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Addiction LXXVIII

Old 07-22-20, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
I was mowing every three days in the spring and then like a switch, went to every week, every two weeks, and finally every three weeks. Since we’ve been getting rain for a couple weeks, I’m back to every three days.

my back yard doesn’t need rain to grow. I havnt cut my front lawn in about a month.

looking at two more houses today. I think we need to lower our expectations. So far the houses we have seen are not move in ready. They look like they have been abused, and because it’s a “sellers” market I guess this is how it’s going to be.
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Mixed up which day my early meeting was, so had to just go on a walk today. Neighbor cat was friendly enough to come down the driveway and say hello.


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I think we need to lower our expectations.
Story of my life.
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Seriously? Painted toenails on a cat? What kind of lunatic decides that's a good idea, and how big are their cajones to even give it a try?
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Seriously? Painted toenails on a cat? What kind of lunatic decides that's a good idea, and how big are their cajones to even give it a try?
I think they’re claw covers, to protect furniture without the rather unpleasant declawing.
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Mixed up which day my early meeting was, so had to just go on a walk today. Neighbor cat was friendly enough to come down the driveway and say hello.


are the cats nails painted?
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Old 07-22-20, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Mixed up which day my early meeting was, so had to just go on a walk today. Neighbor cat was friendly enough to come down the driveway and say hello.
So fluffy
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By the way... contract is signed. We should be closing between 8/22-28
Wait . . . wut . . . you got it inspected that fast? Did you at least visit it a second time?
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I think they’re claw covers, to protect furniture without the rather unpleasant declawing.
Got it. Obviously, I'm not a cat person. Declawing is just mean.
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Wait . . . wut . . . you got it inspected that fast? Did you at least visit it a second time?
Typically, you walk through once, put in an offer, and once it’s signed and you’re under contract you can do inspections. Then if there are issues you use an out clause in the contract. Different states have different terms; here in Texas it’s called the “option period”.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
It was out there a day, they weren’t even really ready to sell yet, it said “coming soon”

we see the owners every day walking our dogs, so it was easy to make a deal with them. They are excited to be selling to us and we’re excited to have this house m, we’ve loved it for years
It's a judgement call, I guess. Being from NYC and all I tend to be very cautious.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Typically, you walk through once, put in an offer, and once it’s signed and you’re under contract you can do inspections. Then if there are issues you use an out clause in the contract. Different states have different terms; here in Texas it’s called the “option period”.
I suppose. My brain has gotten 15 years older since the last time I went through the process.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Never went as far as three weeks. Since the rain has come back, it's back to once a week or maybe every five days. I cut a lawn yesterday. Probably should have done one of the other ones too, but I had other things to do.
It's been much drier down here than what you've experienced. My last cut was a week ago and can go another week before needing another cut. And before that cut it was about a 3 week interval.
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<==Doesn't mow more than once a week. That's crazy.
Because it's too hot, that's why. C'mon admit it, it's too much summer for ya. C'mon you can do it.
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Wait . . . wut . . . you got it inspected that fast? Did you at least visit it a second time?
No inspection contingency, we are doing one for our own knowledge,but that’s the market up here right now.

We have been in this layout a number of times and see the house walking by. This is probably the best condition home we’ve seen in this neighborhood. He takes meticulous care of it. I mean, the guy has a 20 year old Weber grill that looks as good as new. We actually just went back through, I had to drop off our earnest money check for him to give to his attorney. We spent about an hour chatting with him and his wife.
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No inspection contingency, we are doing one for our own knowledge,but that’s the market up here right now.

We have been in this layout a number of times and see the house walking by. This is probably the best condition home we’ve seen in this neighborhood. He takes meticulous care of it. I mean, the guy has a 20 year old Weber grill that looks as good as new. We actually just went back through, I had to drop off our earnest money check for him to give to his attorney. We spent about an hour chatting with him and his wife.
Sounds like an extraordinarily sweet scenario. Best wishes, I can only dream of being that lucky.
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Because it's too hot, that's why.
Incorrect. It doesn't grow fast enough to warrant more frequent mowing. And it certainly doesn't do so when it gets hot and dry. Quite the opposite.
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Sounds like an extraordinarily sweet scenario. Best wishes, I can only dream of being that lucky.
It’s been a year of hell to get to this point though.

We’ve lost a house we were under contract on. Had an offer not work out on one house two different times (long story), lost another house where the seller wanted to accept our offer but needed us to wait 3 months to close (our former realtor gave us really bad advice or we would have just waited).

We got to the point where we were looking in houses in other neighborhoods that were priced 50k over what we wanted to spend. I think perhaps it was fate, we got the house we always wanted but never thought it would be for sale.

This is the 7th or 8th house we have gone after. What’s crazy is that last spring, these houses were going for 40k less than they are now. But... with the expansion happening around here, I believe these prices are going to continue to hold or we would have waited.
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I can only dream of being that lucky.
Me too. I need to find something somewhere.
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I realized, yesterday, that our spectacular weather lately, is due not to lower temperatures(though there is some of that too), but to the fact that the normal high humidity has gone walkabout. 18 years in the tropics and I've never seen the likes of it. It will be a sad day when said humidity returns.
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Coincidentally it will be 30 years this Labor Day since I moved out of the city into my first home in the Hudson Valley. The realization of a dream come true for two young professionals from Harlem.

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It’s been a year of hell to get to this point though.

We’ve lost a house we were under contract on. Had an offer not work out on one house two different times (long story), lost another house where the seller wanted to accept our offer but needed us to wait 3 months to close (our former realtor gave us really bad advice or we would have just waited).

We got to the point where we were looking in houses in other neighborhoods that were priced 50k over what we wanted to spend. I think perhaps it was fate, we got the house we always wanted but never thought it would be for sale.

This is the 7th or 8th house we have gone after. What’s crazy is that last spring, these houses were going for 40k less than they are now. But... with the expansion happening around here, I believe these prices are going to continue to hold or we would have waited.
Yes, you paid your dues, I didn't mean to suggest your house hunting experience was a walk in the park. Your post puts things in great perspective.

Knowing that, I guess that's why we're dragging our feet to move out of here, we just don't look forward to the tough part.
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Got it. Obviously, I'm not a cat person. Declawing is just mean.
It’s horrible, especially for a cat who goes outside. Takes away it’s major defensive weapon.
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Woke up this morning thinking it was Thursday. Major downer.
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