Posted by Rich on March 27, 2006 at 09:46:55:
I just read a quote from Penn of the comedy team Penn & Teller where he said that he once thought the way to make sure things worked out was to have a really good contract. Now he believes that contracts aren’t worth the paper they are written on, that the way to make sure things go well is to only do business with people you’d trust on a handshake. Reagan once said about trusting the Soviets to fulfill treay obligations: trust but verify.
The impression I get from reading a lot of these posts is that many of the people here aren’t honest enough to do a handshake deal with because they treat their agreements (contracts, including lender Notes) as something that only really binds the other party. I have had tenants do that, figuring it was too expensive to waste time chasing them down. I always send them to collections and wack their credit reports because I see it as a service to other owners who do their due dilligence- so they won’t get suckered.