Shelter From The Storm

2014 6-27 (55) Garden Walk(Excerpted from Chapter 3: Housing: Stickin’ it to the Matrix)

A big part of living like no one lives now is to reject sedentary living early and often.  Being nomadic gives you a chance to see different parts of this amazing world, while inculcating a healthy diligence towards the unnecessary and corrosive accumulation of “stuff”.

Historically, humans have not lived sedentary lives.  Indigenous peoples were all either nomadic or semi-nomadic.  Sedentary living emerged with the rise of modern agriculture.

Many an anthropological scholar has wrestled with the question as to why humans abandoned their relatively easy lives as hunters and gatherers and settled into lives as sedentary agriculturalists. Many scholars of the Sumerian clay tablets – the oldest written language known to man – are now arguing that this sudden transition to agricultural existence may have been forced upon humans by the Illuminati predecessor – and possibly blood relative – Annunaki space visitors from the distressed planet of Nubira. Interesting stuff!

A huge component of the matrix programmers’ master plan for keeping you a wage/debt slave is via shopping and material possessions. If you live in a big house, there’s lots of room to put all manner of needless possessions in it. God forbid your colossal house look empty.

How many people do you know who are living in a huge McMansion they hate, mired in debt, who refuse to entertain the option of moving on based on the burgeoning number of plastic storage bins appearing in their crammed garage?

Stuff keeps you staked to the ground like a tethered goat. The more you get, the less money you save, the more debt you grow, the more tied you are to a “job”.

The lack of mobility this creates cripples countless humans to a life of boredom and sameness. More importantly, it denies them the economic opportunities that arise with increased mobility. The biggest of these opportunities is in the arena of housing.

The first rule is to live in a small house. The one I live in now feels spacious and measures at 750 square feet. There’s less to clean, you have to pay for less energy, and it fosters the notion of simple living and brings a sense of humility to your existence.

As the Lakota proverb goes, “We are not much, but we are a whole lot more than nothing”.

Whether you rent or are buying your place on time, housing payments consume the majority of most people’s income.

The second rule is that the quicker you can own your house free and clear, the quicker your life will take a huge change for the better.

Everyone not born to money must rent for awhile to gather a down payment on property. Look for places that pay utilities as they can be better deals, especially with recent surges in electricity and other utility costs. With the recent downturn in the economy monthly hotels are sprouting up across the US.

These can be great deals because all bills are paid and the place is furnished, allowing you to sell furniture and other possessions before you move in, and to be more mobile on the way out when you will need to be mobile to find that place to buy.

If you’re single, better yet are flop houses or rooms in someone else’s house where you share a kitchen and bath. Rent is cheap, they too are often furnished and the bills are usually paid. I stayed in a series of these places before I was married.

You meet some very interesting people at these places too. One place I stayed at in Brookings, SD while attending college was full of Arabic-speaking agricultural engineering students from throughout the Middle East.

After we banked that $26,000 from our first “back-to-the-land” attempt, things were never the same. We bought and fixed up a few more properties, making money every time we sold.

In each case we spent hardly any money fixing the places up. Instead we used lots of elbow grease or “sweat equity”, as the bankers call it. Except there was no need to build “equity”, as after that first place, we always bought our houses with cash.

The first place was another trailer in a park where everyone owned their own lot. We spent $20,000 and sold it for $21,000. Yet we put hardly a dime into it and saved paying rent or a house note for those two years.

In 2001 as our dogs aged we knew we had to get back to the country to give them a peaceful place to pass on. Using the internet we found a place back in the Ozarks. It was a nice smaller 2 BR house on 20 Acres near Peace Valley, MO with an asking price of $59,900.

After we finally sold our house we loaded our $500 81’ Chevy Van and headed south. The day we arrived we discovered the place was going up for auction the next day. We were the only bidders and got the place for $49,900 cash.

