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Grumpy old Neighbors

We are moving to a new house… yes we finally found a house to buy.  I have not talked about the process much on here because sometimes talking about it makes it just linger in my mind instead of being free of it.

Ok, so we went to the house for the home inspection and the neighbor was home and one of us parked in front of his front yard and went inside the house.  A few moments later, we look out the window to find that the neighbor had parked very close on either side of our car with both of his cars so as to keep us from being able to get out.

D went out and he immediately said that it was very rude of us to park in front of his yard… it is a public road… and we were blocking the way of the post man to bring the mail… now that he had moved his cars HE was in front of the mailbox now and blocking the entrance to it…and he said that it was quite rude of us to park there.  There were many people at the house for the home inspection.  There are not many places to park other than being in front of his front yard.  D said “I’m very sorry sir, but if you would kindly move your cars, I will move mine out of the way… oh and by the way, nice to meet you, I am moving in next door!”

We have joked about buying pink flamingos or something even more obnoxious and putting right on the line of our properties facing him but I know that will really put us at odds.

Just wait until he finds out we are a same sex couple and we are planning on having lots of parties there, and there will be lots of cars!!  I’m planning on making him a batch of cookies when we move in to try to smooth out the edges but I don’t know if that grumpy old man will be even get a little less grumpy with cookies!

Seems sort of sleazy

I guess I need some help with posting because I have missed several weeks in a row but man so much has happened.

Clam Festival in Yarmouth Maine was fun but was very hot. Felt very bad we were unable to stay and allow Alex to see the fireman’s muster.  She would have loved that but it was getting very hot and we needed to eat but the previous day we ate there and spent way too much money.  Understood the money goes to the school organizations but way too much money for a small pint of fried clam strips!

Looking at (what seems like) a million house in the Attleboro, MA area.  We have tried to offer on a few houses and it seems like every time we do and we think we might finally be the proud owners of a house… something BIG shows up.

For example, the last one, we made an offer, even got assistance from family in order to make a larger offer on this home and on the last call from the listing agent, she informed us of a “betterment” on the property.  Yes, we saw that word on the listing sheet, even Googled it and just found that it meant there was an improvement on the property.  I asked her what that meant.  She said there is a betterment that will be assumed by the new buyers of this home.  She said they had gotten their house connected to the town sewer and it cost them a big price which now has $67,000 left that the buyer needs to have added to their taxes.  What?  Sixty Seven Thousand Dollars??? We found out that is and extra $300+ per month added to our mortgage.  No wonder they wanted more money than what it was listed for!  The killer is that the listing agent led us down this road to this point, and THEN springs this on us.  She didn’t put it on the seller’s disclosure and was leaving it out for some reason.  I really hope the next person knows enough to ask what a “betterment” is.

Most stressful…

Moving is the most stressful event in a person’s life…. buying a house has got to be right up there!

Sometimes more than others

There goes my little.. no wait BIG girl going by herself on the spinning teacups on the mall carousel…
Tonight is one of those nights I miss my mother more than others, not just because I am watching my own child but because I need a non-judgemental listenining ear…
Tonight, we went to see a house, it is a very old house that has pretty much every original appliance since it was built in the 1950’s but it had cute built in’s in just about every room to make up for it’s small square footage and a very big yard. There are big problems with it and it would need lots of work before moving in. D said she would love to make it work and we could definately afford it… BUT I don’t like it. My dad said he would help me with the down payment but not with this house.. I could not justify using his money to help us buy.
D is upset with me because I discounted it and said I would not do it.
So, there is more…we are actually waiting on a response on another house. We made an offer on another house that we really like and all the big ticket items have been taken care of, roof, heater, floors… have all been done.  The problem is the bank already came back with a full price offer and we countered again and we already decided that if they don’t accept at this price, we will say no. The only problem? We will be struggling with the monthly payment even at our counter offer. We want the house and I know we will make it work but right now we are very stressed and sometimes I just get so upset missing my mom…sometimes I just need someone to vent to.
I need a person to just talk to, I need mom, my mom. Why did she have to leave me? I don’t have anyone to just call anytime to just cry to or to just talk about my day. My mom used to call me all the time. Then for some unknown reason, I decided I needed to find myself and asked her not to call for a while and then when I came back to my senses we spent a short time again re-getting to know each other… and then she left.
Now, I have a partner but when I just need to talk about stuff going on with my life, I don’t have anyone besides her. Most women have girlfriends they can call up and complain to… I don’t
Why did she have to leave? Why do I have no one to talk to? No one to listen…not try to fix…not feel obligated to do something…just listen?

Make a prediction for next week?

Well, I could make a prediction on what I hope will happen or what I really think will happen:

What I hope will happen is that the bank will accept our offer on the house we want!  We made a low ball offer on a house that we really love.  The house is great, has tons of space inside, has a decent size yard and is in a great family neighborhood. It is the only house we have agreed on since we have started looking. Seriously, this is the perfect house!  It is too much money though, well with the interest rate that the lender gave us.  I know it could go up or down.  If it stays the same or if it goes up we can’t afford that price.  I hate to get my hopes up though cuz then I am afraid they will get dashed.

We are waiting for the bank.  The listing agent already said that the bank will probably counter back with the full price. That agent was sort of snotty about it too… whatever.

So my prediction is that they will come back with a counter but it will be a price we can still afford. 

I used to think owning a house is a piece of the american dream but right now all it really is to us is having our own space, our own yard, and the ability to do whatever we want with it!

Our credit wasn’t the best before but now we have been told it is excellent and I have some thoughts about the fact that you can’t take it with you when you die but while we are here, why not live life to the fullest and have a little piece of this earth while we are here.  If it were possible for us to rent a house so it would feel more like our space, we might do that but with our landlords just upstairs we have to deal with their stuff.

I got a lilac bush (my absolute favorite flower)for mother’s day and the landlords came knocking on the door and asked what we will be doing with the lilac bush, D told them that if we buy a house, we will be taking it there and planting it in our new yard and if  not, we will buy a planter to put it in.  J said to D, “you could just plant it here and then dig it up if you move”, with a big huge smile.  J even asked: “Are you sure you don’t want to buy this place?”

We don’t want to buy this triple decker property which is on a detour that will be going for 2 years.  It now has traffic of a main road in the city, it is a 100 year old house, it needs tons of updates, mostly on the first floor where we live.  The upper floors have gotten many updates, yeah it is there house so they did the updates to their property and not ours.  I am going down a different writing road here than I wanted to.  I didn’t expect this to be a complaining blog.

So part of my prediction is when they come back with the counter offer, we will then need to talk to J and B again to let them know we are moving!!  We have to also figure out if we can use some of the money we gave them will pay for the last month’s rent.

Summary: I predict we will get a counter offer but we will be able to afford it and we will get an answer from family about assistance and we will have to start looking for boxes!  I will write an answer when I get it.

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