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[Mar. 5th, 2007|05:21 pm]
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Our dream house that we saw when we first started looking just dropped another $50K (making the total discount $125K!), putting it squarely in our price range. It doesn't leave a lot of money left over for furnishings, but we really don't need much new stuff anyway. Eeee!

[User Picture]From: peculiaire
2007-03-06 01:27 am (UTC)
What's the house? I'm quite jealous, real estate in my new part of the world is prohibitively expensive. As much as I would love a SF Victorian, I'll have to settle for paying a Michigan mortgage payment on rent for a 1-bedroom. :)
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2007-03-06 02:19 am (UTC)
It's this one, built last spring by these folks, young rogue builders with incredible knowledge of both green building techniques and interior design. It's literally their office right now. Still, I'd trade it for a job running Yahoo's storage. As for San Fran and greater Southern Cali, the real estate there makes Ann Arbor look decidedly, well, midwestern. I once turned down a $60K job in San Ramon that boiled down to dropping laptops and going to Comdex because I'd have to live an hour an ad half away in a studio apartment.
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[User Picture]From: hannunvaakuna
2007-03-06 04:21 am (UTC)
wow, that is absolutely stunning! good luck to both of you (:
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2007-03-06 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks niceKatelady! We're going to see it again this weekend to make sure, but then begins the icky process of actually buying it, which entails a ton of legal and procedural crap. Once it's over, though, I think we'll both be a lot happier for it, which makes it worth the trouble.
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[User Picture]From: matic
2007-03-06 02:44 am (UTC)
I fled the overly high DC prices and now have a largeish house with a stunning mountain view for what i paid for my 1 bedroom apt in the ghetto of maryland!
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2007-03-06 04:59 am (UTC)
Yes, but it will be some time until I accrue the p1mpjuice to be as mighty as you.
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From: mrpot
2007-03-06 02:36 am (UTC)
Who needs furniture? Your house will be full of dreams!
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2007-03-06 05:00 am (UTC)
We've got some cash to put towards furniture, as at some point you have to stop sitting on dreams and start sitting on a new couch.
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From: pax_eterna
2007-03-06 05:07 am (UTC)
That's cool. We are looking to move sometime in the Summer or the Fall, but we haven't even started looking for a new place to live yet. We're thinking a townhouse somewhere in Auburn Hills. Depending on the location, it wouldn't be overly expensive, and the Avondale school district is one of the better public ones in the area. Plus, we could get out of bumfuck. :)

Down the line, though, we definitely want a house, but we don't have the money for that right now.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2007-03-06 05:22 am (UTC)
Condos are a good investment right now, but look out for association fees. You're paying property taxes, association fees, _and_ a mortgage all at once for the privilege of having a dedicated sales force to help you move out. If you do move, do so before the mortgage rates go up and the property values soar. Theoretically you can buy now, live where you're at until the market reaches the opposite pole, then use your equity to buy a much nicer place, and actually be able to sell compared to FSBO.
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[User Picture]From: shawboy
2007-03-06 06:19 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: euphoric_x
2007-03-06 09:04 pm (UTC)
good luck on the new house.
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2007-03-06 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks man, and I'll get back to you on COMA soon.
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[User Picture]From: chemicaljen
2007-03-07 08:18 pm (UTC)
very nice.
i likes the grand ledge houses. maybe someday i'll buy one.
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[User Picture]From: twizedkitty
2007-03-09 04:04 am (UTC)
welcome to my world...well a hell of alot nicer and bigger than my world but the world of home ownership none the less
Good Luck!!
and the pic. look beautiful
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[User Picture]From: arcsine
2007-03-09 01:11 pm (UTC)
Mooooovin on uuuuup, to th'easiiiiide!

Hey, you've done this before. What the hell is a title company? Are they just like escrow, or?
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