There is an interesting story that popped up around here about a 26 year old real estate agent named Robert Zoost who markets himself as a more high-end realtor while being portrayed as a Million Dollar Man, so to speak. Even on his site there is a line stating “Marketing Properties from $1,000,000.00 – $50,000,000.00.”
Initially a lot of people from the outside, including the media, painted him as a real estate superstar. Interestingly enough, his past has been slowly popping up due to various events, including lawsuits against him, and it is not a pretty one at all from a financial point of view it seems. There were occasions where he received advanced commission checks, well into the five figure ranges, while being hounded to repay various financial debts to multiple parties.
There were two instances that caught my attention where one of his former girlfriend apparently leased a cell phone for him which he was supposed to pay her back for. On top of that, he drove a luxury Mercedes Benz, to help his image I’m guessing, and the car happened to have been purchased and owned by a different girlfriend mainly due to his request (Based on what I read).
That just made me think of the parasitic type of lifestyle that a lot of people indulge in at the expense of others. Isn’t that usually the case where people who constantly feel the need to flaunt about their vast riches are not all that they appear to be? I actually have experience lending a person a lot of money and resources as well. While getting your money back can be a real pain, it sure taught me a lot about the personality patterns and actions of people like that to avoid them.