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Started by RE, Aug 03, 2023, 08:15 AM

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RE usually is.

I located a cute little 2 BR house for rent on Craig's list at the fabulously low price of $1000/mo INCLUDING utilities right around the block from a Carr'  Normal price would be close todouble that.s food superstore, close to a major bus route in a nice neighborhood.  Single story with no steps and a garage for my scooter.  Big yard to BBQ.

As usual the rentier wanted a $50 application fee, before I could even get inside to check out if the plumbing works and the bathroom was big enough for me to maneuver my electric wheelchair. With only $200/mo in spending money, if I have to pay an app fee for every place I want to check out, I will quickly spend down the money I have reserved for 1st mo rent, security, moving expenses and some new used furniture.

First thing besides the amazing price that makes me suspicious is rentier doesn't answer voice calls, only responds to texts.  Then in texting she says she is trying to rent it herself because she was trying to sell it but the broker was not honest.  Then she tells me there is nobody here with the keys to show it.  So wait a minute...even AFTER I pay the app fee, how do I look at it before actually signing a lease and sending her $2000?  She tells me she will try to send the keys to a friend, unless he is out of town.  At this point I am pretty sure this is a scam.

I go online to look up property information, and the owner name does not match her name.  Current assessment on the property is $1.3M !!!!  This house was built in 1954 and looks every minute of it.  You can look it up yourself on Google, 1404 Nanuka Dr, Anchorage AK 99504.

So at this point I am not even going to send the %50 app fee, because despite being just perfect for me at the right price, it's just too dicey.  How do I know she is even going to pay the gas & electric? 

I am however trying to figure out what is going on here?  Why does this old tiny 2 BR house have a $1.3M property assessment value on it?  Who is this woman trying to rent it out on the sly?  I'm guessing the property is in probate, maybe her mother died and she wants to sell but mom had debts and there are claims on the money.  Why the absurd valuation on it?  So it doesn't sell, forcing her to keep paying taxes and keep the utilities on so it is not declared abandoned and repoed by the court?

I am however losing hope on finding an apartment besides waiting for one of these big housing agencies with the long waiting lists call me up.  Getting out to go look at places is very difficult, and the application fees are a killer.  Starting Sept 1st the day after my birthday, I will try to not buy any supplementary foods or drinks, quit smoking again and cancel my Amazon Prime subscription for the duration until my name finally makes it to the top of some waiting list.



1601 Atkinson De. Anchorage, AK 99504 is less than a quarter mile away.

For sale.  $345,000


Quote from: K-Dog on Aug 18, 2023, 08:23 PM1601 Atkinson De. Anchorage, AK 99504 is less than a quarter mile away.

For sale.  $345,000

Although I have improved my credit rating now enough to be deemed worthy of a $5000 unsecured Visa card from my credit union, I doubt I could get a mortgage for a $345,000 house.  That would take a minimum down payment of say 10%, $35K I don't have.  Besides as I have mentioned many times, I am philosophically against property ownership.

Further research on the rental house indicates the woman is in fact the owner, but Zillow reports the property as Sale Pending with a sale price of $250K, which seems more reasonable..  Obviously there is some conflict over the property, and I sure do not want a house rented and then sold from under me and get evicted.  That is a fast track to finishing my days as a homeless cripple freezing to death this winter on the streets or in the parks of Anchorage Alaska.  I'd rather not add my name to the roll call of this winter's homeless death count.

On the Good Newz side, I got a letter from Alaska Housing that I am now on their waiting list for 2 of their Senior Projects, Chugach Manor & Chugach View.  The latter has a waiting list estimated at 1-3 months, which if true is very waitable.  Good location, right next to the Anchorage Senior Center.  I hope to get over there soon to check it out.



QuoteBesides as I have mentioned many times, I am philosophically against property ownership.

Private property yes, but personal property is fine.  You can even own a home and be socialist if you live in the thing, and don't rent it out.  A home like a toothbrush has use value.  Use value vs exchange value.  In America people can own anything except other people, and even that was legal a century and a half ago.  In America moral qualms about ownership is a white buffalo, and money owns everyone.  Confusion about ownership morality, and the lack of any in America is normal.   

I found the house close by to show that the one for rent is allegedly assessed at triple what it should be.


Quote from: K-Dog on Aug 19, 2023, 01:32 AM
QuoteBesides as I have mentioned many times, I am philosophically against property ownership.

Private property yes, but personal property is fine.

My philosophy is that of a Nomad, you can only own what you can carry with you.  Since I lived a nomadic life moving from place to place and taking many jobs, never sure how long I would be staying anywhere it was an encumbrance to buy a house, just to have to sell it 3 years or in a couple of cases 6 months later.

Owning a bugout machine or tent is OK, just not the land it's parked on, which to me is all commons.  I do realize this is NOT the case under British Common Law, which the Amerikan legal system is based on and was grafted onto this continent during colonization.  My view is what it was prior to that when this was still Turtle Island.  When the Mohicans sold Manhattan Island for $23 worth of Beads & Blankets they never though that was giving the land away for all generations into the future, just rights to use it for the folks who came in off the boat.  To them the idea any person could own land was ridiculous.

The idea of land ownership came along with Agriculture and the sedentary lifestyle.  That led to the towns and cities being built and what we call "Civilization".  Nomadic people never had cities or towns, everybody just met at some designated place in the summer to exchange goods and people for marriages to prevent inbreeding.  Where the Summer meeting was changed all the time depending who was hosting it in a given year.

Obviously, the world doesn't work that way now, but it will again in the future!  :) I am just either behind or ahead of the curve, lol.  Tent cities, living under overpasses and squatting in abandoned buildings is the shape of things to come.

For now of course I must rent my place to park my crippled ass to have some security, and fortunately I can afford it once my number comes up on the waiting list for affordable housing for old people and cripples, where I fit in both demographics having past the Age 62 benchmark for Senior status and had a leg chopped off to be officially recognized as a cripple.  If I wasn't crippled, I most certainly would have been living in my Bugout Machine by now, touring the lower 48 burning FFs and looking for free places to park with the rest of the Van Dweller community.

Meanwhile as I wait for my notification, Medicaid picks up most of the tab for the exorbitant $16.5K/mo it takes to keep me here, and leaves me the generous  ::)  allowance of $200/mo to buy some cokes and brownies.  I'm still a Nomad at heart though.