Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Florida Trip, Now In The Balance
First, visit - Florida, The Path Is Clear!.
Shortly after I received spousal approval to rent that same Naples condo (that I rented last winter) for the month of April, for the bargain price of $600, I emailed the dude.
But guess what. He reneged on the deal!
He said the foreclosure was staved off and thus he now wanted *market rent* for April - $1,400.
I knew it was too good to be true.
How did he forestall the foreclosure?
Well, he decided to technically move into this particular condo. By declaring it his primary residence, that makes it more difficult for the bank to throw him out. He said, "Now they have to offer me a loan modification....and maybe even a principal reduction."
He's probably not going to move in until the summer (how's that for a scam!) so I could still rent it from him *under the table*. His phrasing was, "You'd be my guest."
The bank, getting yanked is SunTrust.
At the end of the phone call he emphasized, twice, that he was *willing to be flexible* which meant of course that I could counteroffer to his $1,400 rate.
And I might very well do so - BUT not until a week or two into March. This is how you negotiate, people!
I won't pay $1,400, not in this economy. The most I'd pay is $1,100 total - including electric and the internet. I'll even offer to pay him in cash or with a cashier's check in deference to his *tax management*.
So would I skip this entire trip over a mere $800, $400, or $200?
I ABSOLUTELY WOULD. I'm price sensitive on crap like this. Heck, I walked away from that great house over what would have been only $10-$15,000. And I've even jumped out of slowly-moving cabs over a couple dollars!