By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Remember privacy? It’s what most Americans enjoyed a few decades ago. Today, it’s elusive and rare. It’s simple for any of us to find just about anyone with a few clicks on a keyboard.

In an effort to reduce the solicitations for carpet cleaning, bogus tax filing services, mortgage insurance scams and such, I tried to make the information on my recent home purchase a little more private. The result was somewhat effective.

How do these companies and salespeople find out you’ve purchased a property? It’s highly unlikely that they got it from the title company or real estate broker. We don’t share information with third parties unless we must. Government entities are about the only ones we disclose details.

However, property owner information is public and online in Texas. Our county tax appraisal sites allow people to search the owner of a property by property address or owner name. It’s pretty hard to make your ownership information private on those county web sites. But, I’ll explain how below:

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Survivors Will be shot

I get the message: you are not welcome here! While perusing neighborhoods this weekend, I came across this very interesting “No Trespassing” sign in front of a home at 6626 Talmadge Lane, in-between Hillcrest and Preston, south of Churchill Way. The home is 15,629 square feet and was, I believe, the object of neighbor concern when it was built about three years ago, because it was large, and was built with a huge basement. But build it this homeowner did, as is his/her right. I hope these signs are not meant for the neighbors. You cannot read the last lines of the sigh here, but it says “violators will be shot, survivors will be shot again.”

Surely they are kidding?

What do you think about this sign? Took it with my iphone snug inside my car on the public street. Given all that has happened in our country in the last few months — the Boston Marathon bombing, the Kaufmann County murders, and three women being kept prisoner in a Cleveland man’s home for ten years… in my opinion, this may not be the best way to play Welcome Wagon.

Then again, this is the wild, wild west!

 

Survivors Will be shot

I get the message: you are not welcome here! While perusing neighborhoods this weekend, I came across this very interesting “No Trespassing” sign in front of a home at 6626 Talmadge Lane, in-between Hillcrest and Preston, south of Churchill Way. The home is 15,629 square feet and was, I believe, the object of neighbor concern when it was built about three years ago, because it was large, and was built with a huge basement. But build it this homeowner did, as is his/her right. I hope these signs are not meant for the neighbors. You cannot read the last lines of the sigh here, but it says “violators will be shot, survivors will be shot again.”

Surely they are kidding?

What do you think about this sign? Took it with my iphone snug inside my car on the public street. Given all that has happened in our country in the last few months — the Boston Marathon bombing, the Kaufmann County murders, and three women being kept prisoner in a Cleveland man’s home for ten years… in my opinion, this may not be the best way to play Welcome Wagon.

Then again, this is the wild, wild west!