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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #17080 on: April 10, 2021, 10:11:14 am »
My Federal Tax Refund came in today!  I'm fake rich!   :laugh:

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I just sold my house. I was going to put it on the market in the next few weeks and was dreading it -- the hassle of getting it in as perfect condition as possible, keeping it constantly immaculate and having my son do the same, leaving the house with my dog during open houses and showings, etc. But my agent has been spreading the word among fellow agents that I'd be selling it soon. On Tuesday, one asked if she and a buyer could see it in an hour. I said it was totally messy and she said that's OK. So they came, spent about half an hour looking around, then called that night and offered my asking price, plus closing costs and a few other things. He put $10K down and supposedly if he backs out I get to keep the $10K. So it's a huge relief after the nightmarish previous times I tried unsuccessfully to sell it. Houses here are in such short supply and high demand that many are getting multiple offers the day they go on the market, and some are getting bid up over the asking price. I was hoping if I had listed it that might happen. But that's not guaranteed. I might get less, and now this will save me a lot of expenses, not to mention work, fixing it up.

My only slight concern is the guy who's buying it. He's this burly guy I guess in his 30s (hard to tell with masks these days) who came alone with the agent. Yesterday he had an inspection done, again came alone and followed the inspectors around. (I don't think they found anything deal-breaking, and the guy committed in advance to taking responsibility for anything they might find.) Along with their offer, the agent sent this letter he had supposedly written that went on very colorfully about everything he was going to enjoy about the house, which suspiciously parroted almost exactly what both I and my agent had emphasized was good about the house. Plus it was in all this flowery language, whereas the guy in person was kind of taciturn. I suspected the agent might have written it. Buyers sometimes include those letters, and to me it's kind of pointless because for all I care they can demolish it and rebuild. But whatever.
 
So at first I wondered if he's a pedophile. I know -- kind of a big leap, but this is an extremely family-ish neighborhood. Too much so even for me, in fact, so although the location has lots of nice things (walking distance from a lake, a creek, a library, stores, curated artisanal restaurants). I wondered what the appeal would be for a youngish single guy. Neighbors on my block have little kids. I'm three blocks from an elementary school, a middle school and a big park with a playground.

So yesterday when they did the inspection I chatted with the guy's agent while he was off with the inspector. I asked her if he was going to live here alone. She kind of hesitated and said no, he was going to have a friend with him. Whew, I thought, he's gay! That's fine, and a gay man lives alone across the street, so maybe they can be friends.

But later my son said he overheard the guy say he was going to rent out the bedrooms. There are four, and supposedly he'd have three other guys living there with him and paying enough rent to cover the mortgage payments. I guess they'd share the kitchen, dining room and living room.

So that's the weirdest scenario of all. Not as bad as a pedophile, I guess, but why would four single guys want to share a kind of ordinary house in a boring family neighborhood?



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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #17081 on: April 10, 2021, 10:29:46 am »
Two words:  meth lab. 

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #17082 on: April 10, 2021, 11:01:12 am »
Two words:  meth lab.

Hmm. Interesting theory.

If so, he'll have to write that on the disclosure documents when he goes to sell the house. That's another wierd thing. The forms ask whether you've had water in your basement, whether it's been tested for radon, whether your foundation is poured concrete or blocks, whether there's an underground well, etc. etc. ... and whether to your knowledge there's ever been a meth lab in the house.




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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #17083 on: April 10, 2021, 11:28:14 am »
I was kidding.   :-X

Congratulations! 

I had a somewhat similar situation when trying to sell my mother's house.  It was in a very desirable suburb, but was a very modest house, and not in great condition.  I really didn't want to put tons of money into it.  The realtor priced it fairly.  On its first day on the market, my realtor called me to say there was a young couple who realllllly wanted to live in the town.  (At the time, there wasn't a single house for sale under 1.4M.)  They offered WAY over the asking price, and waived the inspection completely.

Like you, I could have waited for an open house an a potential bidding war (or not).  I quickly decided to take the sure thing and have it done.  No regrets. 

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #17084 on: April 10, 2021, 12:56:24 pm »
Congrats Katy!

That must be a huge relief!

Where are  you moving to?

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #17085 on: April 10, 2021, 07:10:26 pm »
I was kidding.   :-X

I know, but I'll just add it to my list of paranoid theories. It's a pedophilia ring planning a meth lab and it's all run by Hillary Clinton.

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Congratulations! 

Thanks!

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They offered WAY over the asking price, and waived the inspection completely.
Like you, I could have waited for an open house an a potential bidding war (or not).


Well, WAY over the asking price is pretty much as good as a bidding war. My deal isn't quite that advantageous. The good thing is that since I don't even have to list it, I can skip all the sprucing and fixing and cleaning and gardening. I mean, I'll try to hand it over reasonably clean but it won't be as challenging as in the past, especially when it dragged on.

And bonus, the painter was supposed to come yesterday -- the guy does want me to go ahead and paint everything gray, as is de regueur these days  -- but luckily the painter screwed up and didn't come. That means I can wait to have it painted until after I've packed up the pictures on the walls and some of the other stuff.


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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #17086 on: April 10, 2021, 07:17:00 pm »
Congrats Katy!

That must be a huge relief.

Where are  you moving to?

Thanks, Chuck! It is indeed a huge relief.

I'm probably going to look for something around here, a residential part of the city. The only other possibility is this little town maybe 20 minutes from here. It's technically a suburb but used to be a small town and it's still structured that way -- a lively main street, train stop, etc. It's also not far from where I grew up, which unfortunately was a typical suburbia suburb that made me realize how much I prefer walkable downtown places.

I've also come to realize I don't like to move to unfamiliar locations. Unless it's (not totally unfamiliar) Denver. That's still on the table. I'm just waiting for my lottery winnings or a huge surprise inheritance to make it possible for me to quit my current job.



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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #17087 on: April 10, 2021, 09:10:02 pm »
Congratulations.  :)

I'm sure everything will go fine.

Once you're out, if the meth lab blows up, it's not your problem.  ;D
"It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide."--Charles Dickens.

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #17088 on: April 11, 2021, 10:00:39 am »
Congratulations.  :)

I'm sure everything will go fine.

Once you're out, if the meth lab blows up, it's not your problem.  ;D


Thank you! You're right. And until then, I'll know where I can get meth when I need some.



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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #17089 on: April 11, 2021, 01:03:49 pm »
Thanks, Chuck! It is indeed a huge relief.


 ??? ??? ???


Chuck is a wonderful name, a great name, all the Chucks I know (one) are among my favourite people.

But, and this is crucial, it's not my name  :laugh:

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