The I need to buy a house thread

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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by elflaco2 » Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:50 pm

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Walking distance to city center (and walkable streets outside the house) are something we knew we cared about, but didn't know just how much before we left Boston. Pretty much an absolute must now.
Heh, my wife grew up in Chatham, walking distance to Main Street. Her took her 10 years to get over the fact that our town doesn't have a downtown to walk to. She used to make the kids join us for walks to get Frozen Yogurt, and it was two miles with about a mile long uphill on the way home. Usually hiked the last, steepest half mile with my daughter on my shoulders. Now we have an easy walk to all stores and restaurants, but not goingh anywhere. One day... At least the local homemade ice cream place is serving through the takeout window.
having a dog is great for walking around -- lately hard to get those walks in (streets are a bit dark and sidewalks suck) before dark but we're usually good for 3-4 miles a day in evening -- morning walks are only about 1/2 mile due to timing... we'd gotten used to stopping by the pub on main street and getting a drink (outside seating) before heading home.

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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by The Sybian » Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:25 pm

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Their graham cracker ice cream base is insane. We got it a few times over the summer.
Hell, yeah. S'mores is probably my favorite flavor there. I usually avoid ordinary flavors at a place that like, but I felt like strawberry one day (my daughter taunted me for getting a lame flavor), and holy fuck was it great! She took a taste and apologized for making fun of my choice and said she was getting it the next time.
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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by elflaco2 » Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:03 pm

elflaco2 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:48 pm
EnochRoot wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:50 am
elflaco2 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:35 am
we lowballed the offer because of the age of those two.. had they (IF once they) accept the offer we'll go to inspection within ten days --

their disclosure claims no issues w either -- heck, my AC was older than than when it died.. and so was our roof -- a new roof here for that house would go around 7k.. AC likely another 12K.. thus the offer we made.. we took into consideration we'd need to spend around $20K to address those two.

not sure i answered your question.
If the house I’m buying requires $20k in infrastructure repairs, I’m requesting they knock $30k off the asking price. Especially if the house hasn’t seen much interest in the first month it’s been on the market.
that's pretty much what we did (well we took 40K off the asking). spoke to the contractor - he's writing it up. our option is to stay where we are.. in which case we will expand the attic into a legal bedroom (need stairs too) w a dormer on the side -- its a townhouse.. so need board approval.. i'm the hoa pres.. of course i'll recuse but already have enough votes to make it happen if necessary. but i really want that yard... the raking notwithstanding.. do have a growing boy ready to wield gardening tools.
quote from contractor came in.. oooof... can't do all she wants.. reworking some numbers... to incresae offer will need to reduce reno budget -- so seeing how that turns out.. i'm flexible, but... on the other hand.. not a lot of action this week and next due to holidays... so maybe we see if they blink.. if the want out in january and no one else has made an offer by dec... there's a chance!

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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by EnochRoot » Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:36 pm

elflaco2 wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:03 pm
elflaco2 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:48 pm
EnochRoot wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:50 am
elflaco2 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:35 am
we lowballed the offer because of the age of those two.. had they (IF once they) accept the offer we'll go to inspection within ten days --

their disclosure claims no issues w either -- heck, my AC was older than than when it died.. and so was our roof -- a new roof here for that house would go around 7k.. AC likely another 12K.. thus the offer we made.. we took into consideration we'd need to spend around $20K to address those two.

not sure i answered your question.
If the house I’m buying requires $20k in infrastructure repairs, I’m requesting they knock $30k off the asking price. Especially if the house hasn’t seen much interest in the first month it’s been on the market.
that's pretty much what we did (well we took 40K off the asking). spoke to the contractor - he's writing it up. our option is to stay where we are.. in which case we will expand the attic into a legal bedroom (need stairs too) w a dormer on the side -- its a townhouse.. so need board approval.. i'm the hoa pres.. of course i'll recuse but already have enough votes to make it happen if necessary. but i really want that yard... the raking notwithstanding.. do have a growing boy ready to wield gardening tools.
quote from contractor came in.. oooof... can't do all she wants.. reworking some numbers... to incresae offer will need to reduce reno budget -- so seeing how that turns out.. i'm flexible, but... on the other hand.. not a lot of action this week and next due to holidays... so maybe we see if they blink.. if the want out in january and no one else has made an offer by dec... there's a chance!
If you have to reduce the number and/or quality of renovations you are envisioning for the new house because it is being sold in what is essentially a state of disrepair and priced at a point the current owners need to sell, look elsewhere.

