Know Your Neighbor
Thought I might give you a chuckle today. This showed up on one of the blogs I read that is posted by a farmer on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Sailors Small Farm. She reads this blog as well as the one I write for the Wild Ramp Market in Huntington and I really appreciate that a lot of what she experiences is similar to what the farmers here in West Virginia tell me. It is a small community, really.
Her blog today reminded me of something I experienced years ago, in an earlier chapter of my life. I lived for quite a while in Connecticut where I was an appraiser during the real estate boom of the 1980s.
I was sent out to appraise a new house for a bank underwriting its mortgage in a rural area in the northeastern section of the state. A new subdivision of McMansions had sprung up that provided large homes within an hour commute of Boston. The house was very nice with a great floorplan and good quality materials.
BUT it was located next to a composting operation. The aroma, to put it nicely, was STINKY.
My advice…..don’t ever purchase a house next to anything that smells or makes a lot of noise. The reason it might be such a “good buy” will give you headaches when you try to sell it.
And on the flip side, I want to commend people like Aimee Neeley Figgatt who has turned her family’s Century Farm near Dunbar into a state conservation area to preserve its use as agricultural forever.