Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Crazy World of Real Estate

Home Sweet Rental Home

This week has reminded me why I stopped selling real estate years ago, it's a nightmare!!! We made an offer on the house we wanted, the husband verbally accepted and told the realtor he would have his wife sign and return the paperwork by Saturday, needless to say the realtor did hear from them all weekend then on Monday she called to see what was going on and he said they had been fighting all weekend and they decided not to sell! As frustrating as this is to deal with I'm thankful that we didn't get the house, this was the 3rd time we had tried to buy it and obviously God doesn't want us living there. I looked at a For Sale By Owner in the same neighborhood yesterday, it was a 2400 sq ft home and they wanted $350,000 FIRM, I thought I would laugh in their faces! Our friends who are paying two mortgages are going to let us rent their house for 6 months, it's the one that is in rough shape and we are going to be paying $1500 a month, ouch! I'm just thankful to have a place to live that is large enough for our family and the repairs are mainly cosmetic and it will give me something to blog about, we are moving in November 10th.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

When You Don't Know What To Do ~ Eat Cake

This past weekend the weather was perfect! The boys had so much fun painting pumpkins, this year they have decided not to go trick or treating, they just want to stay home and give out candy. This is breaking my heart, it means they are growing up way too fast!

I'm trying to avoid reality so I baked all day Saturday, it's amazing how two kinds of chocolate cake and chess bars can make you forget you're going to homeless in three weeks if our offer isn't accepted on the new house. Speaking of the new house we made an offer on the third house pictured in the previous post, now the owners aren't so sure they want to sell! Can you believe that? After all we've been through to sell this house and the people who are willing to let us rent their home (that needs a ton of work, but that's another story) want $1500 a month, we could buy a $350000 house for $1500 a month!! It amazes me how people think their stuff is worth so much when they only want to give you the bare minimum for your things, go figure! The chocolate cake was really good, oh yea I forgot I started Weight Watchers, OOPS, LOL!!!

I finished this little cross-stitch project this week, I love stitching dish towels they are quick and easy!

A few weeks ago Tom & I attended a small fundraiser for Rand Paul (he's running for a US senate seat) we really enjoyed meeting him and actually getting to do something without the children for a change.
If you will keep please keep our family in your prayers during the next few weeks.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Housing Crisis

This is our current house which is under contract, it is a 3 bedroom, 2 1/1 bath home with 1980 square feet.
This house is for sale in our neighborhood, it has 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath with 2450 square feet and it has an extra lot that is available for purchase. This house needs hardwood floors, the master bedroom is kinda small and there is only one small closet in the master bedroom.

This is the house that we have tried to buy twice and each time something has happened and the contract has fallen through on the sellers part, well now that we have our house under contract I looked at the house again and this time they are asking $5000 more and will not leave the stove or refrigerator and this house also needs hardwood floors and its at the very top of our budget.
We have so many decisions to make. We have found one house to rent for 6 months but they are asking $1500 per month it needs to be painted, carpets cleaned and baseboards installed in 3 rooms and its 25 minutes from the boy's school on a narrow, curvy country road. I think we should rent for a while so we don't rush into a house that we really don't like but I really don't like the location of the rental house. I know you are thinking just find another rental but the problem with that is there isn't anything, we live in a very rural part of Kentucky, nice housing is very hard to come by. What would do and which house do you like best?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What A Week!

The past week has been one for the record books! I celebrated my 39th birthday, for the first time, celebrated my 14th wedding anniversary, sold my house and I have an ear infection! We aren't having any luck finding a house to buy so we have switched gears and are trying to find something to lease. This move is really invading my crafting time & I don't like it! I have managed to start a small cross-stitching project, it's a cute Lizzie Kate design and I'm stitching it on a dish towel. I would love to learn to crochet, do any of you crochet? Sewing, scrapbooking, card making, cross-stitching and playing with my fabric stash is so much fun, wonder what I'll find when I start packing up all my stuff, LOL!!

I gave myself a birthday present, I joined Weight Watchers! I need to lose a lot of weight. I seriously considered gastric bypass, but as of June 2010 our insurance company no longer covers baratric services and I don't have $20,000 just laying around. I've had a few friends that have gone through gastric bypass and they are all gaining their weight back. it's really sad seeing as what they have permanently done to their bodies. Weight Watchers is very sensible and reasonably priced so I'm giving it another go, wish me luck!!
I have discovered several new blogs in the last little bit, I love seeing all of your comments they always put a smile on my face and I look forward to getting to know each of you!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Love Story

Tom and I have a beautiful love story, we met in high school but didn't date until 9 years later, we have been through many ups and downs but I wouldn't change a thing! Today we are celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary, I'm so thankful he chose me to be his wife!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Real Estate

Finally after 5 long months on the market our house is under contract!!! YEAH!!!! We can now buy a bigger house!!! I never spend my money until it's in the bank but the buyers are pre-approved and don't have to sell anything to buy, they also want immediate possession (scary) but the house we want to buy is being offered with possession at closing. Hopefully, everything will work out!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Feeling Kinda Crafty

Oh this rainy, cold October weather just warms my heart and makes me want to start a million new projects! I'm already scouring Christmas magazines in search of things to craft, I think that I may cross-stitch a few ornaments for my family room tree and I'm going to try my hand at quilting, my lovely neighbor and friend has offered to help, now that's a true friend!

We had one of the best weekends in recent memory at our little piece of heaven on earth (aka Lake Cumberland) we didn't really do anything but the laughter and bonding that was shared between our family was better than anything we could have paid to do!

I will post pictures tomorrow of some of my projects. Take care and enjoy this wonderful October weather!!