I remember hearing an old story about an oil wildcatter who, on finally striking it rich, bought himself a huge ranch in the Texas panhandle. One of his friends came to visit and, naturally, he couldn’t help but gloat over his success.
“Tell, you what," he boasted loudly, “I can get into that truck over there and drive ALL DAY LONG and never leave this spread."
“Yeah," his friend drawled, not one to be easily impressed, “I had a truck like that."
This story, in turn, reminds me that so many things are dependent on nothing so much as what we perceive them to be.
For example, we’ve spent the last 41 years thinking of what we can do to get more people to buy more land.
We’ve made zero-down a fact of life; we’ve locked in interest at 9% simple, and, we’ve begun a virtually-unheard-of policy of giving a warranty deed after you’ve only made six payments.
So do you know what’s the single, most common question I have to deal with?
“What’s the catch?"
That’s right, we’ve apparently come up with a way to buy land that’s so much simpler, cheaper and less painful than what you’ve encountered elsewhere, that a few people don’t really believe it’s for real. I’m constantly getting suspicious email asking “How can you afford to do this?"
This puts us in the rather embarrassing situation of having to let you know that it’s a pretty good deal for us too.
Is there a catch?
If you’re expecting acreage on the edge of town, replete with paved, lighted streets, water and sewer lines, community country club, swimming pool and civic center, then there is indeed a catch. You don’t get ANY of this stuff. We sell land.
If, on the other hand, you want to live in the country, as opposed to the suburbs, want to drill your own well into the vast and accessible Roubideux aquifer, enjoy the privacy of being outdoors alone, see all the stars at night, breathe clean air, and do all that with as little damage to your monthly budget as possible, then I defy you to find a better deal.