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Five Things I Should Know About Buying A House

 
 
fishin
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 07:51 pm
Congrats! Cheers to the new home owners. Smile
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 09:21 pm
Yippee for the Sozfamily!!
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 09:27 pm
Wow!
What a process. I don't think I could have lasted that long.
Does this mean you have the keys in your possession now? (that's what closing means here - you go to your lawyer and they hand over the keys after you sign a few more piles of paper)
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 09:36 pm
Closing usually means that here too, but not always. In this case, the two parts are separated; closing today, possession (handover of keys) later. We actually move in about a week. I'm SO looking forward to walking in and looking around MY house. Yay!!
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 09:43 pm
So if you were in the right city, you could walk in and have a party tonight?


Whoooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!
Party at soz's!



I remember the first night at my first real place. The director where I worked brought a pile of us to my place in his van. We dragged a mattress out of the van into the living room, lit a pile of candles and drank wine and ate pate and crackers and fruit, and told stories. The first night in a new place, your own place, can be a lot of fun. (Just make sure you know where you're going to sleep)
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 09:45 pm
Nope, the people who live there now won't be out for a few days. That's the "possession" part, though technically they're living in my house.

Next week, tho...! :-D

That sounds like a great first night!
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msolga
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 10:52 pm
Already, Soz? How exciting! Please keep us posted on the progress of "bonding" with your new home. Perhaps a new thread? You must be SO excited! Very Happy
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OCCOM BILL
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2004 11:18 pm
Congratulations Sozobe!
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Thomas
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 01:05 am
Congratulations, best wishes, and enjoy the honeymoon with your new house! Smile
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 07:43 am
Congratulations. You have a nest. Hold your dominion.
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 09:06 am
Soz
Soz, a professional house inspection is top priority for a house of the age you are interested in. They will cover the usual suspects of inspections.

But one inspection that many people forget about is the sewer and water lines from your house to the utility hookup. Hiring a sewer inspector to use the latest high tech equipment to examine the integrity of all of your lines, especially if you have trees in the areas, will save you thousands of repair and replacement dollars in the future.

You also want to be sure that the electrical fuse box will support all the plug-in equipment we used in the modern world that was not provided for in older homes. requiring and additional fuse boxes may be necessary to support all the electronics you may want, including any hearing-aiding equipment for your special needs. This may also include additional phone and computer wiring. You will want to know what the house lacks so you can estimate the additional costs.

An inspection of the roof will tell you how long it will be before you will be faced with expensive reroofing. And the fireplace and chimney should be checked in an older home for safety and integrity of the structure.

These things are big ticket costs and the more you know about them the better off you will be in assessing whether the house is for you.

Driving around the neighborhood at different times of the day and days of the week and talking to neighbors will also help you decide if this is a good location for you. Pick up a copy of the local newspaper to learn of problems you should be aware of. The internet can provide crime statistics for the area, usually found in the real estate industry's sites.

When I bought my Albuquerque home while I was in California, I used the internet to search for houses. Many included visual tours or photographs. This helped to narrow down my search when I flew to Albuquerque. I was able to buy a home in two days.

BBB
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sozobe
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 03:00 pm
All those things were taken care of, BBB, thanks! The research phase (including several types of inspectors) was intense but has been over for a while.

And thanks for the good wishes, all!
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 03:38 pm
I wonder if Setanta's spotted this yet?
Should I warn him?

naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
Very Happy
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sozobe
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jul, 2004 04:03 pm
:-D
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