Posts Tagged ‘houses’

So much going on

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

There’s so much going on these days and so little time it seems.  I had a bad run in with the liquid shits last night and this morning so I’m taking a sick day today.  So today’s been a bit of a breather which is nice.  I got to sleep in (mostly).

We found a house and the contract negotiations are complete as of last night.  We will be closing on October 24th (when some money comes available for us) and moving in directly afterwards.  Probably just in time for the baby to be ready to do it’s impression of an Alien chestburster.  Or something like that.  That ordeal is coming to an end and then of course the constant ordeal of home ownership starts.  But that’s OK.  We know how that works already.  We’re old pros.

I still need to post pictures of my car.  Wow, I’m such a slacker.  Muse got her old car back from my Step-Mom who bought it from us when we left for Hong Kong.  Of course we had to pay for it but it makes Muse happy and that’s a good thing these days.  At least she’s no longer a menace to society driving the gigantic white truck around.  Not because she’s a bad driver but because she feels like she can run over everything if she wants too.

On Sunday we finally got mobile phones.  Finally.  I got a 8GB Apple iPhone and Muse got a red LG Shine slider.  Oh it is so nice to be tethered once more.  I’m not sure what it is but I don’t even feel comfortable being disconnected like that.  Of course now I have to figure out how to make my iPhone sync with the Bluetooth functions of my car.  Yay for technology!

What I really wish I could figure out though is how to get music onto my iPhone through iTunes.  I thought that crap was supposed to be simple?!

Well, that’s all I got.  Keep hoping that my ass is done vomiting.  I know that’s what I’m hoping.

Waiting again

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

We got the written counter-offer on the house yesterday afternoon and the wording had been changed.  Probably not a big deal but it is a seriously legal binding contract with mucho money on the line.  So, many phone calls were made and lots of aggravation ensued.  However, in the end we got what we wanted and sent in our signed copies.

So far we haven’t heard anything back from the seller.  They still need to initial off on the the wording changes to their counter-offer that they verbally agreed to.  It shouldn’t be a problem but I’m getting a little antsy waiting to hear the official answer.

Of course that won’t be the end of it.  There’s a bazillion inspections that need to be done (I think I mentioned that before, it’s hard to forget a bazillion).  Some they have to pay for but most we have to pay for.  All part of the process I suppose.  I’m just hoping that interest rates go down again before we close.  The financial industry is getting scary again but I’m hoping it works in our favor.

Well, we shall see.

Closer, I think

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Sunday it rained like hell. The perfect day to go look at houses.  If you ever in the market to buy a house, rain is your friend.  The harder the rain the better.  Why?  Because if a house has roof problems or a leaky basement, you may not find that out if it’s been dry out for the past week.  Not everyone is completely honest on those Seller’s Discloser statements and nothing beats rain for an equalizer.

That being said: when we went and looked at houses on Sunday, we saw a lot of water in basements.  Even houses that have no previous signs of water were leaking.  That was serious rain we had.  Seriously.  There were a few houses that we probably would have loved in a dry spell and would have been cursing the heavens when that rain came during our ownership.

And yet, we found one.

A contract was written on Monday for a house in Manchester and we got a verbal counter-offer that we accepted (again verbally) and we are one step closer to having a home again.  I’m expecting to see a written counter-offer to sign any time now.  Sooner rather than later of course.  The seller only has till 7:00pm tonight before our contract expires.

Of course that’s not the end of it though.  We have a bazillion inspections that need to be done (yes a bazillion) and you never know what will come from those.  But I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  Well not when I type of course….

Bad writer

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Oh I have been absolutely terrible with updating lately, haven’t I?  Well, I’m not one of those weirdos who feels like I have to apologize to you people for not entertaining you for a few days so just deal with it.  I’ve been busy.

