Wednesday, October 15, 2008

House Hopscotch

Honestly, if everyone is being as obnoxious as we are when looking for the best deal on a house, I completely understand why our house isn't selling. Seriously, we have made three offers since we moved. We withdrew two because the owners just weren't willing to come down enough in price, and one because we weren't sure condo living was for us. We still aren't sure if condo living is for us. I hate the fact that I have to pay a monthly fee so someone can tell me what I can and can't do with my own place. No satellite dishes? Do you know how much joy my satellite dish brings me? Like, more then tickling dolphins. Baby dolphins.

But in fairness, when you are using words like half a million and fixer upper in the same sentence, I think you have every damn right to be picky. And call a spade a spade. Some of the houses in this area are just plain overpriced. There has been a whole lot of speculation in the Bow Valley over the past four years that has driven prices into the stratosphere. Some of these prices are not only unsustainable, but should almost be down right illegal. When I figure you are asking about a $100,000 more for a house then you should, and said house still requires all new flooring and paint, uh mm, yeah, I'm going to fight for every nickle. And right now it is a buyer's market, we have a good shot of getting into something we just couldn't have afforded here a year ago. So I am going to go after the best deal. Sucks for you, great for me.

I just keep telling myself, be patient! Don't jump. Find the best deal. Remember you would like to retire sometime before your joints give out. It's like my mantra now. Even Mark told me today I am being more bloodless then he has ever seen me. F$%king right. Worrying about carrying a huge mortgage can turn anyone into a samurai.

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