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I visited a new home development - WOW!
« on: July 05, 2018, 12:41:59 PM »
So last Sunday, of course the hottest day of the year, I helped friends move into their newly built house. Nice house - not a McMansion by any means but rather a normal 3/2 home for a family of four. The homes were not the issue here.

While driving around the new development, me being a car guy, noticed one vehicle older than 5yrs old - that was a 2014 Lexus RX350.  Besides that I saw 4 cars with 30 day tags. On my friends' street I counted 8 full size pickup trucks.  This is all in a development which has only been opened for business for less than two years.

But the one thing that blew my mind was my friend's coworker who moved into his new home (with wife and kid) about 3 weeks ago (I was told). Given that this home builder doesn't provide any type of landscaping, the husband was doing some grading in his front yard. He lives 4 houses down and across the street from my friend. Now next to my friends' house was a new home being built, with a 20ft dumpster out front. This guy would put one home depot orange bucket full of gravel/dirt in the back of his small suv, and drive it from his house - 4 freaking houses down - and dump the contents into the dumpster. We were there about 3 hours moving stuff in/out and he kept driving to/from dumping gravel/dirt into the dumpster. He also left the suv running while he went back to get more gravel/dirt because as he told my friend on his first trip - those 20 seconds make it bearable.

Considering that he was already doing this before we got there and he was still doing after we left, I'm sure this guy spent 5-6 hours letting a small suv idle and driving 60ft from house to house, all to dump a bucket full of gravel/dirt every 15-20min.

WTF?????????
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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2018, 01:32:10 PM »
Mod - this can be moved to the "over the fence" thread.
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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2018, 09:47:38 PM »
Mod - this can be moved to the "over the fence" thread.

Well, they aren't *his* neighbors, he just helped someone move into West Stepford.
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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2018, 01:58:59 AM »
I noticed this also when I moved into my community. I was the first lots in the community 4 years ago (got pre-construction pricing) and I noticed a trend that 75% of families after moving into a new home purchase a new car... It's like a right of passage....


I don't get the couples who go out and buy TWO new cars at once!! Weew...

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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2018, 11:21:34 AM »
We moved in the same week as our next-door neighbors 19 years ago. They've gotten leased cars every three years and they've hit all the trends -- BMW, that Lexus SUV that was popular for a while, before settling on a series of Benzes and Audis.

The money alone we've saved over that stretch by paying cash for lesser cars and driving them forever has us on the way to FIRE.
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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2018, 02:05:51 PM »
I think it's a new development thing for sure.

We were under contract on a 3 year old house before we ended up backing out and getting our 20 year old house. It seemed that everyone had new cars in the new development, so much so that we'd get weird looks from curious neighbors whenever we'd drive through.

Despite the older home being older and more dated, the values were about 75-100k more than the new development area. Other than a few folks here and there, most drive normal, economical, used cars, including us. In fact, my neighbor grosses over a million a year, yet his cars and house are just as old as mine.
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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2018, 02:12:16 PM »
I noticed this also when I moved into my community. I was the first lots in the community 4 years ago (got pre-construction pricing) and I noticed a trend that 75% of families after moving into a new home purchase a new car... It's like a right of passage....


I don't get the couples who go out and buy TWO new cars at once!! Weew...
I think people probably put off buying a car until after they buy their house just to make sure the mortgage goes through okay. Credit scores and debt to income ratios. That kind of stuff.

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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2018, 03:06:23 PM »
So he's illegally dumping his personal yard waste into a developers dumpster? And being lazy about it?
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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2018, 03:27:51 PM »
I noticed this also when I moved into my community. I was the first lots in the community 4 years ago (got pre-construction pricing) and I noticed a trend that 75% of families after moving into a new home purchase a new car... It's like a right of passage....


I don't get the couples who go out and buy TWO new cars at once!! Weew...
I think people probably put off buying a car until after they buy their house just to make sure the mortgage goes through okay. Credit scores and debt to income ratios. That kind of stuff.


Probably a reasonable explanation, however think of all the debt you just signed yourself up for...  years of working..

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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2018, 07:50:36 PM »
Driving next to a construction site is also a great way to get nails...


All the new cars, I don't get it, but that's why I come here to be reminded I'm not the only one.

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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2018, 10:59:47 AM »
Prosperity or debt. Looks the same for a while...

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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2018, 11:07:31 AM »
So he's illegally dumping his personal yard waste into a developers dumpster? And being lazy about it?

Yes to both.
Plus leaving his small SUV idling while digging up the dirt.
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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2018, 11:56:26 AM »
Wow. I would kill for a couple 5 gallon buckets of gravel right now to keep my lane in shape, but the stuff's not cheap, and I'm sure the local quarry would laugh if I didn't order a couple tons.

If I'm not mistaken, those dumpsters are usually charged back by weight. And for heaven's sake, rock would be the last thing I'd ever consider putting in one.

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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2018, 12:03:27 PM »
Wow. I would kill for a couple 5 gallon buckets of gravel right now to keep my lane in shape, but the stuff's not cheap, and I'm sure the local quarry would laugh if I didn't order a couple tons.

If I'm not mistaken, those dumpsters are usually charged back by weight. And for heaven's sake, rock would be the last thing I'd ever consider putting in one.

Well he isn't paying for the dumpster, he's just using it from the home build 4 houses down. The builder will be the one to have to deal with the cost.
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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2018, 04:34:31 PM »
We were under contract on a 3 year old house before we ended up backing out and getting our 20 year old house. It seemed that everyone had new cars in the new development, so much so that we'd get weird looks from curious neighbors whenever we'd drive through.

Nextdoor: "URGENT ALERT: We just saw someone driving suspiciously down the street in an older vehicle. I don't recognize the car and the driver looked suspicious. He had patchy facial hair. Be on the lookout."


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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2018, 05:25:57 PM »
^Lol . . . pure gold.

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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2018, 08:14:43 PM »
Wow. I would kill for a couple 5 gallon buckets of gravel right now to keep my lane in shape, but the stuff's not cheap, and I'm sure the local quarry would laugh if I didn't order a couple tons.

If I'm not mistaken, those dumpsters are usually charged back by weight. And for heaven's sake, rock would be the last thing I'd ever consider putting in one.

Well he isn't paying for the dumpster, he's just using it from the home build 4 houses down. The builder will be the one to have to deal with the cost.

Oh I know, there's plenty of stupid to go around and there's well, just being an asshole. Which I guess isn't mutually exclusive.

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Re: I visited a new home development - WOW!
« Reply #17 on: July 20, 2018, 08:49:09 AM »
We were under contract on a 3 year old house before we ended up backing out and getting our 20 year old house. It seemed that everyone had new cars in the new development, so much so that we'd get weird looks from curious neighbors whenever we'd drive through.

Nextdoor: "URGENT ALERT: We just saw someone driving suspiciously down the street in an older vehicle. I don't recognize the car and the driver looked suspicious. He had patchy facial hair. Be on the lookout."

Ugh. You just triggered me. I signed up for nextdoor in our neighborhood (with the older houses) when we first moved in and I unsubscribed after a week. Almost every post was something like this. Racist, busybody idiots that felt the need to police the neighborhood and alert everyone every time a stray cat was walking around. Sadly, these people seem to be everywhere.
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