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Yeah but then you'd have Clooney and Pitt, leaching off you all the time.

Still, a little closer to Pagani:D


They're further north, thankfully. I like the Tuscany area, rural yet central, with lots of paved curvy roads.

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So, if you bought that house you would become an ass breeder? tongue.gif

I don't believe we'd get to keep the donkeys, my wife is curious about that too. The prospect of owning a stable of fine ass(es) seems to greatly appeal to her. An interesting thing is that it seems to also come with husband and wife caretakers/servants, who are kind of "attached" to the place, like in Scotland. I'm not sure that parts of Europe realize that serfdom ended centuries ago. redface.gif As a foreigner who wouldn't be a permanent resident, <183 days each year, I'd be liable for a 3.5% tax each year on 75% of the property value, and utility taxes (they look okay), but that's it. That's not much more than what I pay in TN, and less than Fla or the UK.
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I know a couple of different fooodies/wine enthusiasts that have rented Tuscan villas for 1-2 weeks for vacations, family reunions, enthusiast meets, etc. Some of the places came with a caretaker couple that would do all the cooking, chauffeur service, etc. I always thought that would be a kick-@ss vacation, or a great retirement business. One serious foodie guy I know that had a family reunion at a villa said that each morning the caretaker would drive them into a town, they would shop for food, then they would cook together all afternoon with Mama caretaker. The villa came with a fully stocked wine cellar loaded with local wines, and they had a price list for each bottle. He said it was a trip of a lifetime for a foodie.

Now, combine that with trips to the Maranello & Modena factories for the car nuts - and I think you have yourself a heck of a business model!!
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They're further north, thankfully. I like the Tuscany area, rural yet central, with lots of paved curvy roads.
I don't believe we'd get to keep the donkeys, my wife is curious about that too. The prospect of owning a stable of fine ass(es) seems to greatly appeal to her. An interesting thing is that it seems to also come with husband and wife caretakers/servants, who are kind of "attached" to the place, like in Scotland. I'm not sure that parts of Europe realize that serfdom ended centuries ago. redface.gif As a foreigner who wouldn't be a permanent resident, <183 days each year, I'd be liable for a 3.5% tax each year on 75% of the property value, and utility taxes (they look okay), but that's it. That's not much more than what I pay in TN, and less than Fla or the UK.


How is the property value assessed? Is it pure purchase price or some arcane Italian formula going back to the days of the Borgias?

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You pay them in olive oil, gladiator slaves and these:

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I think I've decided that the primary reason I dislike my commuter car is that the range sucks. Getting 30 MPG is good, but only getting a little over 300 miles between fill-ups is annoying. The specs say it is a 12.8 gal tank, but it seems like the reserve light comes on much sooner.

Yesterday I had a scare on the freeway - not a crash, but almost another ticket. I was motoring along at ~80 MPH when a guy in a van went past me. I didn't think much of it, but a minute or so later I glanced in my rear view mirror and saw a dot that looked like a Highway Patrol. I slowed, but I thought it was odd that my radar detector was silent - usually the CHiPs are blasting away with continuous Ka band. The CHiP followed me in my lane for a little while, then accelerated quickly towards me, and I thought I was toast. But then he went around me and kept accelerating. A mile later, he had the white van pulled over - and my radar detector started alerting before I passed them - but NOT from that CHiP - there was ANOTHER CHiP just a little ways down the road with his radar on. I'm not sure, but I think the two guys were tag teaming. One was running chase, and the other one was running the radar and waiting for someone to come over the hill. Sneaky SOBs...
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Could be worse, billy.



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aaaand, they're gone. confused.gif I came home to find that my neighbors, the ones being evicted, are all gone. I don't know the specifics but apparently their things are gone too, aside from the tons junk and garbage strewn all over the yard, but that's normal, the place has always looked like that.
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aaaand, they're gone. confused.gif I came home to find that my neighbors, the ones being evicted, are all gone. I don't know the specifics but apparently their things are gone too, aside from the tons junk and garbage strewn all over the yard, but that's normal, the place has always looked like that.


So when's demolition?

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aaaand, they're gone. confused.gif I came home to find that my neighbors, the ones being evicted, are all gone. I don't know the specifics but apparently their things are gone too, aside from the tons junk and garbage strewn all over the yard, but that's normal, the place has always looked like that.


Any of the neighbours know how it went? Perhpas they just skulked off into the night. Speaking of which keep a close eye out for a few days just in case they make a trip back.

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I'm watching the Mecum Kissimmee coverage on NBC Sports right now. Is that the one from just a month or two ago?

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I think I've decided that the primary reason I dislike my commuter car is that the range sucks. Getting 30 MPG is good, but only getting a little over 300 miles between fill-ups is annoying. The specs say it is a 12.8 gal tank, but it seems like the reserve light comes on much sooner.

Yesterday I had a scare on the freeway - not a crash, but almost another ticket. I was motoring along at ~80 MPH when a guy in a van went past me. I didn't think much of it, but a minute or so later I glanced in my rear view mirror and saw a dot that looked like a Highway Patrol. I slowed, but I thought it was odd that my radar detector was silent - usually the CHiPs are blasting away with continuous Ka band. The CHiP followed me in my lane for a little while, then accelerated quickly towards me, and I thought I was toast. But then he went around me and kept accelerating. A mile later, he had the white van pulled over - and my radar detector started alerting before I passed them - but NOT from that CHiP - there was ANOTHER CHiP just a little ways down the road with his radar on. I'm not sure, but I think the two guys were tag teaming. One was running chase, and the other one was running the radar and waiting for someone to come over the hill. Sneaky SOBs...

Cough take the beemer before the wife gets it Cough :tongue:

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Yes, I believe it was this year's Kissimmee.


So, skinny is the neighbors left when the police arrived with weapons and a judicial writ. However, it appears they have a plan, because they're very clever. wink.gif They trashed the house and practically gutted it, believing that when the auction takes place they can buy the place back for cheap (though only God knows where they'd find money to do that). Wow, what a fantastic idea!
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Cough take the beemer before the wife gets it Cough :tongue:


Yeah sure just watch out for...

 

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Yes, I believe it was this year's Kissimmee.


So, skinny is the neighbors left when the police arrived with weapons and a judicial writ. However, it appears they have a plan, because they're very clever. wink.gif They trashed the house and practically gutted it, believing that when the auction takes place they can buy the place back for cheap (though only God knows where they'd find money to do that). Wow, what a fantastic idea!


Just throw ONE big bid and finish it off.

 

BOOM HEADSHOT!!

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There is no bid, I'm writing the check today. I'm about to leave for the bank to meet with my attorney right now. biggrin.gif
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