Monday, July 3, 2017

House Hunters (Chapter 2)



G'morning friends!  

Day 3-of-4 (off work), I may be setting a new record for getting nothing accomplished!   That's besides consuming ridiculous amounts of smoked brisket, pork ribs and jalapeno sausage (yum!) ... taking decadent naps and catching up on my Kellerman novel.


House Hunters?
It seem there's a Plan!  I love Plans.

Rather than trying to sell this place -- then heading east looking for a short-term, pet-friendly rental -- I wheedled Tom into agreeing to buy something in Alabama first.  (I don't know much about these sorts of things, but suspect the pre-approval letter he's secured was based in part on my current salary.)

We accidentally happened on the greatest agent!
Unlike the fellow who brokered son's place ("Have your mom contact me when they're in decision-making mode.") ...

... Belyn has been really friendly and forthcoming about the area in general, what areas to avoid ("I won't sell a place where I wouldn't live myself") and, best of all, doesn't look down her nose at our budget.

Helping filter our wish-list, we've received 'poop sheets' of 25 listings, asking us to identify our Top 3 and Bottom 3.  (Goodness, I don't remember the Sears catalogue being this much fun!) 
 
Right away, I eliminated new brick-and-mortar, HOA places reminiscent of "Another Pleasant Valley Sunday."  (Those who've no idea what I'm talking about are probably too young to be reading this! *smile*)    

This morning's e-mail offered something older, in the historic district lots more to my liking!  
Granted, Tom's suspicious of what 'surprises' may lay in wait in the way of wiring, etc. ... but (Jack), isn't that what home inspections are meant to uncover?

Sigh ... it's going to be really hard waiting until November to go looking in person.   And ya, it's not escaped me, the best-laid plans are apt to 'gang aft agley.'  


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'Feeling mighty blessed that not only is my 'sun' rash fading, but the absurd itch that made me want to peel the skin off my neck has just about disappeared.
Because I only own two (work-suitable) blouses with high necks, I went ahead and ordered that solar-resistant scarf.  Love! 
'Was concerned it might feel too warm, but that's not the case at all.   Because DIL's favorite pastime is tending to her yard and gardens -- I'll probably order some for she and my grand-girls at Christmas.


When I walked into work like this last week, our night auditor asked me if I was planning on robbing a train ... LOL!


The dermatologist also recommended I buy a tub of this -


and keep it refrigerated.  All I've got to say is, "Wow!"  Talk about refreshing!

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Drat.  There was something I wanted to close with; and was so sure I didn't need to jot it down.  Does anyone else do that?
Must not have been that important ...


Instead, what's Really Important ...





Stay safe!  Be kind!
Hugs from Phoenix,
Myra


33 comments:

  1. Home inspections will look at wiring, plumbing, roof, etc. Good to have a great realtor, that is half the battle! Love the look at the house, but will it still be available in November? Adorable with the scarf! Have a safe and happy 4th!

    betty

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    1. Probably not, Betty. I think she was just throwing this out to see if we'd be interested in an older place. Plus, it's over 2500 sq ft ...far larger than what we want. Happy 4th to you, as well!

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  2. Yikes I cannot imagine house hunting yet! I do look at real estate on line and kind of know what I want but can't decide when I want to move. That scarf is cute! I wish everyone would be more considerate about fire works but I just keep telling myself it will all be over in a couple of days!! Happy 4th!

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    1. Yikes is right! When I pause to consider how much 'stuff' has to come together and what compromises (I never much liked that word, LOL) ... it's a bit overwhelming.

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  3. I'm hearing firecrackers right now as I type this. We also heard the city's fireworks booming earlier. Fortunately our cats don't see to mind but I feel bad for the pets who do get scared.

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    1. Good to know about your kitties!
      We know of two families who failed to secure their dogs and wound up losing them to injuries sustained in traffic. :(

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  4. Never heard of the cream and am so happy that it is helping you. I will be interested in Bruno's reaction to fireworks. We never go out, but dogs can hear them in the distance. Happy Fourth to you. It's exciting to plan for a move!

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    1. I'd never heard of Vanicream either (wound up ordering it from Amazon prime), but I like it so much better than Lubriderm!
      Happy Independence Day!

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  5. YES
    a thousand times YES. (I don't need to write this down! Ah ha, I shoulda done it. HA!
    Now Yes, on home inspections, but always look past the hundreds of things listed and look at the REAL problems. I have seen home inspections reports with many 'warnings', and only a few SERIOUS ones.

    With the birth of the 'home inspector' is the man or woman who must justify their job. The inspector feels he must list every 'small' problem. While a good idea, their list scares the daylights of the buyer. YOu and Tom can look at the list and see what is serious and what is superficial. There will be a lot of superficial problems, if the inspector is trying to earn his fee. No report should be ignored, but looked at with common sense. ;-)

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    1. Great advice, Jack. Thanks!
      Tom gets so cross when, watching HGTV's Property Brothers, they discover major, costly defects. Makes me wonder if the inspector could be held liable?

