Can I just clarify that when people are using terms like 'transferred' and 'passed' in the context of Linden homes, that what they mean by this is simply that they are abandoning a home and informing people when. Their friends/forum members or whoever can try for the home by going on land page but they don't really have any more chance than anyone else. There could be several homes on the land page and the friend might get one of the others or the home might not show for whatever reason. I once tried for a home in Deer Pass which someone on the forum had announced they were abandoning. I tried refreshing the land page for 2 hours and I even visited the parcel and it was still in maintenance. It was something like 8 hours before someone was able to claim it. So there isn't always even any advantage of knowing a home will be abandoned.
I've been in Second Life since around 2007 and I find it best not to let anything or anyone upset you. SL should be fun. I dropped out for a few years because for me it had stopped being fun. I joined originally as the university I was at had a region where students could socialise. I met people there who I thought were friends but who turned out to be malicious people who pretended to be new like me and I let it get to me when I realised they were playing games with alts and deceiving me. Fool me once and all that.... Now I love SL again, more than ever.
It's not worth it to let someone getting a nicer positioned home than yours spoil your experience of SL. If you keep trying and refreshing the home page you will eventually get the location you love. Remember that having fun is what SL is about.