Small town funny story...

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Back story:  I recently moved back to Ohio to the town I grew up in, to live closer to family and also to get involved in investment real estate, in an area I know pretty well.  This is some weird "small town" weirdness that has happened to me lately...

I separately call an attorney I went to HS with to meet up and a real estate investor who is related to one of my old HS teachers, who is going to discuss the local market with me. Investor gets back to me first, so I set up the lunch with investor. While I'm on the way to lunch with Investor, Attorney calls me back, because investor got his JD and works for attorney now in his practice, mentioned he was having lunch with me, and it reminded him to call me and set up a dinner meeting. We schedule dinner. At dinner, during conversations about real estate, attorney tells me about a possible investment house who the owner may be interested in talking to me about. He gives the owner my number. Owner calls me yesterday leaves VM. I drive by house, it looks pretty good, but I couldn't get time to call the owner back and planned to do so today. But first, today I meet a Realtor (one of several whose listings I like and seems to do a lot of business) to interview her. Turns out I went to HS with her unknowingly and my mom had her in 4th grade class. We get to talking and her appointment right after mine is with owner of investment house who left me the VM. When she leaves Starbucks to go meet him I call him and tell him I can meet up this afternoon. As I am on the phone, the attorney who gave him my phone number in the first place walks past me, says hi, and goes into Starbucks to get coffee.

Oh, and the original investor was also the realtor's step dad for a time...  

Small towns...

LOL! Even if you hadn't said so, I could tell that you had recently moved there. Once you've been there a while none of that will seem weird, it will be "normal".

@Marc H.

Haha, Awesome story. I moved just north of Columbus a couple of years ago so I know what you mean. What part of Ohio are you investing in?

NW of Columbus area and looking around all over, but I have a few leads in town so I'm going to start with those.

I got to tour the house this afternoon.  I can only describe it as the most organized hoarder house I have ever been in.

It sounds like you have landed in the small town I was born in. Thank god my father rode the rails and found a job in California during the Great Depression and I was forever  grateful for the Crash of 1929. 

It was a everybody's business is everybody's business type of town. When I used to go back to visit in the summer it really got to me, privacy and confidentiality were not in the towns vocabulary. Wanted to spread the word just tell two people in the morning and everyone would know by dinner. My grandfather called it a grandson visiting, but to me it was called a grandson being an unpaid farm hand for 3 months. 

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