therealcmj t1_jeg43d5 wrote

Not necessarily.

When I go somewhere for work I am on an expense account. But that doesn’t mean I don’t drive my own car. It’s my choice - take cabs or Uber/Lyft, rent a car, or expense 55c per mile. For lots of people having their own car is more convenient and saves them from parking it at an airport or wherever and worrying about it while you’re away.


therealcmj t1_jdxytxo wrote

Normally the developer runs the HOA until they sell the last unit. An election before they sell at least half the units would be pointless - they own the majority beneficial interest. But usually they hold control until the last unit sells in case they need to do something like fix an error in the condo docs.

Now that he is no longer a majority owner the other owners can and should call for an election and oust him. And they can self manage or put the contract out to bid and hire a management company.

OP: read your condo docs. They’re usually quite readable. If you arent sure about anything you can check with your closing attorney about what you can or should do - you paid them to review all this before closing.


therealcmj t1_jacwgx9 wrote

I’m willing to bet that OP is the sort of person that would complain about FiOS being available to his neighbor but not to him.

I’m also willing to bet that the town/city required Comcast to make the same service available to everyone in the town as part of the conditions of their franchise agreement. And that’s why they’re pulling fiber everywhere.


therealcmj t1_ja8fell wrote

There was a news piece a while back about boomers being upset that there were no smaller apartments and homes in their towns that they could down size into.

And I got to literally laugh out loud at them facing the consequences of their own actions and voting behavior. Before I was sad again about how fucked the housing market is for everyone.


therealcmj t1_j9zpr9o wrote

They will microtrench. As in it’ll be a machine with what is effectively a saw blade.

Starlink is good for remote locations where there is no option of fiber. In dense areas it’s not as good because wireless spectrum is shared.


therealcmj t1_j9zmeu4 wrote

Honestly? Let them do it.

Even if you don’t want Comcast service today you definitely want to have the option in the future. If only so you can use that as leverage against Verizon or whoever.

The trench will be tiny and the grass will regrow over it in a week or two at most.


therealcmj t1_j6oygz5 wrote

Hi. It’s me a progressive here.

Raise my taxes. Please.

Use it to provide universal pre-k. Feed kids free lunch at school. Provide free after school programs. Free subway service for all city residents. Lower T fares for commuter rail. Raise on street parking prices. Tax the fuck out of parking lots in the city. Add a congestion tax.

K thx


therealcmj t1_j5pz94o wrote

I am not a lawyer. So this is not legal advice, etc.

As the other responder said: ask them for the agreement you signed that said you’d pay a broker fee.

A verbal agreement won’t count - under contract law any such agreement would require “meeting of the minds” meaning you and the agent understood the same thing. You’re from out of town and had no idea what the broker fee meant so clearly you didn’t have an agreement.

If the agency didn’t have you sign an agreement I’m betting the person who showed you the properties is going to be in trouble with their boss. And that if you just ask them for the signed agreement where you agreed to the broker fee of one months rent they’ll shove off.

You may want to have a lawyer send their lawyer a letter though for emphasis.


therealcmj t1_j2b78k7 wrote

I like Florida weather. I try to go there every year because of it. But I doubt I will ever live there.

They pay less in income tax but more in other taxes and fees and other costs to more than make up for it. Especially if you’re not rich.

> IN THE 10 STATES WITH THE MOST REGRESSIVE TAX STRUCTURES (THE TERRIBLE 10), THE LOWEST-INCOME 20 PERCENT PAY UP TO SIX TIMES AS MUCH OF THEIR INCOME IN TAXES AS THEIR WEALTHY COUNTERPARTS. Washington State is the most regressive, followed by Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Nevada, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.