I like to believe people will improve themselves. Most of my section 8 people (and I have had 4 tenants on section 8) do there best. They have fallen on hard times. It is difficult to acquire the section 8 voucher. The waiting list is over 3 years here in Ada County and they are not accepting new applicants. When one thinks about this it is very scary. Someone needed help 3 years ago and they still need it. I would imagine that many people have solved their problems by the time they are off the wait list.
About 1.5 years ago I met a pleasant single mom of three kids who just got her voucher. She was particularly excited because the hovel she was living in was in foreclosure. I approached the landlady and it was indeed a hovel and it was in foreclosure. The landlady didn’t want to short sale so I wished her well. The single mom was a full time student with a small work study job on campus. I liked her and wanted to give her chance. I signed a lease with her. After a while the work study job disappeared… Later I found out she had quit school….I could see that she and her kids were not the easiest tenants on the home but I figured it didn’t matter when she left the home would still need painting. Then she kept getting jobs and losing them. The voucher changed in January and it has been hell ever since.
See on section 8 the government pays a portion of the rent and the tenant pays a portion of the rent. She never seemed to have her portion. This worked great when the government was paying all her rent but not so well when she had a portion to pay. I have had to chase her down every month since January. So far I get my rent but it is late and I am expending a lot of effort to get it done. She is not keeping me informed. Last March she lost another job again. I think for cause. She took weeks to follow through with the paperwork to get the full voucher back. She seems to have a “brother” living with her. Housing came back and will give her a full voucher for May but she still owes me $416 for April. I now need to collect this money from her. I am going to suggest she ask her friends and “relatives” or her church. I know I should just evict her but I do not really want to (or have time) to fix the floors (not her fault) and paint before I go to China. I also worry about the 3 kids… I know they are not my problem. If the city will pay I will wait until the next crisis on the theory I could lose 2 months rent to get the $416. Of course I cannot give her a good reference…
Mostly I am VERY ANGRY with her. These vouchers are hard to come by and she does not deserve this voucher. All she had to do is go to housing and fill out some forms. I am sad because I was rooting for her to succeed. I know that not everyone will succeed but she seemed to be trying so hard when she moved in. I am MAD that I have had to waste a lot of my time chasing her down. My time is VALUABLE. I do not know why she seems so flaky these days… I could guess but the answers are not pretty. This woman has a chance to raise her kids in a nice 3 bedroom,2 bath single family home and doesn’t seem to care. Or else she think because I am a liberal Democrat I will let her stay there forever without evicting her. She is actually wrong. I will if I have to and I will feel awful for the 3 kids in her care. I am not sure a mother who wont fill out paperwork deserves the Voucher or the kids… Maybe it would be easier being cynical… I would have expected nothing less…
Signed me Debbie Homes, depressed and annoyed landlord.
Posted in Boise, Boise real estate market, democrat, exhausted real estate agent, Personal
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Hi! I am mostly posting this because I seem to have taken a break from blogging…. I was blogging about everything and I sort of stopped for a few weeks… Maybe I needed the break…. I have been doing a bunch of stuff.
Some real estate, some politics and some spreadsheet work. I have had a tough start of the year with many random events hurting my business…. I had the suitcase full of cash, a buyer with heart surgery, a bad inspection,dad’s small stroke, dad’s research project …. Those type of things… Normally I do great but I guess after a while I didn’t want to talk about it… Or maybe its just the tail end of winter….
Well I am still selling houses in Boise, Idaho…. I have a couple of buyer leads….I thought about running for office again…. I sold the house after repairs quickly and for more than the last contract… So I guess what I want to say is that I am back in the game and trying to work up enthusiasm.
Yesterday I found a political ally has changed his views and is now working on legislation I strongly oppose. As Democrats in Idaho we have very little influence in how our state is run. When the Idaho’s education secretary proposed then succeeded in passing three laws that hurt Idaho’s children and teachers there was a bi-partisan outcry among the populace. The outcry was so great that the laws are up for a vote in December. Most of my ally’s and some of my usual political adversaries were working to change the laws. Yesterday I found that my friend is now going to be working for the other side. I am very sad. I was hoping that my friend would have helped us get rid of the bad legislation.
So this leads us to how we handle disappointment. In our field of real estate there is a lot of it… We have it in our personal life… We have it in our political life… So far I will admit to a pretty dismal start of my new year…
I had my suitcase full of money client where I could taste that commission check. I had a client decide it isn’t time to buy a home. I had a listing fail inspection and the buyer walked. I had to pull the listing and wait for repairs. My father had a stroke and needed help on a project. The old dog is peeing on the carpet again and her cough is coming back. I have no obvious clients in the pipeline… I was handling everything but my dad pretty well. But today I am disappointed. Perhaps I am sad because my friend seems to be what others have said in the past… But I thought better of him. What can I do? I need to think.
How do we handle disappointment in our lives and our business? Usually I just shrug it off and move to the next project… I go to the next client but as February begins I enter is with a heavy heart. Sometimes it is the move of one person. Maybe it is the accumulation. Maybe later today I will have figured out and have a new client. Maybe I will work harder to help with the voter referendum. Maybe I will drop everything and help dad in Israel in a month or so (or just visit him and his wife). I wish I could get paid for political or social work but alas I am a democrat in Idaho and the jobs are few and poorly paid. There is so much that could be improved if we had more money. I guess that is true in my real personal life. If I sold more houses I would have a more solid future. So how do I handle my disappointment and get on with my life and business?
I will get through it… I usually just suck it up and get on with it. I imagine that is what I will do today… I will go to the office and try to prospect for a bit. Does it hurt to make public disappointment?
So if you want someone who would serve you well give me a call. I can help with their real estate needs and I will be too busy to be disappointed and my outlook will change.