I have lived in this town my whole life, and just about all of the drama in real estate is a recent development. That's not to say that realtors probably haven't been sleeping around for all those years, but it does seem to have exploded recently.<quoted text>The only ones that call it junktown are people like you that don't research the property they are buying to see if it's over priced or can I afford it before buying it. I meet military people weekly that are retiring and staying here. You're also wrong about most contractors not being from this area. Most of the builders that build homes in this area are from here. Less than half of them come from outside this area and yes they probably do buy from out of town and what's your point? I bet you shopped at Dillon's and Walmart and never shopped in Manahattan did you? You are wrong too on the realtors making the most profit on building a new home because if the builder isn't making the most profit when building or selling then he just isn't a very good builder.
When the building process started a few years ago, a large number of builders from outside the area did come in and steal this town blind, or rather it was given to them by the city leaders.
And yes, the real estate agents did make a pretty profit from all of the building that was going on.
Some agents were married to, engaged to or living with builders/developers/contractor s and were making money faster then they could spend it. They were the listing agent, selling agent and then they got money from their better half when the property sold.
Once the money started coming in, then all of the affairs and divorces started. People started switching teams left and right, suddenly no one could remain faithful for very long. And of course it was always someone else's fault that they cheated, it was never their own fault.
Just talk to some of the former spouses of these people and listen to their stories, it should break your heart, or at least piss you off a little, how some of these people were traded in for someone "better".
No one connected to the real estate market in this town has been left untouched, but the real harm is to all of the families that have been damaged by this.
And while you mentioned it, the city leaders are always shouting about how we should buy locally, but on any given weekend you'll see them shopping in Manhattan or Topeka or Salina.
These are just a few examples of why Junction City is called "Junktown" and always will be.