It is true, my personal experiance:
I bought property outside a large city in Texas.
I used a local realestate agent, bought from a local developer and used the local title company at closing.
Hidden issues about the property were not disclosed, the real-estate agent did not proptect my interests. the title company attempted to drop the
mineral rights off the contract at closing. I caught that and everyone treated me like I was a pain in the *ss. I made them put the mineral rights
5 months later I get an offer for an oil and gas lease on my property. An offer i would never have received if I had trusted my agent and title
company in looking out for me.
The local appraisal district attempted to raise my property value 45% in one year. Naively, I used a property tax consultant recommended by the
developer. He did nothing. After an argument with him, he wrote me a letter that I could "talk to the chief appraiser but don't bad mouth him or
his firm because he was best friends with the chief appraiser from way back". I fought. The appraisal district concealed info from me and lied
under oath at the protest hearing. I filed a freedom of information act and got the info that was concealed. I fought. I filed in district court
(pro-se/defending myself). I played a decent game and settled out of court.
My neighbor was foreclosed on due property tax delinquency. His land was triple the appraised value of everyone else on the road.
It feels like my phone has been monitered, my mail was routinely opened, I have been followed. A dog has been shot and left dead at the ditch infront
of our land.
That property tax consultant who used to have a very small firm, now has a large one in the city. The developer is quite a bit bigger now.
I won't tell everyone to fight. It can be very scary for most.
I'm an Ex-Marine. Many would think I'm slightly pyscho.
I am always armed. I patrol my property. I am a rifle and pistol expert. I did MMA before it was called MMA. At night I carry a Mossberg 500 with
a redot sight and a suppressed (and licensed) glock 9mm. I own the night.
Would you expect any less from a Marine?
If you do fight, here is a few things to help.
Concentrate on the public officials.
Corruption needs a signature. Mundane records in the beaurocracy contain the signature and approvals required to legally steal from people. Freedom
of Information Acts get those signatures. Bring pressure on one person hard to expose the others.
Divide and Conquer.
It is what they do to you every day of your life. Flip it on them. Find ways to divide them, usually saving their own skin is easiest. Play the
crediblilty of one agency against the other.
Individuals are feared when they are unkown. You don't always have to attack every opening right away. try to show as much strength as possible
when you're weak. When you have a strong hand conceal it until you need to use it.
Kept up as much pressure on them that you think you can sustain. People crack and break under pressure. Most of them really are weak, they haven't
had to work as hard as you, corruption is the easy road. Recoginze that weak people are attracted to corruption, make it hard for them and they will
crack sooner than you will.
My fight's been 2 years running. I'm not done yet.
I've got a few things up my sleave and I am sure they do also.
My Username is, in part, a product of this fight.