In 2005 I saw the housing bust looming. So we had the prerequisite yard sales – which yielded $3000 in road cash – and put the place up for sale. Our boys had both passed peacefully and were able to live out there lives in a quiet country setting.

Yes, it was a bit difficult to leave our boys buried there and move on, but my understanding is that they came right along with us anyway.

Through lots of hard work – with no boss but ourselves – we had turned that place into a parked out garden paradise. We sold it for $117,500. After commissions for realtors and closing costs were paid we pocketed $60,000.

With that grubstake banked, we were one giant step closer to living our dream.

Because we lived there longer than two years owner-occupied, we were again exempt from owing any capital gains tax. This two-year time period is key to making money when buying, improving and selling real estate because this exemption is significant.

It also discourages “flipping”, which I believe to be immoral. When investing in housing, one should earn their money through honest hard work and improvements, not through laziness and sheer speculation. Otherwise you’re simply reinforcing the matrix paradigm.

Traveling light, we again hit the road, this time vagabonding through Panama, Costa Rica, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

When we returned to the Ozarks we knew the housing bust had only just begun, so rather than trading up, as many people look to do, we were looking to trade down.

We found a small older 1 BR house on 3 acres just two miles from Greer Spring and the National Scenic Eleven Point River and near the town of Alton, MO. Asking price was $49,900 completely furnished. We offered $40,000 and the seller refused. We let it sit awhile. Two weeks later we offered him $41,500 and he accepted.

We dug our gardens, planted fruit and net trees, landscaped with perennials, put in a new lagoon with the help of a backhoe and fixed the house some – mainly cosmetics.

When buying a house look for the proverbial diamond in the rough. The perfect example is a house that needs a paint job or sits on an overgrown lot or has junk strewn all over the yard, but IS STRUCTURALLY SOLID!

Remember that houses which have sat on the market a long time are the ones where the buyer will often be more willing to come down significantly on the price.

The rule with making that initial offer is that you should always start low. The worst the seller can do is to turn down the offer. Likely they will make a counter-offer. If not, raise your offer a bit. The lower your offers, the lower the eventual counter-offer you are likely to get. Be patient and don’t be rushed into a bad decision.

Don’t bother getting a home inspection. It’s just extra money spent and many of these clowns don’t know what they are doing anyway. But DO inspect the house and property thoroughly yourself. If you have a brother-in-law who’s a carpenter bring him along. Otherwise learn the ropes yourself as I did.

Start at the bottom of the house and work your way up. Check the foundation thoroughly for cracks, imperfections and moisture. If there is a crawl space make sure it is dry, then inspect the footings, sewer and water lines and where the electric and phone lines comes into the house. On the outside of the foundation, where it meets the siding, check for termites.

Next check the sewer, water and electric systems from inside the house by simply flushing the toilet, turning on water faucets and all lights and appliances. Inspect the breaker box to make sure all wires run inside walls from it and that there’s nothing else funky about it.

Look for any cracks in the sheet rock and for windows that open poorly as these may indicate shifts in the foundation. Move up to the ceiling and look for any cracks or water stains that indicate leaks in the roof.

Check the attic and crawlspace for insulation and inspect the roof trusses. Then go outside and inspect fascia and roof for problems. Make sure all outside water spigots have good pressure. Inspect the well and sewage system.

Make sure there are no easement issues, liens or other problems with the place. When you close on the property you should always get either title insurance or an abstract. When you have paid off the property make sure to get a warranty deed and make sure a copy gets filed at the county courthouse.

That’s about it.

After two and a half years at Alton, we put the place up for sale. After a year of listing with a realtor, we posted it ourselves on Craigslist. Within a month we sold it for $65,000.

Since the banks weren’t lending at that time in 2009, we financed the sale. At first I was hesitant, but the buyer’s put $10,000 down, agreed to keep it insured and have not missed a payment on their 15-year mortgage. The best part is that it provides us with a steady income of nearly $500/month.

