Good news!

No, I don't have a house, that would be great news.

But. . . we are getting a Fresh Market.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

House Get?

About a dozen times a day now I think to myself that I want a house, and to be done searching. In my mind it will somehow validate the last six months of my existence and prove I'm not a monumental failure if I can just find the right house with the right features at the right price in the right place*.

House get?

*I realize this line of reasoning is horribly flawed, but I still know the house is a wise investment and I still plan to buy one, so I'm clinging to it for motivation.

Friday, June 20, 2008

I learned a definition today.

For the term "having the rug pulled out from under you."

I mean, I had knowledge of the implication.

But now I know the meaning.

Sometime this afternoon, I found myself standing the perfect house for my needs. Reasonable cost, ideal location, great setup, very little work to do before I could move in, and a shop space and apartment below that I could rent out, in the bargain.

Sometime this afternoon, probably while I was standing in the house, it was removed from the MLS list pending sale.

So, here we go. Again.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Buying a house is a bit like feeding yourself to a lion.

A large part of you wonders "why am I trying to do this?"

And another part of you wonders "why, if I'm so tasty, is the lion so very, very recalcitrant to eat me? Am I not succulent enough? Am I not properly seasoned?"

This house thing has been one long adventure. Mostly because I was gone for three weeks after signing an agreement on the first house, which made things a little chaotic when I got back and had to get an appraisal and inspection completed in 3 days (eek!) and in this manner discovered that the house has serious problems (I knew that) and I can't use a regular mortgage to buy it (I didn't know that) and it's net worth right now is about the same as a Japanese mid-size luxury automobile with all the extras (I knew it would be bad; I didn't know it would be that bad).

One terminated contract later, we're back near square one. I've sent the seller an entirely new (and considerably reduced in price) offer, which he's "running some numbers" on now, and I expect to see a counter offer made of fail on my desk sometime Monday afternoon.

So I'm creating a new list of properties to view, and will start looking around again next week (sigh). With luck, I hope to be closing sometime before mid-July, which would put me out of this place completely by July 31. We'll see.

Saturday, June 07, 2008