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Old Aug 23rd 2010, 3:06 pm
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True story:

The fellow next door to us wanted to buy some of our land so he can build a swimming pool for his wife. Sheila and I were happy to sell the land to him, so we had a guy come and survey the land, and decided to sell a 40 ft x 150 ft parcel that adjoins his property! All good... until it came time to settle on a price.

We suggested that $6,000 was reasonable - about $1/sq ft (which is well below average for our area)... after all - he's been a good neighbor for many years, we weren't using the land, and we're not hurting for money!

He said, he'd been thinking we'd want $10,000... so he'd like to pay us $7,000! We said we'd be quite happy with $6,000 to which he responded: okay, how about $8,000? Sheila and I looked at each other, both a bit puzzled, and said: Okay... $8,000.

I don't think you could have scripted something funnier!

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Old Aug 23rd 2010, 3:08 pm
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Originally Posted by ian-mstm View Post
True story:

The fellow next door to us wanted to buy some of our land so he can build a swimming pool for his wife. Sheila and I were happy to sell the land to him, so we had a guy come and survey the land, and decided to sell a 40 ft x 150 ft parcel that adjoins his property! All good... until it came time to settle on a price.

We suggested that $6,000 was reasonable - about $1/sq ft (which is well below average for our area)... after all - he's been a good neighbor for many years, we weren't using the land, and we're not hurting for money!

He said, he'd been thinking we'd want $10,000... so he'd like to pay us $7,000! We said we'd be quite happy with $6,000 to which he responded: okay, how about $8,000? Sheila and I looked at each other, both a bit puzzled, and said: Okay... $8,000.

I don't think you could have scripted something funnier!

Ian
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Old Aug 23rd 2010, 3:17 pm
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I hope you retained the mineral rights though.. there might be a potential gusher right in that little parcel! Seriously, it's nice to have good neighbors.
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I'll take the extra $2000 if you don't want it!
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Originally Posted by ian-mstm View Post
True story:

The fellow next door to us wanted to buy some of our land so he can build a swimming pool for his wife. Sheila and I were happy to sell the land to him, so we had a guy come and survey the land, and decided to sell a 40 ft x 150 ft parcel that adjoins his property! All good... until it came time to settle on a price.

We suggested that $6,000 was reasonable - about $1/sq ft (which is well below average for our area)... after all - he's been a good neighbor for many years, we weren't using the land, and we're not hurting for money!

He said, he'd been thinking we'd want $10,000... so he'd like to pay us $7,000! We said we'd be quite happy with $6,000 to which he responded: okay, how about $8,000? Sheila and I looked at each other, both a bit puzzled, and said: Okay... $8,000.

I don't think you could have scripted something funnier!

Ian
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Did you include the rights for use of the new pool?
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Sweet deal!
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Well done! Probably a little smart for him too. With all the will in the world, you'll probably have a little noise and disruption during the building of the pool.

It's funny how $2000 works even better than ear plugs
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So much better than the usual neighbour issues over land/building/proerty divides. "He pruned some of my wisteria that was hanging over the fence, you shouldn't prune a wisteria this time of year! I shall be contacting the Council."

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Originally Posted by ian-mstm View Post
True story:

The fellow next door to us wanted to buy some of our land so he can build a swimming pool for his wife. Sheila and I were happy to sell the land to him, so we had a guy come and survey the land, and decided to sell a 40 ft x 150 ft parcel that adjoins his property! All good... until it came time to settle on a price.

We suggested that $6,000 was reasonable - about $1/sq ft (which is well below average for our area)... after all - he's been a good neighbor for many years, we weren't using the land, and we're not hurting for money!

He said, he'd been thinking we'd want $10,000... so he'd like to pay us $7,000! We said we'd be quite happy with $6,000 to which he responded: okay, how about $8,000? Sheila and I looked at each other, both a bit puzzled, and said: Okay... $8,000.

I don't think you could have scripted something funnier!

Ian
- I second getting some pool usage rights with that deal!!!
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Old Aug 23rd 2010, 6:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Lorna at Vicenza View Post
Did you include the rights for use of the new pool?
No... neither Sheila nor I are all that interested in having others see our old, saggy bods!

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Old Aug 23rd 2010, 6:22 pm
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Originally Posted by ian-mstm View Post
No... neither Sheila nor I are all that interested in having others see our old, saggy bods!

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I hope you retained the mineral rights though.. there might be a potential gusher right in that little parcel! Seriously, it's nice to have good neighbors.
He obviously hasn't watched "There Will be Blood".
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I don't like seeing it myself. I sometimes I feel like removing the mirrors from the bathrooms

I've removed all mirrors that show anything from the waist down. I live quite nicely that way in my imaginary world of youth and slimness.
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