When you buy a place, go through a realtor. The reality is that you simply gain access to many more listings than the much fewer and far between listings you’ll find for sale by owner. Keep your eyes open for these too, of course, but realtors can all access the MLS database for their area and can show you everything for sale in the area by ALL realtors.

How you sell a place really depends on your location and situation. I’ve had good luck both ways. If you live in the boonies you may try a realtor as they can bring people to you from urban centers. If, on the other hand you are trying to sell that first or second shotgun shack or trailer in town, you may try to sell it yourself so that the little bit of profit you make doesn’t all go to the realtor’s commission. These commissions are often negotiable.

Insurance is one of the biggest scams known to man. Whenever we’ve owner-occupied a place we’ve never once bought property insurance. I didn’t buy car insurance until they required you have it to register a car. Over those 15 years I ran outlaw, I saved thousands of dollars. We don’t have health insurance either.

Screw big pharma, the hospital cartel, greedy doctors and the insurance mafia protection racket. These vampires should be avoided whenever possible, if not shot before firing squad.

When we have serious dental or medical needs we go to dentists in Argentina or doctors in Thailand or a pharmacy in Katmandu – where you can buy any medicine available for a hundred times cheaper than the US price due to the price controls on drug companies which nearly every other nation in the world imposes. You can also buy the medicine over the counter and without some high-priced Illuminati doctor writing you his condescending, insulting and many times dead wrong prescription.

Yes, you take a chance not having insurance, but you have to take some calculated prudent risks in this world to get ahead or you never will. The whole concept of insurance is a fear-based protection racket founded by the Knights Templar. The first insurance company in America was the Freemason-affiliated Modern Woodmen of America. What more do you need to know?

In the case of property insurance the key is to buy a cheap house in town or better yet a large piece of property in the country with a small house on it. This way if something happens to the house, which wasn’t worth a mint because it was small, you still own the property and other improvements such as well, septic, etc.

This all fits well with the key to making money on housing, which is to start by buying something at the low end of the market that you can pay off in a few years or less. If this requires moving out of a high housing-cost area to the boondocks of Western North Dakota or northern Mississippi or here in the Ozarks, just do it.

By now you should have paid off all your credit card debt and been working overtime to save that grubstake of money for a down payment.  Search the country by internet for low-priced housing options, quit your meaningless job and hit the road Jack!

Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries,Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel.  You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column


3 responses to “Shelter From The Storm

  1. Breathe! I’ve bin sayin that for eva!!!
    Thanks 🙂

  2. you lost me at Annuki, a made up name used by Z Sitchin, who was sponsored by Rockefeller….

  3. God bless ya’ Dean Henderson. Well said! I’ve seen animals make mistakes before, but to screw up royally, nothing compares to a person who’s been taught to think that he’s thinking. Real clever.

    It is a bit underwhelming by comparison….

    The works of man compared to the works of our Creator, I mean. It’s damn depressing to even consider such master work as having been done by blind, dumb accident. I mean, look at how man scrambles to copy Creation. He spends trillions of dollars and still doesn’t even know where to begin to copy the simplest of the simple among God’s works. Many have seen the video, ”inner life of a cell”, by Harvard, on youtube.

    That video alone shows that Darwin was smoking crack to “believe” (faith. it’s everywhere) that the single cell was merely a simple micro packet of protoplasmic goo. As so many among the scientific ‘intelligentsia’ believed for so long.

    So, if even the simplest form of “life”, the single cell, is so amazingly complicated….like a veritable city….Containing machines, cogs, levers, sprockets, highly efficient, self assembling highways, timely trash collectors, “sky scrapers”, even bipedal organisms walking upright on those highways, hauling giant (by comparison) bags of cargo……Then where does that leave man as the supposed “pinnacle” of evolution? As he is no where near as “wise” as his parts, let alone the sum of them. If man’s focused wisdom doesn’t even know where to begin to duplicate the simplest component of life in it’s smallest, humblest form, then it explains much in the way of his legacy of fallen empires. As God said, it does not belong to man who is walking, even to direct his step. Yet Who governs the steps of those trillions of tiny two legged organisms walking upright in each of our cells long before the term “homo erectus” was so assumedly misapplied? Why do they slave away day after day, century after century… keep us walking upright?

