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A general update v2
Henloooo! Anyone there? Hey everyone that’s still reading my blog; you guys are still here, right?? I haven't really been shilling the site much lately, so I don't really know. I don't even keep track of visits or any kind of analytics, so it's all a void to me.
Anywho, I’ve been a little busy the past few weeks, and haven’t been in the mood to write anything up for the blog.
I’ve been on the house hunting front, and it hasn’t been that easy since we all know that the price of housing is still at an all time high, and mortgage interest rates are increasing. Scalpers are still out there in full force, but fortunately the sorts of homes that I’ve been on the look out for are often surprisingly affordable, but just difficult to find. These are pretty much old farm homes built over 80 years ago in a secluded location with some land. They’re often in rough shape and in serious need of repair, as well as a whole lot of restoration due to the blight of the 70’s that either covered up or destroyed anything of original character.
You can still find them, but the land part is nearly impossible, unless you really bump up that budget!
The first house that I blogged about a few months back unfortunately didn’t make it. The owner wasn’t interested in my offer since they were adamant in keeping the barn and 1 acre of land which I required. I was offering well over fair price for it given the depreciated condition of the house and the money pit it was going to be to repair.
So after more searching and more waiting, another place meeting my criteria was listed! It’s a house built in the 1930’s that’s about 1,800 sqft, includes a nice large barn, a well and pump, and a chain link fence around the perimeter! The house is in very good condition, not requiring too many repairs; but restorative work wise, it’ll need a lot done since it’s wrapped up in ugly old gray vinyl, some of the interior is covered in faux wood paneling where it once would have been a wallpaper over fabric and shiplap, a few hardwood floors covered up in linoleum, and much of its original trim and hardware fixtures are unfortunately missing. I suspect the kitchen’s original hardwood flooring is missing too since the seller had it redone after re-leveling the house. I think it will be a fun project to gradually restore, giving me the opportunity to visit garage sales, estates sales, and vintage shops.
It’s not on very much land, coming in at 0.9 acres, but I did speak to a neighbor who knows the owner of a parcel of land beside the house that would be willing to sale. The house is primarily a first level home, but it does have two bed rooms on the second level with a bath.
The seller is asking for more than I believe it’s really worth, but given its good condition, they’re not trying to scalp you for it either, so I’ve submitted my offer for the house and the seller accepted. We signed a purchase contract just a few days ago. In the next few days I’ll be busy dealing with signing papers, reading papers, and probably driving my butt off too. I didn’t really take it into consideration that the title company is half way on the other side of Texas, so I’m going to do everything digitally where possible.
I hope it works out this time, because my parents are slowly driving me nuts. There’s no way I can make it here for mare than a year. Somedays the apartment could get pretty bad with the noise levels due to peoples crappy dogs, ambulance sirens every 5 minutes, and people peeling off at the traffic light on the street; but this is way worse. I’m not gonna rag on them and bitch about it though because it's pretty much rent free, so I'm thankful for that. I'll just keep dealing with it until an opportunity arrives while saving up more money in the meantime.
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