Maths in property

As a mathematics professor I have always found that shopping is the most arduous task in our society today. House closing rarely takes into account basic mathematical precision that would allow for easier agreements to be reached. It’s difficult to display exactly how frequently this occurs but I’ll do my best by telling you about my latest experience with house rental in the great state of Oklahoma.

When I was last searching for  houses to rent I came across a beautiful property and fell in love right away. It had everything I wanted. A Playroom for the kids, a swimming pool for the wife, and a fire pit for me.  All these thing we first read about in Skymall and, of course, wanted for ourselves. I drew the line at the replica sarcophagus coffee table.

We progress through many stages of meetings, after one month we were adjusting closing costs when my broker informs me,  the current owners were adjusting the price bye $5000 for furniture in the home. I made the argument a two part response. Firstly, I said I do not want your furniture. Secondly, it is inconceivable that your bed and sofa were worth $5000. I countered with the offer of individual pricing per item totaling somewhere around $1500. When they scoffed I had no problem walking away from the deal
Another example is when my brother purchased his very first home. It had to do with bills and receipts of previous tenants’ electricity and gas bills. When my brother moved in, he was billed immediately for a year is negligent payments. It took three weeks of e-mails and threatening letters to reach a resolution that did not cost my brother anything but his time. Very luckily for him. If a mathematics-based system could surplant the often arbitrary system we have today we would be much better off.

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