When a man suspected of drunk driving smashed through the front wall of their home in Waco, Texas, early Saturday morning, Kelly Downs and her husband, Ken, were sleeping in the master suite towards the rear of the house. The couple were unharmed, but according to Kelly, the violent incident was a long time coming. “It’s like the Wild West here. There’s been a lot of commotion coming from the bars and the store across the street,” she told the Waco Tribune of the neighborhood the couple moved to a year and a half ago. They had been selected to
Comments: There´s a good reason these homes are very inexpensive and need a lot of work - they are usually in a rough part of town. Live with it, snowflake.
Agree with above posters, my motto is "trust and verify". Besides, did you not notice the neighborhood when you drove up and walked property? Did you really agree to buy a house across from a bar and not expect problems now and then?
Did the Gaineses temporarily relocate the bars and stores when the buyers viewed the property? No? Then it was buyers´ responsibility to reject the property if they didn´t like the neighborhood. And as for its being like "the Wild West," well...
Oh the horror! /s In my time living in this house, there have been three one car wrecks. One took out a light pole next door, one took out a school crossing sign, and one tried to take out a giant pine tree (but lost). It´s a busy little piece of Route 66 and we try to be wary whenever the yard needs mowed. I don´t care where you live, somebody´s gonna dunk their car in your pool or take out your hydrangea bushes and the crepe myrtle. Ain´t nowhere safe, Muffy, git used to it.
So they moved to Waco specifically to live in a house rehabbed by the Gaines. Furthermore, they rent it out to people on vacation, and tell people it´s in a neighborhood that´s turning over. Sounds like they knew exactly what they were getting into.
"It´s like the Wild West here." Well, no kidding, snowflake - it´s Texas!
Wow! This snowflake stuff must be something in the air. Two adults and they need mommy and daddy to care care of the adult, married, baby chicks. Think you made a bad deal? Sell it and move on but whatever you decide, quit your whining or at least keep it private. When I was young but getting older, what I heard was son time for you to start growing up. You´re a man now (12-13) and each step you take, you take toward being the man you want to be. And remember, you become what you pretend. Now, I see far fewer young adults acting like adults. Too many acting like children, dressing that way, spending their lives that way. They became what they pretend - children.
The Downses’ house is at the end of North 19th Street’s “T” intersection with Alexander, and Kelly Downs said it isn’t the first time the neighborhood has had issues with drivers failing to stop.
Have a look at Google map for N. 19th Street and Alexander, Waco. The block opposite this house appears to be commercial, and there is something on the corner - the bar and market - that has a parking lot in front that wraps around on both streets.
The Downses found out why it was a bargain.
Re disclosure, some “defects" are self-evident (the bar and market said to be across the street would not have to be disclosed - anyone knows that bars are open late and noise is to be expected - and the T junction).
They ask why the Daines’s showed them that property. Realtors show everything. Defects are disclosed in the purchase documents. The obvious defects in this house’s location would be observable by anyone with a brain.
I´m totally confused. The story has always been that these "buyers" come to the Gaines´ with a home already purchased or at least under contract. The whole "show them 3 houses and then they make the decision" is just for the sake of the program. All decisions have been long made and the Gaines´ have nothing at all to do with that part.
The buyer also has to agree in advance to all the design decisions made by Joanna. That´s not such a stretch since she´s pretty good at what she does - if you love shiplap and kitchen islands!!
Somewhere or another I read the agreement that buyers sign with the program and the Gaines. It´s totally unambiguous.
This looks like a "deep pockets" kind of move. Can´t imagine what an attorney might expect of the production company unless they just figure to be paid a nuisance settlement to go away and stop causing negative publicity.
The Gaines present several houses in different locations to present to the buyers from which to choose. The buyers then make their own choice from the houses which they are shown and have toured personally. The Downs made their own choice.
This happened recently near me. A small house located at a junction in a nice neighborhood has a history of cars failing to stop at the traffic light and crashing straight into the house. Years ago, the owner put a gigantic rock out front as a barrier. The house was vacant for a long time, but was occupied by renters when a single car ran the light, hit the rock and was launched airborne, crashing through the roof. Alcohol was involved.
The damaged house was right next door to a house being renovated by Nicole Curtis for her show Rehab Addict.
It can happen anywhere. And, as others have pointed out, buying a house across from a bar has its own risks. I don´t see any culpability on the part of Fixer Upper.
Personal responsibility in Leftists is virtually nonexistent right now. It is not trendy to use your own eyes.
Attacking Christians and calling them money grubbers is very uncool. God expects His obedient to take care of themselves and their families. That is not money grubbing. That is called a work ethic.
I would say that 99.999% of America knows that you do not buy a property across from a drinking establishment. The Gaines do not talk you into buying a property, they leave that to you, or they work with you after you have bought a place already.
I saw this episode, and we agreed it was way too much money to put into a house in such a neighborhood. The camera shots were tight against the house, but you could still glimpse the less-than-thrilling houses on either side. And you could tell something commercial was nearby, but not what exactly. These people´s whining makes them sound like complete dorks. Full disclosure is part of real estate...der.
The people don´t always have a property already picked out. As far as the Gainses showing them property in such an area, they didn´t have to sign on the dotted line.
Had a friend put a down payment on a house I knew was in a high crime area...he didn´t have a clue. I told him to check the police reports for the last 6 months. He did and canceled the purchase.
DO your HOMEWORK, you never would guess that really nice house is a block away from a high crime ´source area´...as Willy Sutton said, I rob banks cause that´s where the Money Is. You buy a house near a high crime area and you become a HUGE target! Buyer Wake Up!
drive thru a neighborhood on the weekend and at night. knock on a few doors. talk to neighbors. do your homework. this is probably the biggest expenditure in your life - some people spend more time researching tires than they do a real estate deal...
Excuse me #6, "bible-quoting money grubbers" is going a bit too far. I am certain these two people have helped out many a people and put a lot of sweat equity into it too. Since calling them names seems to be your thing, what have you done to help out many a people and put sweat equity in?
I saw this episode and the homeowners were thoroughly dislikable people...especially the dullard woman with an attitude...and it did occur to me that when they picked this house on the spot that neighborhood apparently wasn´t important. The couple were presented as elite re: smarts, et al and this has about as much ring of authenticity as anything Chuck, the liar straight from hell, Shumer says on any given day and at any time.
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