Muse and I have been using every available minute of our realtor to look at houses.  We looked at eight or so last night and will be up at the crack of dawn to look at another eight tomorrow morning.  So far we’ve found only a couple of decent places and a whole lot of crap.  Nothing really that just says “Spend $200,000 on me!” as soon as you walk in though.  It’s getting a little depressing.  The agent is a good sport about it all but he did gently let me know that after this weekend we will have looked at around 70 houses.  Wow.  That’s insane.

I remember all of our friends and family telling us how great the housing market was and how everything was dirt cheap.  Of course they also said that about cars and we found that it just wasn’t true unless you want to buy an SUV that guzzles gas.  The housing market sucks ass.  At least here in St. Louis, Missouri.  Sure there are a lot out there to choose from but a bunch are in financial or physical distress.  Many are still over priced and “haven’t gotten the memo” about the economy.  Others, are just a bad fit for us for one reason or another.  Sometimes many reasons.

Well, I’m hoping we find an ace tomorrow.  We both are.  We’re running out of time and that baby is getting big!

An update

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

A long holiday weekend.  Time to relax and sleep in and generally enjoy yourself.  Yeah right.

Thursday night, the power went out and didn’t come back on until almost the afternoon on Friday.  We went to bed with the window open and no breeze and sweated.  I barely slept and I’m sure Muse didn’t sleep well either.  I woke up the next morning and took a shower by flashlight and skipped breakfast because we couldn’t open the fridge.

Friday I was exhausted at work and luckily it was only moderately busy.  But then I get home and we have to get packed up and drive 100 miles down to the country to visit with Muse’s family.  Highway 55 was completely stopped in Barnhart for some unknown reason so we had to fight a parking lot of cars to get off the highway and take some backroads to get out of the mess.  Needless to say that 100 mile trip became much longer than normal.

Of course we had to go visit people who are up drinking (unlike us) instead of going to sleep.  We didn’t get to crash until around 1:30am Saturday.  I’m pretty sure I’d only been asleep for 15 minutes when Muse woke me up with hallucinations of a large spider crawling on me.  Which wouldn’t be completely out of the question considering no one had been in the house we were staying at for a while.  But no.  No spider.  OK back to bed.  Another restless night on an ancient and uncomfortable bed only gives us marginally more sleep than the night before.  At least there is some air-conditioning.

Saturday was spent visiting various family members who all live near each other but can’t really stand one another.   It wasn’t horrible, but it would be so much nicer if Muse’s family could just quit worrying about who is screwing over who for what and just get together so we could see them all at once.  I get so sick of telling and hearing the same stories five times because each visit is like another day of Groundhog Day forever doomed to repeat.

Of course being tired and sleep deprived, I really wanted to get out of the country and back to St. Louis while there was still some daylight.  And of course that didn’t happen.  At least we got some dinner out of the deal before we stayed even longer.  Dinner which didn’t sit well with me unfortunately.  But finally we got on the road and Muse layed back in the seat and proceeded to sleep the next hour of the trip home.  Good thing the new car has satellite radio to keep me entertained.  So we got back in around 11:30pm and had to take care of the dogs and probably didn’t get to bed till around 12:30am or so.  And then I set the alarm for 6:45am.

On Sunday morning we got up early and met our real estate agent to view a bunch of houses in the South County area.  No luck.  We finished up and headed home.  Muse took a nap and I joined her.  Unfortunately my lingering cough that I’ve had since I returned from Hong Kong cropped up and gave me coughing fits.  OK no nap for me.  The rest of Sunday was fairly uneventful and we started a big jigsaw puzzle with my Mom and Step-Dad for lack of anything better to do.  Besides, when was the last time I did one of those?  Who knows.

We stayed up late again and set the alarm for 6:30am.  More house viewings on Monday morning.  Needless to say, we were one of the only cars on the road at 7:45am on Labor Day.    We went on a marathon run of house viewings and only found one maybe and another possibly-maybe.  Muse took another nap in the afternoon and I helped finish up the jigsaw puzzle.

Party on dudes.  Party on.