Thursday, February 28, 2008
I've been spending spare time scouring the internet for dining room tables. Must haves: expandable, under $1K, adaptable style, dark brown. Would be nice: round, free delivery. Send me links to any you find that fit the bill!
I'm taking next Friday off to be around for the home inspection in the afternoon, and to be the first one in the door at the Restoration Hardware warehouse sale at 10AM in Edgewood. It only happens once a month in two locations nation-wide: MD and CA. I knew I moved to Baltimore for a reason! (I mean, other than my wonderful husband, of course.)
Monday, February 25, 2008
Anyway, we got the house- hooray!! He accepted our offer with no counter! Kyle, does that mean I can splurge on a dining room table from Restoration Hardware?!
April 25 is the settlement date now, but we may choose to move that a little earlier if we get antsy.
Enough of you guys- back to the champagne!!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
JoAnn sent the offer over to the listing agent right away on Saturday afternoon. No word from the seller yet, but the listing agent has been keeping JoAnn informed so I'm sure we'll hear just as soon as there is any news.
Since we've been a little pre-occupied with this house over the last few days, I haven't given any updates on the others we saw on Thursday...but one of them sure was bad. It was by far the most cluttered house any of us had ever seen. I am kicking myself that I didn't have my camera with me. It smelled like a hunting camp because they BURN THEIR GARBAGE IN THE FIREPLACE. They had "updated" the kitchen, but left old paneling on half the walls. They had added a few coat closets, without doors, in the living room- why not? Then upstairs, we found four bedrooms, but we could only walk into one of them. The other three were basically filled with stuff from floor to ceiling. These homeowners are the perfect candidates to be on HGTV's Clean House!
Anyway, I'll post some pictures of the prospective new home on Monday, and letcha know as soon as we hear a response to our offer!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
It's in our ideal neighborhood, and we'd had our eyes on it since December. It needed to be completely renovated inside, but for the location and the fact that it has a 2-car garage, big yard, and most importantly, adorable built-in benches on the front porch, we were up for the challenge!
We made an offer the day after they dropped the price, but so did 3 other jerks. We came in third. Well, we didn't get it, but hey, as Mitt Romney would say, "we got the bronze!" And, as JoAnn's partner, big Hank, who helped us make the offer says, the sellers were just being greedy piggies. And nobody likes a greedy piggy.
Interesting fact: the house was built in 1929 and the seller has lived there for the entire life of the house, and since he was 4 years old! From the following images, you'll see that not much has changed inside since 1929...
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
We're going to look at this house on Thursday. It's not in our first choice neighborhood, but it is in Baltimore County (as opposed to the City...much cheaper taxes in the county!), and is on a very cute street.
I think it's adorable and the price is definitely right, so cross your fingers for us!
P.S. I have learned that "cute" is the wrong word to use as a descriptor, around Kyle. To him, it translates as "Katie is in love with this house and is not going to make a rational decision. I will have to make lots of repairs because she thinks it's cute." So, I'll use it as much as possible here to get it out of my system. Please excuse my repetition.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
We really hit it off with Agents A and A1- they were young, hip, and hungry for business. The day after our meeting, A1 emailed me to ask if I had lost an earring- they found one on the floor in the room where we met - it had fallen out of my purse. We ended up emailing back and forth about how we always lose things for months in purses we haven't used in a while, then it's like finding hidden treasure when you pull that purse out of the closet again.
We ultimately decided to go with Agent C (JoAnn for future reference) because of her experience and the fact that she is an architect so will be knowledgable in helping us find structural faults, come up with renovation ideas, etc.
But then I had to break up (over email...only slightly better than by post-it) with A, A1, and B! They all took it pretty well, but it was way too awkward for me to ask for them to send my earring back to me. So far- Baltimore housing market: 1, Katie & Kyle: 0.
Our search began in early January, and there have been some pretty funny episodes since then, many of which I thought worthy of sharing. So, check in often- we usually go out on the town with our realtor on Thursdays and Saturdays.
And, advice is welcome. So are gifts of cash- Charm City is not cheap.