take my opinion for whatever it’s worth.
I probably think it’s worth more than you do.
Fortunately, that’s not a crime.
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