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  6. Sounds like a GOOD plan to line up a place to buy ahead of schedule. A good relator can make all the difference too. What a cute scarf. sounds cool.

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Terre! I'd never consider this step without a realtor I trust.

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  7. can't type, ROFL, at the bank robber you and it would be handy if you need a little cash for the new home. HE HE HE. love it. did not know they existed. yes I have forgotten things while I was typing, forget where I was headed. I try to jot down thoughts as they pop.. I think it is a great idea to buy first.

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    1. Hey, I never thought about that source of spending money. LOL! There's several pieces of big furniture I'd like to leave behind and replace what we NEED when we get there.

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  8. I look forward to every post you give us, I always smile and almost every thing you say is just what I would say. we are so much alike in our likes and dislikes. I love Kellerman

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    1. Aw, you just made all my insides smile!
      Thank you so much.

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  9. That older house is beautiful. Many of the older places in Birmingham have been renovated and are up,to snuff code-wise. I'd bet that he case there in South Alabama too. I have a friend who lives in Opp. Are you looking anywhere close to Opp or Andalusia? If so there's a good chance he could have one of his friends give you the REAL scoop on a place your interested in.
    R

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    1. Not so far, Rick; we're concentrating on Wetumpka right now ... but one never knows. Good to know there's folks out there like your friend!

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  10. I think it's a very wise decision to buy and scrap the idea of renting. Renting always complicates things.

    I luv older homes in historic districts - but it can be a pain maintaining them.
    I'm glad you found a good agent - that's EXTREMELY important. Those Bozos that I had in Texas nearly destroyed my life - and made me lose lots of money. I had no choice - they were the only agents there within nearly 80 miles.
    I still have murderous thoughts on my mind concerning them....

    When you mentioned keeping Vanicream in the refrigerator, I remembered that my Mom used to always keep Noxzema in the refrigerator.

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    1. I initially thought renting was the way to go ....and escape all the pitfalls that come with ownership. But dang, the going rates are ridiculously high. Suppose I can't have it both ways.

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  11. Having just gone through the whole home inspection routine when I sold my house, I can certainly tell you that they are thorough. As it turned out I sold the house after I moved and it was easier showing the house empty and not living there. There was added expense though for double utilities. Thankfully one of my son's took care of the yard work, but that would have been an expense had he not done so. He also was around to check out the house for me too. It's a worry when you leave a house empty. As it all turned out well, I'm thankful it is done and over. I hope you find the perfect house just for you. Happy 4th of July!

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    1. I so benefit from others' stories. From your lips to God's ears ... thank you!

      Although we're in the same metro, we live about an hour from Tom's adult children ... both of whom have their own jobs and obligations.

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  12. LOL at the bank robber comment!

    My nephew just moved from Denver to Memphis. They flew to Memphis for a long weekend and spent the entire time looking for a house and fortunately found one. Then they listed their house for sale. They drove to Memphis the day before closing on the Memphis house. Once they left their Denver house they had cleaning people come in and had the carpets replaced. That all worked perfectly for them and hopefully their denver home will sell quickly.

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    1. Thank you for sharing this! I was losing my resolve for a moment there!

      I hope to stay in our house here - and at my job - until it sells. Otherwise, I don't think we could swing two mortgages.

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  13. I think everyone deserves to have a little break sometimes you know? I mean yeah it might feel unproductive but rests is also life too. I tell that to myself esp for times that i just did nothing for a day! hahaha.

    Hope you can visit my blog!

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  14. Sounds like you are really enjoying those days off! That is a great idea buying a place first if you can swing it. Love that house in the historic district. I'll have to check out that cream. Enjoy your week.

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    1. When Tom was undergoing radiation, his doctors advised using Lubriderm ... now I'm kicking it to the curb. :) This stuff is much nicer... I'm hooked!

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  15. I LOVE the house in that picture. It lots of character.

    Buying a second house before the first one sells can work out well. It did for our son. He bought the new house in Daphne before the bigger one in Ft. Mitchell sold. Even though he had to pay two mortgages for five months, that huge albatross HAS sold. Hallelujah!

    You're looking mighty spiffy in that scarf, lady. :)

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  16. Thanks, Susan! Getting scarves to lay nicely -- and STAY -- have always been my Achilles heel! Perhaps, like one reviewer wrote, I may have to affix some tiny Velcro squares.

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  17. Its always good to make plans. That house looks really lovely. Warm greetings!

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  18. I hope everything works out perfectly for you. It is so nice to have a broker/realtor ahead of time. The right one will get you into what you need.love the house in the photo. I'm rebellious and not much into rules and HOAs not to mention their sometime outrageouds fees! I wish you and Tom all the best! HUGS

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Thanks so much for dropping by! Your words are like hugs from afar.... and who doesn't love a hug!