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« on: April 30, 2008, 06:28:06 PM »

Just got a call from my very best friend from chiro school.

He practices in Michigan and is very successful.

Some years ago, I went to visit him and check out the new house he had built.

It was enormous.

13 rooms. Same neighborhood as Isaiah Thomas.

But, he lived alone.

"John," I asked him, "You are only one person...why so big a house? You can only be in one room at one time..."

He wanted to impress women.

"Man, you should just drive the in front of a house like this, tell 'em its yours, but you can't go in cause its getting painted..."

Lotta aggravation for a guy with family or no kids.

Well, he ended up selling it, took a loss (sold at the wrong time), and got a smaller, but nice, place.

Anyone here have a similar situation? Too big? Too small?

Moosejay (yes, I am still in the hospital and bored...)
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008, 06:31:26 PM »

moose. you got one of those morphine pump things that respond every time you hit it (up to a certain level i realize) if so, hit it twice for the old 'sol  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 06:32:58 PM »


Moose, you're pretty coherent for a guy who just had his frontal lobe removed.
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2008, 06:33:26 PM »

i think mine is 2300 sq ft.  4 BR, 2 giant baths, big office, big playroom, awesome ceilings, huge yard... just over $1000 per month in florida's downtrodden rental situation
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008, 06:34:03 PM »

moose. you got one of those morphine pump things that respond every time you hit it (up to a certain level i realize) if so, hit it twice for the old 'sol  Cheesy

Ha!

Yeah...a PCA pump[...they just don't quite give you enough to give you the ole' 'morphine-nose-itch' syndrome, tho.... Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2008, 06:34:48 PM »

i think mine is 2300 sq ft.  4 BR, 2 giant baths, big office, big playroom, awesome ceilings, huge yard... just over $1000 per month in florida's downtrodden rental situation

You're renting?
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2008, 06:35:52 PM »

bought my house in 1986, 1400 sq ft, $13k down, $600/month, original mortgage, never refinanced

zillow.com shows it's lost $60k in value in the last 6 months.  oh well.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2008, 06:36:08 PM »

i think mine is 2300 sq ft.  4 BR, 2 giant baths, big office, big playroom, awesome ceilings, huge yard... just over $1000 per month in florida's downtrodden rental situation

Pretty good....mine is a tad under 2,000 sq. ft....but I live alone, 2.5 baths; 2 br; home office; vaulted ceilings; 1/2 acre yard, three car garage (but I only have one car!)
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2008, 06:36:52 PM »

im sure youre still up a boat load though tim
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2008, 06:37:38 PM »

You're renting?

Yessir.  I had all my pennies ready to put down a down payment last summer, then everyone started selling and houses dropped... I was *really* ready to buy, then a bunch of scumbags moved into the nice neighborhoods, crime went up, and now I don't know where I want to live.

FL has gone downhill bad with the recession, with 1 in 80 homes being foreclosed.  1/3 of the houses on any street are for rent, with 2-3 of them being empty.  You haev some filthy people moving into formerly high quality areas because rent is so cheap.  I don't like it, and I don't have a clue when, where, or if to buy here.
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2008, 06:37:44 PM »

bought my house in 1986, 1400 sq ft, $13k down, $600/month, original mortgage, never refinanced

zillow.com shows it's lost $60k in value in the last 6 months.  oh well.

VERY smart.

You know it doesn't matter if your house is worth 10 cents...don't let market gyrations bug you as long as you do not plan on moving.

Historically, boith the stoick market and real estate have both gained an average of 11% per year.

BTW, Tim, you are LIST approved.
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2008, 06:37:55 PM »

Just got a call from my very best friend from chiro school.

He practices in Michigan and is very successful.

Some years ago, I went to visit him and check out the new house he had built.

It was enormous.

13 rooms. Same neighborhood as Isaiah Thomas.

But, he lived alone.

"John," I asked him, "You are only one person...why so big a house? You can only be in one room at one time..."

He wanted to impress women.

"Man, you should just drive the in front of a house like this, tell 'em its yours, but you can't go in cause its getting painted..."

Lotta aggravation for a guy with family or no kids.

Well, he ended up selling it, took a loss (sold at the wrong time), and got a smaller, but nice, place.

