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1  Tax Sale Forum / General / Re: RUN RUN RUN Simcoe on: April 06, 2019, 07:46:40 PM
  Everyone on this board, member or visitor, owes you a beer, at least, and let your liver beware.  Thank you.
2  Sheriff Sales / Foreclosures / General Discussion / Re: Municipalities, pain in the ass on: January 18, 2019, 07:36:56 PM
  Welcome back, Bee.

  I think I would call them, and ask, very nicely, how one goes about filing a freedom of information application. I think that would get their attention, and indicate your DFWM attitude.

  Good luck, and keep us informed.
3  Sheriff Sales / Foreclosures / General Discussion / Re: Happy Holiday Season on: December 25, 2018, 07:52:48 PM
 Amen to that, & best wishes to all for 2019.
4  Sheriff Sales / Foreclosures / General Discussion / 138 Lakeshore Dr., Wheatley on: September 17, 2018, 06:25:50 PM
  138 Lakeshore Dr., Wheatley looks like it could be a nice win for someone within travelling distance. No one is posting, so Dave2 must be holding his continuous beer bashes again!

5  Tax Sale Forum / Off Topic / Re: Is this website in the doldrums?? on: May 22, 2018, 05:36:53 PM

  Actually, BW uses a picture of Frank. but it's an old poicture, so I had to add some age to it.
6  Tax Sale Forum / Off Topic / Re: Is this website in the doldrums?? on: May 21, 2018, 07:37:54 PM

  Is Curtis, aka guy from the hills, also the guy from the Mountain? I thought he fell off a cliff. It may not have been Apsley, but I believe it was up around that area; this would be 8 or 10 years ago, perhaps a bit more. What with all of Dave's beer, you may not still have it in memory. As far as the picture goes, I did a mental adjustment for time that has passed.
7  USA Tax Sale Forums / New York State / Upcoming auctions by the public administrator queens county NY on: May 18, 2018, 06:47:31 PM
  Here's the URL, and you can subscribe. Explore the site; it is interesting.
8  Tax Sale Forum / Off Topic / Re: Is this website in the doldrums?? on: May 18, 2018, 12:07:37 PM
9  Tax Sale Forum / Off Topic / Is this website in the doldrums?? on: May 17, 2018, 06:09:54 PM
  Logging on, this morning, I thought this website was in the doldrums, but then I see, at the bottom of the main page, a high of 251 viewers, all at the same time, today! That's a lot of people. If we were all in the same coffee shop, at the same time, you wouldn't be able to hear yourself think. And yet no new postings, day after day.  One can post almost anything on this site, as there are a number of areas where you can look at other provinces, US tax sales, leave us a note about your cat, or your weasel (of a neighbour), or your toenail. There will be someone out there who will be interested. Tell us about your sad or happy experience in buying or selling property. Tell us how you became independently wealthy almost over night, Dave2. Tell us how you lost your shirt, and are too cold to post until at least 3 pm, Frank.

  Incidently, Frank, you mentioned, in a post about 6 or 8 years ago, that you had not had personal contact with any board members at that time. Unbeknownst to you, I saw you just minutes before a tax sale bids opening in, I think, Apsley, and recognized you instantly, from your picture on this site, but was overtaken by a bout of shyness, and, later, after the opening was finished, I could not find you. Ships in the night.

  This board has everything: opportunities to make money, or go broke, mystery, romance (possibly), love, hate, (both sure things), Drama (you always spell Drama with a capital D), suspense, joy, tears, excitement, history-making legal cases, advice, bad advice, spelling mistakes, it has it all!  BUT we cannot go forward unless we make an effort to post, now and then. And you can do this in the provacy (See? I told you!) of your home, in Timmy's, in the pub, and even (heaven forfend) in the bathroom, but please keep the last part to yourself.

