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Bidding on Houses

Dear Reader,

Today I’m not so calm.  I have a few reasons to be a nervous wreck, but today I’ll tell you about one reason in particular.  I’m offering on a house and they’re counter offering and I’m about to offer another lower price than I think the seller will take.

A little known fact, my dad is an experienced trader.  He makes most of his money trading things.  Horses.  Cattle.  Trucks.  Trailers.  Everything he can get his hands on he’ll trade and make a profit.  I know I should trust him with the bidding on my future home but it makes me nervous.

With that said, we’ve talked them down by $10,000 and they aren’t dragging their heels when they make a counter.  They want out of this house, so we’re going to play it cool.  Now if only I was cool.

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House Hunting is Exhausting

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I already want to be done with the house shopping.  It’s exhausting.  But more than that, I very much want to be out of my apartment soon.  When I moved into the complex I live in there hadn’t been any arrests on the premesis, there was security, and a gate.  Today none of that is true.  On my way out this morning I passed a guy from the building across the parking lot being arrested.  I want out of this apartment and since the plan is to get a house – I want to get a house, now.

I’ve picked one out.  I love it.  My parents hate it.  No, they won’t be living there but they are giving me the downpayment for the house and taking care of closing costs so their oppinion does matter.  So we’re looking again.  To date we’ve looked at around 20 houses and have about 15 more ear marked to look at.

While looking I’ve been shocked at how trashed many of the houses are.  Funny odors, carpet I’m scared to walk on, walls I won’t dare touch and unknown stuff smeared on walls or the ceiling.  Some of the houses I’ve wondered if I would leave alive.  And then there are others that are very nice. Those are usually out of my price range and priced below what they’re worth, which is still a little more than I can afford.

The issue I’m having is my parents think I can get something that is in good repair, nice quality and acceptable location for about $70,000 – because that’s what my grandmother got about four or five years ago.  They refuse to understand that the market where my grandmother moved is different.  That I’m looking at houses that are newer and the economy has changed.

Last night my mother went shopping with us.  I’m not sure if she grasped what it is we’re looking at or if she understood it all better.  Here’s hoping she did, because we have 11 houses to look at tonight and the idea exhausts me.

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Shopping in My Closet

Dear Reader,

One thing I need to keep in mind while house shopping is that I need a large closet.  I let myself forget that the first time around with the shopping, but after the little incident below I know I can’t lose track of how important this is for me.

I have a fuck ton of clothes.

Like, I could outfit a small army with what’s in my closet.  People could theoretically go shopping in there!

Every so often I dig through the darker recesses of my closet and come up with something unexpected.  Something so completely fabulous I can’t believe I let it slip through my grasp.

Wednesday was one of those days.

I found this LBD (Little Black Dress) made by, of all brands, Converse.  It’s made to be a casual dress I think, but with the way it fits me it’s practically a wiggle dress.  I wore it to work, and while I don’t know if it’s going to stay on the rotating work clothes rack, it’s pretty fab.  I paired it with a red belt, some red jewlery, leaopard heels, and because it’s sleeveless and I must cover the tattoos, my red company cardigan.  I’ll see if I can snag a picture of the ensemble, but not guarantees.

Sometimes an outfit can be made new and exciting with the right accessories.

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House Hunting – First Prowl

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House shopping sucks.

The End.

I’ve been living in an apartment since I moved out on my own.  It’s been alright.  I’ve lived in the same apartment for two years without the rent being raised.  I opted for a smaller place with more security after Some Incidents at the previous complex.  I’ve had a gated complex and security… Until a year ago.  The security went away and then a few months later the gates never closed.  Maybe if I lived at the back of the complex or on a second floor apartment it wouldn’t matter but I live on the ground level by the gates.  It’s worrisome.  I’ve seen people walking around behind my building which runs parallel to the fence.  The only reason you need to go back there is to fix A/C units or cause trouble.  These people weren’t part of maintenance.

So after discussing it with my parents we decided that I should look into buying a house.  My realtor is someone I’ve known for ages, my lender is best friends with my dad, so I’m getting a pretty sweet deal.

I’m still freaked out about how much money a house would cost per month.  Every time I talk to someone new there’s something else you have to pay for monthly that I didn’t know about and the price keeps going up.

Today we looked at five houses.  The first is the one I keep going back to.  I love the pictures.  It’s a 1950’s house with wood floors and a quirky kitchen with a bricked in garage that would make an awesome library and lounge.  The next two we looked at were $90,000 dumps.  While I could see the houses being nice – someday – they didn’t speak to me and spending that much money on something that needed work?  No thanks.  The next two we looked at were nice.  One was very modern, move in ready, but so squished up next to the neighbors that it was like a glorified apartment.  The last one was alright, but the layout was funky.

The 1950’s house is on the upper end of what I want to pay, won’t lie, but I would love to live there.

Later this week we’re going to go look some more.  The plan is to hit the pavement hard and look and look and figure out what I want and go for it.  So here’s hoping that I have a home decision made by the end of July.

Okay, off to do something that doesn’t cost money or cause me to stress myself out!

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