Friday, January 20, 2012

Holy Houses, Batman!

Today we went to look at our dream a very low price.  We hoped it was because the bank just really wanted to get rid of it...It says lots of nooks and crannies.  It's not lying.  We loved how quirky it was. (There was this crazy ... attic type room that would be perfect to put the cats in as their play/eat/poop room.  Seriously.  No other use for it, LOL.)  And that we would need to bring our tool belts.  Much was totally fixer-upper type stuff we would enjoy.

But the water heater had been removed.  And the wood stove.  And the basement, well, let's just say it was a science experiment.  And with an FHA loan, that would have to be resolved, on our dime, before closing could occur.  *Insert sad face here*.  It was not meant to be.  Grumble grumble grumble.

We looked at this gem last week.  And it had some things we REALLY liked.  Not gonna lie.  On street parking on the main road through town that is also a snow emergency route?  FAIL.  Sigh.  Not off the map entirely, but it's fading fast.  I know, I know...over parking?  Yes, over parking.  You want to carry a heavy child and bags of groceries from a few blocks away?  No.  Didn't think so.

So...currently on the radar are the following:

Scary back yard place - looks not bad...and we could fence the back yard.  But the yard is literally a 30 foot drop.  Hmmm...with a soon-to-be toddler...again, I say...hmmmmm.

Awesome back yard place - okay, no pics available...pooey on them.  And there was no "for sale" sign.  But according to the sites, it is still on the market.  And has some awesome features.  And being the end house in a row...well, better than smack dab in the middle.  And the yard is HUGE, and already fenced.  BONUS POINTS!  Dog + toddler = NEED. A. YARD.

Small but on its own land place - No inside photos.  All outside.  And when we drove by today, no "for sale" sign, either.  And someone there doing work.  Hmmm.  Anywho, .63 acres.  Plenty of room to fence off dog/child areas.  Only 2 bedrooms...Will be a, umm, cozy fit.  I wonder where on earth all of the office/gameroom stuff would go?  BUT - detached dwelling, outside of town, on's tempting....

The back yard is the only redeeming feature place - Outdated outdated outdated.  You can call it charm if you want...But it has the yard.  Hey, it made the list for having a yard.  Seriously doubt we will seriously consider this one.  Or, for that matter, this one 2 doors down.  Again, only because of the deck and yard.  But we haven't seen the inside...and it's as-is...scary.

Other houses with not enough information to really consider seriously:

  • Intriguing... Says a yard, fenced.  Says a lot of new updates.  NO PHOTOS.  Things that make you go hmmmmm.
  • Hey Look! No inside photos! - seriously, WTF, people?
  • There are a number of houses like this.  No photos.  Need work.  Apparently showing the inside would scare off potential buyers right away.  Eek!
I have to call the LL and write out a letter stating that we are giving our 60 days notice.  We didn't pay January rent...and will only be able to send a little bit for February.  Even with paying so much less for a house...we are going to be strapped.  So, the Hubby job hunt continues.  And, well, we begin packing.  And hope it goes straight to a house that is ours, and not into storage for the time being.  

This house hunting shit is STRESSFUL.  Man, it better be worth it!


  1. "Sold as is" and missing fixtures are going to be what you find with any short-sale or foreclosure situation, hon. We saw houses that were only a few years old that people had trashed as much as possible before being kicked out. Sometimes they even took sinks or doorknobs. Just something to be aware of as you're looking around.

  2. House hunting can be super fun....but also super stressful! Hang in there and hopefully you'll find something you fall in love with!


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