This is purely hypothetical but what if you lived in the beautiful community of Argyle and Bartonville and…
What if you were working in your yard one day and a stranger pulled up in your driveway and asked if you were the yard help or if you lived there in the beautiful home with the beautiful yard that is surrounded by hidden gas wells, compressor stations and near a gas processing plant?
And what if, upon learning that you are the homeowner not the yard help, she starts asking you questions about why homes in your neighborhood are so cheap and shows particular interest in the “Just Say No to Urban Gas Drilling” sign in your yard?
So, what if you explain the meaning of the sign and that possibly the homes are devalued because they were developed by a retired doctor in an area with a lot of drilling activity, which is like a heavy industrial zone with acreage and million dollar houses sprinkled around?
And then, after answering the woman’s questions honestly, what if you learned that she was looking at a home for sale in that very same neighborhood, which is the first you’ve heard of any homes for sale?
Would you be surprised to find a letter in your mailbox from the homeowner’s attorney threatening to sue you for damages because the house didn’t sale and for any reduction in the value of the home?
If something like this ever happened, here is the map of my thought process:
- Because we live in the Barnett Shale, are we now required to lie to anyone who might ask us questions about our neighborhood even when we are standing in our own front yard?
- Does living in the Barnett Shale exempt homeowners from the disclosure laws that exist for real estate sales?
- Does diminished property value now come from neighbors talking about gas drilling rather than from the gas drilling and production all around?
This probably didn’t really happen. It’s just too ridiculous.
I had to update this post with a graphic and silly but pertinent video.