Don’t Always Believe Your Luck: Read the Fine Print!

Read the Fine Print
By, Nan Claire Falkner

Simon could barely contain himself: “I bought a twenty room mansion for a buck!” The only picture provided showed a patio by the pool with a palm tree. The topographical map showed many fences (he thought) surrounding the house. – It was so simple!

On the way to his new property, he reminded himself how lucky he was to be in the right place at the right time on the courthouse steps to buy a whole house!

His jaw dropped as he turned the corner and read the back of the the bill of sale: “Back taxes due now $28,906!”



63 thoughts on “Don’t Always Believe Your Luck: Read the Fine Print!

  1. Now let me see … Hummmm … I am thinking here … I GOT IT … “If I was Simon, think I would invite a my friends over – and have a bone fire and roast so hot dogs.” That would probably be the best solution. What do you think?

    • Dear Chris, Thanks for stopping by. Yea, a 20 room mansion for a buck! Really good deal – even if it’s a dollar – the taxes are steep! Thanks for stopping by and reading about “Simple Simon!” Mom 🙂

  2. If it looks too good to be true… mind, that’s a pretty fair price for a 20 room mansion (unless it’s a bit knackered like the one in the photo!).

    • Dear Kent, Thanks for reading this story – I think that Simon, being simple, just didn’t have quite what it takes to flip houses intelligently! Have a great day! Nan 🙂

  3. I think maybe the back taxes must have at least a one million before the $28,906 to make it a bad deal. I’d rather be Simon than Perry this week (or probably every week), but it shows we’re starting to think alike, Nan, which ought to be very scary to you!

    • Dear Hafong, Thank you for stopping by! I’ll have to check into Detroit – but if you have to pay the back taxes, then it’s not a good deal! Have a great week! Nan 🙂

  4. Still–back taxes are a steal if the place is in any sort of decent shape. Heck, I’d take a deal like that any day! 🙂

    Actually, I had a landlord who picked up most of his properties this way. He was an interesting fellow, always biting off just a little more than he could chew but always patient with others when they ran behind or short of cash. He even gave me a part-time job for a while when times got a little rough.

    Thanks for all the memories.


    Marie Gail

  5. The back taxes sound like they might just be the beginning of it, Nan. When we were travelling in Provence a local told us about a huge castle on the hill that sold for 1 euro. But it took millions of euros to fix it up enough to be habitable. Hope your character doesn’t have the same problem.

    • Dear Sandra – been there and done that before – unfortunately. Simon thinks everything is so simple – but it isn’t. That’s how he got his nickname! Have a wonderful week! Nan 🙂

  6. I agree with Sandra, Alicia, Bjorn and a few others. Quick re-list the house and hope that there’s another “no read the fine print fellow” like yourself who’ll want to steal it.

    but flip it like everyone else – ask for $2.00.

    I happen to have a great opportunity on a bridge when you’re ready.


  7. Nan, I was thinking like Russell that the back taxes were just the beginning. This house is probably also a money pit. He better hire an advisor in future, if he can afford it. Humorous and well written as usual. 🙂 —Susan

  8. Yeah, I would be looking for the catch too with a deal like that. Although, if he’s buying the house for 28,000, that’s not too bad. It’s too bad to have to take out a mortgage just to pay his taxes though. 🙂

  9. Great job Nan! What a unique take on this prompt!

    Lol —- nothing to laugh at … but still, the “fine print” gets to us every time — perhaps we should carry around reading glasses or magnifying loops, whether we need them or not? 😉

    Very well crafted story!

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