  As Mickey Roonie used to say, waddya say folks? We got a free barn, shall we put on a play?
10  Tax Sale Forum / General / Re: I was wondering what happened in the last Quinte West taxsale and had an idea on: May 01, 2018, 02:09:21 PM
  Seriously, are the results not available from the municipality?
11  Tax Sale Forum / General / Re: I was wondering what happened in the last Quinte West taxsale and had an idea on: April 30, 2018, 11:33:34 AM
  OK, OK, just 5 times more, then!
12  Tax Sale Forum / Member Experiences / Re: How do you persuade the boss on: April 12, 2018, 11:58:21 AM
  If they would let you cut it up for scrap, where it sits, could you make a profit?
13  Tax Sale Forum / Questions and Answers / Re: I missed something! on: March 12, 2018, 08:44:57 AM
  First, let me say that anything Dave2, or any other member, says, must be considered as a trick to keep other members from bidding, or else a ploy to obtain free beer. Seriously, I was just giving examples of how 2 people turned a nice profit, because they asked the right questions of the right people. Just because someone in authourity says "no" doesn't mean that they are truthful, or that they are the final arbiter.

  Dave2, your favourite (green) day is happening, this coming weekend, is it not?
14  Tax Sale Forum / Questions and Answers / Re: I missed something! on: March 08, 2018, 11:15:28 AM
  Years ago, i was talking to a guy who had searched out a defunct marina, somewhere around Peterborough, because he was too cheap to pay the boat storage fees for his sailboat. After parking (squatting) there for a few years, he got curious about the marina, found out that no one wanted it, asked questions in various Ontario gov't offices, got the right guy, who told him the main concern expressed, in the old paper work, was gasoline contamination, and told him that all he had to do was excavate the old tank location until water started seeping in, then have someone from his office drive up & do a visual check: if no shiny petroleum product was floating on the water surface, they could sign off that there was no contamination. He checked around, and found a guy working a backhoe, just a few blocks away, told him he needed a 15'-20' hole, and the operator said he'd dig it, on Thursday,  for two cases of beer. He called the Ontario gov't guy, who said "I'm heading for the cottage, so I'll going right past there tomorrow afternoon. I'll bring the form with me, and stop by". In the end, this guy, who turned out to be a shifty character, bought the marina for less than the price of a cottage lot! And made a small fortune when he sold it a few years later!

  I had an experience, decades ago, when I found a weeded 1/2 acre lot, in an industrial area of Oshawa, that had an old two storey house on it, that badly needed repair. Talked to the wrong guy in the city building dep't, who said the house was condemned, and must be torn down, and could not be fixed up. I walked away. 4 months later, a fellow bought it, got a building permit, rebuilt all the walls, one section at a time, ran his business from that house for 8 - 10 years, and then sold it for $250,000. The sale would have taken place in the mid '80s, when a $250k was big money.

  I turned to practicing how to kick my own butt.

  The morale of the story is, check everything, & talk to people. Then, talk to more people. Early in my foray into the tax sale hobby, there was an old property, south-east of Hamilton, that appeared to have been an auto wrecking yard, or possibly a body shop or used car dealer. It was contaminated with buried tires, and oil. I talked to a Hydrogeologist, who told me that all I had to do was excavate and remove the tires, and spread the contaminated dirt so it was exposed to the sun. It would take some time, but the only expense was turning the dirt, and getting a Hydro-G to sign off after testing. In the end I let it go, because of distance issues, but it was ok for the right person.

  Question everyone, and don't accept the first answer.
15  Tax Sale Forum / Questions and Answers / Re: I missed something! on: February 19, 2018, 11:14:45 AM
  We are /were building our retirement home, out Trenton way;after detailed discussion, I hired a "contractor" to build our ICF bungalow, with radiant heat, etc. He screwed up the footings(!), got fired, and I hired local chaps to work with me. It was difficult, so I hired a real, professional contractor. he was a profession in "quick & dirty & wrong", so he got fired too. Now I am doing it myself, with 2 good guys, but injuries are slowing me down. Ah, well.
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