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    K9 Owned
    Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:49 pm
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    Isn't happening at the moment. icon_sad.gif

    We spent a day looking at the 4 remaining homes on the market in the rather broad area in which we are looking. Our much more narrow budget is a limiting factor.

    There were 4 houses - 2 of which we could easily afford and looked charming. Charm it seems comes at a price which includes the replacement of everything that is the guts of a house. I know enough to know that thinking I could do this with $xxx can lead to nasty surprises which could totally alter our lifestyle. I cannot see myself eating Cat Chow any time soon. icon_lol.gif

    The house we thought we would like the best had a great yard and view, wonderful woodwork etc., but had a furnace with as many birthdays as I have had and ancient guts. Not a great neighbourhood either. Easy to pass on that. The house that Don liked best on paper - backing on to a very large pond and golf course turned out to be in a very high traffic area and likely had a great deal more issues than just cosmetic. I was upstairs for 3 minutes and had to leave because my throat was closing up. I suspect a serious mould issue. Just investigating the cause of the problem would be thousands.

    We saw a house that I initially thought very ordinary but is waterfront (sort of) on a small lake and conservation area. GREAT lot albeit smaller than I would have liked but knowing that no one could build behind you is priceless. Super neighbourhood, great views, and a house that would work just fine. Sort of. No dining area or room but Don pointed out that blowing out one wall would solve that issue. I got onboard. All of the flooring would need to be replaced as baby blue carpet is not my thing plus dogs on baby blue carpet would be dreadful. Still not a real issue. The place isn't huge and replacing the flooring would be manageable with some wiggle room in the pricing. There is no wiggle room in the pricing icon_sad.gif

    Here is a picture of the view in summer.

    The main floor bath is lovely with a real therapeutic jacuzzi tub (corner model and LARGE), a nice shower stall, good vanity and a skylight. Large kitchen with very old counters and cupboards and torn vinyl flooring - the flooring at least is a cheap fix - the cupboards would do for a year or so with painting. The counters are something out of a 1950's trailer park.

    I discovered today that I have some serious character flaws. I'm rather impressed with my ability to go from zero to total b**** in a nano second. icon_wink.gif

    I think that after 3 1/2 weeks of complete Real Estate immersion I need to back off for a few days or a week and just breathe. Maybe do some packing.

    There is nothing else currently available so we will wait for new 'Spring inventory' to come on the market. The sellers of the house we like want to sell or store their belongings and go on a Mission somewhere. I learned today that being Christian and money wise are not mutually exclusive.
    HalfBakedCappy
    Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:35 pm
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    My only advice is to have a long hot bath, a large glass of wine or 3 and forget about it for a little while. You'll find something. icon_wink.gif
    K9 Owned
    Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:42 pm
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    HalfBakedCappy wrote:
    My only advice is to have a long hot bath, a large glass of wine or 3 and forget about it for a little while. You'll find something. icon_wink.gif

    The water is running as I type and yeah...I think I am on my 3rd glass. Any further postings from me should be disregarded as drunken rambling. icon_lol.gif
    mums the word
    Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:45 pm
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    What a gorgeous view, I love that! Are you and Don able to do any renovations yourself? It would be nice to put your own spin on the house provided the "bones" of the house are solid.

    What do you mean "no wiggle room" in the price? If it sits long enough they'll be wiggling alright!

    icon_wink.gif
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:08 am
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    K9 Owned wrote:

    The water is running as I type and yeah...I think I am on my 3rd glass. Any further postings from me should be disregarded as drunken rambling. icon_lol.gif


    rotfl.gif

    Many folks here rent a condo / apartment month to month until they find their new digs. This way, no real pressure & no "settling" until you find your new dream home.

    Easy for this Zero to 90 bad girl icon_wink.gif
    NoraMarie
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:32 am
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    K-9,sorry you didn't see too much out there. Try Kijiji and there is Peter Hogeterp from Remax who post a lot of houses for the area you want to go to. Also have you looked at Property Guys ? Sometimes you can see something different then what your real estate guy has.
    JoyfulCook
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:46 am
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    K9 you guys have to take a break for a day or three - its stressful enough just selling the house. and seeing things on the web is great but still its a case of what the camera has not told you about on purpose.

    hope by now you are in a warm soothing bath and know that you will find that house - or rather it will find you.
    racrgal
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:31 am
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    Big hugs for you K9. I'm sorry your house hunting isn't delightful. We experienced the same thing when we were house hunting last year. The market here is very competitive for standard sales.

    Our serious hunt went on for over three months. (I'd been snooping for a couple of months before really starting.) Viewing, closing and remodeling took another two months. Daily I was on the internet looking for something we hadn't seen or driven by. Our real estate agent was awesome and would send me long lists of homes. We ended up making an offer based on the pics we saw online and driving through the neighborhood. We couldn't see the inside of the house for over a month but made the offer subject to interior approval. (The owner let family move in and they wouldn't allow even one viewing.) By the time we saw the house there were four buyers waiting to buy the same house. The house wasn't exactly what we wanted but it was something we could work with. We made a smaller down payment, tore down a wall, freshened the bathrooms, new flooring and paint and moved in.

    After almost a year it still needs new kitchen counters, the cabinets refaced and landscaping freshened but we LOVE it here! The area is everything we had hoped for and our neighbors are wonderful. Snickers has a nice yard (much larger than we had dared hope for) and the koi are living in a converted spa.

