Mixed Signals

When you adorn your house with $-signs, but put up a note that it’s not for sale.

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Photographed in Avenida 6 de Agosto in La Paz, Bolivia.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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5 Responses to Mixed Signals

  1. There’s a reason for the “not for sale” sign. Lot’s of people here try to sell property that isn’t there’s using fake documentation. This creates all sorts of headaches for the real owners so they put up signs to ensure no one will buy it. The lady across the road from me has just done so with spray paint across her gate.

    • Oh man, I was waiting for someone to ask that question, so I could be the hot-shot explainer. :-) But thank you!

      When I first came to Bolivia and found the “NOT for sale” signs or graffiti, often with a phone number for contact, I was dumbfounded. Until someone explained it to me.

      Another situation where the need for this arises are disputed inheritance cases, where one of the heirs tries to sell the whole property although they only own part of it. Hence you often see “casa en litigio” sprayed on the wall. This is more prevalent than elsewhere because apparently people don’t update the land registry to avoid the hefty registration fees. So the land registry may still show the owner from a few generations ago, who is long dead, and current ownership can only be proved by showing a paper trail of proof of inheritance across the generations.

    • The whole system is a mess :)

  2. List of X says:

    It just means that the house owners won’t sell you the house, but will still take your money.

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