In addition, consider your Plan B, where you expand into the attic as a means to extend your living area footprint, as a means to increase the value in your home so that you don't necessarily have to stop shopping for the ideal one.

YMMV, and FWIW I'm not the best guy to be giving home owner's advice..

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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by brian » Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:35 pm

Closing is set for two weeks. We'll be bouncing from hotel to hotel in Vegas for a week or so afterwards finalizing a bunch of stuff and shortening the amount of time we have to crash with the in-laws (my wife's choice actually, not mine. I was fine going to Michigan for longer).

We've confirmed an AirBnB for the first two months to let us get the lay of the land a little bit better in PV and give ourselves a couple of months to find a place to get a year-long lease since that will be much easier to do in person. Kind of exciting to actually have an address in Mexico for January and February (Costa Rica 1275, 5 de Diciembre, 48350 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico)

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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by The Sybian » Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:39 pm

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Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:35 pm
Closing is set for two weeks. We'll be bouncing from hotel to hotel in Vegas for a week or so afterwards finalizing a bunch of stuff and shortening the amount of time we have to crash with the in-laws (my wife's choice actually, not mine. I was fine going to Michigan for longer).

We've confirmed an AirBnB for the first two months to let us get the lay of the land a little bit better in PV and give ourselves a couple of months to find a place to get a year-long lease since that will be much easier to do in person. Kind of exciting to actually have an address in Mexico for January and February (Costa Rica 1275, 5 de Diciembre, 48350 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico)
Post lots of pics. Beautiful region.
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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by sancarlos » Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:07 pm

Good luck, Brian. I know you've been learning Spanish for awhile, now. Do you feel pretty comfortable with it?

Funny story - About 20 years ago, my wife and I vacationed at a little destination resort hotel just south of Puerto Vallarta called Hotelito Desconocido. I was going to recommend you check it out sometime. You got picked up at the PV airport by a guy in a 4 wheel drive and drove the worst road i've ever been on to get there. It was pretty cool - a place that advertised itself being environmentally and ecologically friendly. They grew most of their own food, just off premises and had great facilities in a remote location. You stayed in your own little hut on stilts over an estuary, with a Gilligans Island-type shower and a big mosquito net.

Then, I just did a tad of research and found out some interesting things. It was apparently later acquired by a notorious drug lord and his accomplices! They were accused of murdering some locals, and the hotel was later shut down for money laundering.when the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned Hotelito Desconocido under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

So... much for checking it out!
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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by brian » Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:13 pm

sancarlos wrote:
Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:07 pm
Good luck, Brian. I know you've been learning Spanish for awhile, now. Do you feel pretty comfortable with it?

Funny story - About 20 years ago, my wife and I vacationed at a little destination resort hotel just south of Puerto Vallarta called Hotelito Desconocido. I was going to recommend you check it out sometime. You got picked up at the PV airport by a guy in a 4 wheel drive and drove the worst road i've ever been on to get there. It was pretty cool - a place that advertised itself being environmentally and ecologically friendly. They grew most of their own food, just off premises and had great facilities in a remote location. You stayed in your own little hut on stilts over an estuary, with a Gilligans Island-type shower and a big mosquito net.

Then, I just did a tad of research and found out some interesting things. It was apparently later acquired by a notorious drug lord and his accomplices! They were accused of murdering some locals, and the hotel was later shut down for money laundering.when the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned Hotelito Desconocido under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

So... much for checking it out!
Pretty comfortable with basic Spanish, yes. Ordering in a restaurant, getting directions, standard questions, etc. Actually able to string together more than a few sentences into a conversation (unless it's about the weather or how I'm feeling in general) then no. But hoping that will improve with time and immersion.