    Hang in there and keep the wine stocked. Your dream home is waiting for you somewhere. icon_smile.gif
    Lightly Toasted
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:34 pm
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    Isn't happening at the moment. icon_sad.gif

    We spent a day looking at the 4 remaining homes on the market in the rather broad area in which we are looking. Our much more narrow budget is a limiting factor.

    There were 4 houses - 2 of which we could easily afford and looked charming. Charm it seems comes at a price which includes the replacement of everything that is the guts of a house. I know enough to know that thinking I could do this with $xxx can lead to nasty surprises which could totally alter our lifestyle. I cannot see myself eating Cat Chow any time soon. icon_lol.gif

    The house we thought we would like the best had a great yard and view, wonderful woodwork etc., but had a furnace with as many birthdays as I have had and ancient guts. Not a great neighbourhood either. Easy to pass on that. The house that Don liked best on paper - backing on to a very large pond and golf course turned out to be in a very high traffic area and likely had a great deal more issues than just cosmetic. I was upstairs for 3 minutes and had to leave because my throat was closing up. I suspect a serious mould issue. Just investigating the cause of the problem would be thousands.

    We saw a house that I initially thought very ordinary but is waterfront (sort of) on a small lake and conservation area. GREAT lot albeit smaller than I would have liked but knowing that no one could build behind you is priceless. Super neighbourhood, great views, and a house that would work just fine. Sort of. No dining area or room but Don pointed out that blowing out one wall would solve that issue. I got onboard. All of the flooring would need to be replaced as baby blue carpet is not my thing plus dogs on baby blue carpet would be dreadful. Still not a real issue. The place isn't huge and replacing the flooring would be manageable with some wiggle room in the pricing. There is no wiggle room in the pricing icon_sad.gif

    Here is a picture of the view in summer.

    The main floor bath is lovely with a real therapeutic jacuzzi tub (corner model and LARGE), a nice shower stall, good vanity and a skylight. Large kitchen with very old counters and cupboards and torn vinyl flooring - the flooring at least is a cheap fix - the cupboards would do for a year or so with painting. The counters are something out of a 1950's trailer park.

    I discovered today that I have some serious character flaws. I'm rather impressed with my ability to go from zero to total b**** in a nano second. icon_wink.gif

    I think that after 3 1/2 weeks of complete Real Estate immersion I need to back off for a few days or a week and just breathe. Maybe do some packing.

    There is nothing else currently available so we will wait for new 'Spring inventory' to come on the market. The sellers of the house we like want to sell or store their belongings and go on a Mission somewhere. I learned today that being Christian and money wise are not mutually exclusive.


    I feel your pain, We have been helping DD#1 and her BF look for houses. Since the Phoenix area housing market was considered "one of the hardest hit" when it came to forclosures, we thought that this would not be difficult.

    Wrong.

    Anything under $150k is snapped up by investors, who pay cash. They will either fix up the house and flip it, or rent it out. There have been some houses that have had 5 other people looking at them at the same time, Very few of them are "turn key ready." Most of them are horribly, maliciously damaged----holes in wales with axes and hammers, windows broken, light fixtures smashed or removed, carpet slashed or motor oil dumped on it. And these have all been in good neighborhoods. icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif
    mums the word
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:45 pm
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    Lightly Toasted - Do you mean that the homes are damaged by vandals or do you think it is the former owner's who cause the damage because they have lost the home? What a shame that someone would do that.
    Lightly Toasted
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:48 pm
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    mums the word wrote:
    Lightly Toasted - Do you mean that the homes are damaged by vandals or do you think it is the former owner's who cause the damage because they have lost the home? What a shame that someone would do that.


    Its almost always the former owner.
    mums the word
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:35 am
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    Lightly Toasted wrote:
    mums the word wrote:
    Lightly Toasted - Do you mean that the homes are damaged by vandals or do you think it is the former owner's who cause the damage because they have lost the home? What a shame that someone would do that.


    Its almost always the former owner.


    icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif WOW, that's crazy!
    K9 Owned
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:49 am
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    Horrible mentality!

    LT I know what you mean. We haven't had any maliciously trashed houses to view but we don't want to put that level of work in to anything either. We can do cosmetic things.. remove paper, paint, replace flooring etc but beyond that we would just be writing cheques. Not exactly the position you want to be in approaching retirement.

    Wishing your DD good luck in her search!
    K9 Owned
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:00 am
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    We were going to put a lowish offer of the place with the view and conservation area but decided to step back for a week or so. In the meantime we have found 4 places to look at next week once I'm over my real estate sabbatical.

    It's dawned on me that although we chat to each other throughout the day and do have conversations about what we are looking for we may not be on the same page at all!

    I have been clear for the past 15 years that I want my next (and hopefully last) move to be in the country or on the outskirts of a small town. We are leaving here because the area has grown to the point of being a suburb of Toronto with horrible traffic. Two of the 4 places we will look at that Don is really keen on (on paper of course) are IN towns. The very best house and very nice suburban lot is in a tri-city area very close to the US border. There is every bit as much traffic there as here! Not exactly a pastoral setting and this is the one he likes best. icon_rolleyes.gif I hope it sucks.

    Anyway... no house hunting until early next week so I may get lucky and it will sell before it becomes an issue icon_smile.gif
    JoyfulCook
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:13 am
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    K9, I am so glad that you re taking a bit of a break... its good to refuel yourselves before you continue on! as you know we have sold our place and will be re buying in England and have been looking on the web...... such a tough decision. your new home I feel will come and jump out one you so just hang on! icon_smile.gif
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