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By: GardenGrrl, 2:17 AM GMT on January 30, 2011
Only in Texas can we have a gorgeous 76f day like today and by Tuesday predictions of Ice Pellets followed with COLD.
Today we saw the inside of a house we have checked out earlier in the week from the outside while doing neighborhood re-con. So, basically I fell in love twice today.
The first was a similar home with an amazing kitchen re-model, granite counters and serious chef gas stove with a vent-a-hood. The outside of the house was so-so. The yard and neighborhood kind of sketchy. Did I mention the cool over head lighting. You could do a cooking show in that kitchen.
The next house also has a beautiful kitchen but no gas stove. Same layout, split bedrooms separated by the living room. (Important for two people with day / night work schedules)This one is in a really nice neighborhood close to the largest greenbelt in Lewisville. Ride the bike two blocks down the ally to the park bike trails. It's a bit smaller in square feet than the other but the yard is a 1/4 acre on a cul-de-sac of people that keep their yards nice. It needs a fence for the backyard.
Get this; it has an electric / solar 50 gallon water heater, thermal windows and new 14 seer hvac unit. We decided that this is the one. The outside is really cute too. The mortgage guy has pre-approved us so now the realtor is sending a contract over to start making the offer etc.
There are tenants in the house so the realtor says she is doing an attachment clause regarding tenants gone and clean house by closing.
Because buying a modular home is a lot like buying a car, this whole thing of buying a site built home and land is brand new territory.
Anyone have any advice for a new home buyer?
This is one half of the house. Spouse said I can't show the address over the internet, but the other side is better because it has a big tree. The bushes in front get trimmed after we move in. Okaaay, that picture came out as a little x-box. Now it's at the bottom of the page.
This is the kitchen. It's not too shabby even without a gas stove.
This is the solar panel for the water heater. The roof is ten years old.
This is a cat from another house we looked at.
Updated: 2:57 AM GMT on January 30, 2011
By: GardenGrrl, 5:45 AM GMT on January 23, 2011
We are taking the plunge. With homes between 10 and 20k below market value and low interest rates starting to climb, we decided to get a regular house.
Have been combing the internet for houses we might like. Did you know if you go to Google Maps and type in the street address of a home you know is for sale it will show a box that asks if you want to see all the homes for sale in that area.
Then you can view them through satellite and street mode. This is great for seeing if a yard is fenced, if the rest of the neighborhood is a dump, etc.
We toured several areas today that we like the homes in. Now have to find a decent realtor to arrange showings, negotiate price etc. This is work.
It's very exciting for all the work going into this. Really not looking forward to moving but have already started "landscaping" my new yard. Would be great if we could find a place that would let us have chickens ;-)
So, it's off to my real job and then back to the great house hunt mid-week.
Roxie's getting a fenced yard!