    When I see the dismal array of technological, circular logic devices entrenched within institutionalized “education”, cwhoreporations, politics, and the military industrial complex, I compare them to the simplest of God’s works and sometimes cannot decide whether to cry or chuckle.

    Why does God demand faith? He says that without it, it is impossible for man to please Him well. Look at how fast man’s “mightiest” works have fallen as soon as the people stop believing. In the powers that be. In one another….losing “Faith”. Faith IS balance, and cannot exist without love. And God IS LOVE. Faith is the only currency by which one may afford to buy time itself! I’ve witnessed the simplest acts of resolute faith, change lives. Change nations. Even the direction of the planet for a time. Yet we remain so fickle. So judgmental….for faith without accurate knowledge is most corrosive. Emotive faith, guided by one’s simplistic heart, can be treacherous indeed. Faith guided by reason and motivated by love is at the very core of the science of sentience.

    I find it sadly, ironically hypocritical that men are so quick to judge God. Decrying His requirement of “faith”. When those same men demand faith from their marriage partners, their children, friends, strangers, even the family dog. How far does an army travel without faith? Not very. The chains of command the world over demand deaf dumb and blind obedience daily. Their blood sacrifices of themselves and their victims no matter the shifting quick sands of relativistic “moral high ground” of the moment…..produce what? And yet many of these cannot, or will not, see the value of the blood sacrifice of Christ Himself.

    “No greater love can a man have, but to lay down his life for a friend” – Jesus Christ

    And He proved it.

    Anyone. Anyone at all can give up his life blood for another. It is done all the time. It is remarkably easy to give up life, or take it, in the heat of the moment. The real sacrifice is in LIVING one’s life for others. As it requires MUCH more dedication and faith. And this, Christ did as well. Teaching those who remain teachable, the ONLY way into the Kingdom that Lasts. Mankind’s science, even at it’s best, is merely the arrogant, assumptive, and clumsy deconstruction, or to be generous, the ‘reverse engineering’ of….F A I T H

    For all is belief. All that we experience is based upon belief. Beliefs change, grow, or whither every day, based upon new knowledge. And still, despite all that he has squandered, sacrificing the many to satisfy the few….Godless mankind doesn’t really have a clue as to what he’s made of. Or what, or Who, made Him.

    “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25:2

    “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20

    They could see quite well, the hand of God at work in nature, millennia ago. We who now have the foretold abilities to see much deeper and further into His works should be able to see the forest for the trees at least as well….but what blinds us today? Why do we repeat the same fatal mistakes as our ancestors?

    Who dares call Him a Tyrant Who achieved a Masterfully balanced kingdom, and has held it? Is it a tyrant who built this once cosmic Island Paradise to be shared and enjoyed by many? Man even now seeks to copy His creator by creating a “man” in our own image. One with sentience. Self awareness. Is it a coincidence that man started out creating robotic bugs and onward and upward, adjusting his focus toward duplicating himself in lower form…..just as God said He did?
    I’ll tell you this, no bigger a fool is found than the one that, should he attain the mastery….creates sentient beings like himself and then allows them to proliferate in his own domain, untested. No. Before allowing such, the wise “scientist” would have them tested thoroughly in a lower realm before admitting them into His Kingdom.

    Tell me, what are the correct latitudes of balance? Balance maintained, balance lost and balance restored?

    “It does not belong to man who is walking, even to direct his step”.
    What happens then, when a man sincerely asks his Maker to direct His steps? Ask Him, meaningfully, in Christ and see if He is not Who He said He is.

    While time remains to do so.

    Good Journies

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