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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by elflaco2 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:21 am

EnochRoot wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:36 pm
elflaco2 wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:03 pm
elflaco2 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:48 pm
EnochRoot wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:50 am
elflaco2 wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:35 am
we lowballed the offer because of the age of those two.. had they (IF once they) accept the offer we'll go to inspection within ten days --

their disclosure claims no issues w either -- heck, my AC was older than than when it died.. and so was our roof -- a new roof here for that house would go around 7k.. AC likely another 12K.. thus the offer we made.. we took into consideration we'd need to spend around $20K to address those two.

not sure i answered your question.
If the house I’m buying requires $20k in infrastructure repairs, I’m requesting they knock $30k off the asking price. Especially if the house hasn’t seen much interest in the first month it’s been on the market.
that's pretty much what we did (well we took 40K off the asking). spoke to the contractor - he's writing it up. our option is to stay where we are.. in which case we will expand the attic into a legal bedroom (need stairs too) w a dormer on the side -- its a townhouse.. so need board approval.. i'm the hoa pres.. of course i'll recuse but already have enough votes to make it happen if necessary. but i really want that yard... the raking notwithstanding.. do have a growing boy ready to wield gardening tools.
quote from contractor came in.. oooof... can't do all she wants.. reworking some numbers... to incresae offer will need to reduce reno budget -- so seeing how that turns out.. i'm flexible, but... on the other hand.. not a lot of action this week and next due to holidays... so maybe we see if they blink.. if the want out in january and no one else has made an offer by dec... there's a chance!
If you have to reduce the number and/or quality of renovations you are envisioning for the new house because it is being sold in what is essentially a state of disrepair and priced at a point the current owners need to sell, look elsewhere.

In addition, consider your Plan B, where you expand into the attic as a means to extend your living area footprint, as a means to increase the value in your home so that you don't necessarily have to stop shopping for the ideal one.

YMMV, and FWIW I'm not the best guy to be giving home owner's advice..
the missus really wanted the house -- and once she gets an idea she goes all in.
We countered. They came back. Realtors chatted -- realtor indicated what price and date would get us to compromise (exactly mid point)
we countered again early saturday morning. best and final. reduced our reno budget but she figured out how to make it all work even better than before.
just got the call at 730 this morning - they took another offer. She's gutted. had all sorts of dreams about it.. she dragged me to home depot yesterday to 'get ideas' -- she was annoyed i wasn't into it but what do you expect.. yeah.. would've loved that backyard but also needed to make the changes to make it ours. And that's the thing -- you can buy cookie cutter. you can buy as is but these are all someone else's choices or you can build your own (not in this area!) or buy a solid house you can reno to your liking... but there'll be others. in the meantime may as well continue on fixing ours up. going to the HOA meeting next week to present the plan to reno our unit. lots of irons in the fire still.

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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by mister d » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:46 am

Just do one of those Watcher things to scare off the new people then get the house for half price.
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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by The Sybian » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:48 am

mister d wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:46 am
Just do one of those Watcher things to scare off the new people then get the house for half price.
Ha! That is brilliant. May take a few years, but worth it for the long game.

Sorry things fell through, Flaco. I know how difficult it is when the Missus has her heart set on something and it falls through.
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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by A_B » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:54 am

The Sybian wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:48 am
mister d wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:46 am
Just do one of those Watcher things to scare off the new people then get the house for half price.
Ha! That is brilliant. May take a few years, but worth it for the long game.

Sorry things fell through, Flaco. I know how difficult it is when the Missus has her heart set on something and it falls through.
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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by HaulCitgo » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:01 am

Ha

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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by The Sybian » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:35 am

A_B wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:54 am
The Sybian wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:48 am
mister d wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:46 am
Just do one of those Watcher things to scare off the new people then get the house for half price.
Ha! That is brilliant. May take a few years, but worth it for the long game.

Sorry things fell through, Flaco. I know how difficult it is when the Missus has her heart set on something and it falls through.
Every date night, amirite?!!
I knew I was setting up for that one.
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Re: The I need to buy a house thread

Post by elflaco2 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:38 am

and so it continues...

looking at a house w a pool.

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