Anyone here have a similar situation? Too big? Too small?

Moosejay (yes, I am still in the hospital and bored...)


The problem is, in order to get a house with larger rooms, you often end up with more rooms, even when you don't need them.  Houses are designed for families with kids, not couples or individuals.  My wife and I would be fine with a 2-3 bedroom, 2-bath house, but unfortunately those only seem to come as "starter homes" where the individual rooms are tiny as shit.  Obviously, we have no use for a "starter home",  so in order to get a house with things we wanted like a large master suite, large living areas, study, exercise room, grand entry, etc, we ended up with a house that has 5 bedrooms, 4 of which are storage or empty, and 4 bathrooms, only two of which are ever used.  Thank god we have Mexicans to keep the damn thing clean.   Wink
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2008, 06:38:59 PM »



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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2008, 06:39:04 PM »

Yessir.  I had all my pennies ready to put down a down payment last summer, then everyone started selling and houses dropped... I was *really* ready to buy, then a bunch of scumbags moved into the nice neighborhoods, crime went up, and now I don't know where I want to live.

FL has gone downhill bad with the recession, with 1 in 80 homes being foreclosed.  1/3 of the houses on any street are for rent, with 2-3 of them being empty.  You haev some filthy people moving into formerly high quality areas because rent is so cheap.  I don't like it, and I don't have a clue when, where, or if to buy here.

Better toi hold 240 as long as you can until you get something you REALLY want...smart to rent for now...1k not too bad...you have a family?
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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2008, 06:39:40 PM »

im sure youre still up a boat load though tim

22 years ago? Hell yeah he is
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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2008, 06:40:03 PM »

Thank god we have Mexicans to keep the damn thing clean.   Wink

Very cool!  You let hispanics who are down on their luck, stay with you while they get their shit together?

That's noble, dude.  Very cool they keep their bathrooms clean too@!
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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2008, 06:40:39 PM »


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Yeah, but I don't own 5 jets like him... Wink

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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2008, 06:41:06 PM »

Very cool!  You let hispanics who are down on their luck, stay with you while they get their shit together?




Not exactly. 

They come, they clean, they get paid, they leave.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2008, 06:42:28 PM »


The problem is, in order to get a house with larger rooms, you often end up with more rooms, even when you don't need them.  Houses are designed for families with kids, not couples or individuals.  My wife and I would be fine with a 2-3 bedroom, 2-bath house, but unfortunately those only seem to come as "starter homes" where the individual rooms are tiny as shit.  Obviously, we have no use for a "starter home",  so in order to get a house with things we wanted like a large master suite, large living areas, study, exercise room, grand entry, etc, we ended up with a house that has 5 bedrooms, 4 of which are storage or empty, and 4 bathrooms, only two of which are ever used.  Thank god we have Mexicans to keep the damn thing clean.   Wink

Ha yeas...I see your quandary and it is very true.

I had my house built to spec and it is a smaller version of a post modern I had my eye on, yet itv was way too big for one person.

When I get out of here, I will post a pic of it...I love it...its on home computer...
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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2008, 06:43:05 PM »

Very cool!  You let hispanics who are down on their luck, stay with you while they get their shit together?

That's noble, dude.  Very cool they keep their bathrooms clean too@!

Yes. Like Larry David and 'The Blacks"... Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2008, 06:43:49 PM »

Better toi hold 240 as long as you can until you get something you REALLY want...smart to rent for now...1k not too bad...you have a family?

yeah, wife and kid, and a neice staying a bit while my sister deals with some health problems.   It's awesome... TV room, ecercise room, guest room... the place is huge.  I used to live in a trailer, then a small-ass apartment, so I definitely appreciate it every day to be blessed with a big home to live in Smiley

I have no clue what to do at the moment.  Every real estate agent I meet says "The time to buy is now!" as they're shopping their resume or going back to school.  Most everyone I know is in over their head/upside down on the mortgage.  FL roads/water infrastructure are horrible... they're tearing up half the county putting in city water (running on WELL WATER now), so every homeowner gets a $10k bill on top of their AR mortgage bitch slapping them.

When it's time to renew lease, I'm telling the landlord I want to pay $100 or 150 less, and I think he'll be thankful just to have someone to rent.  It's that ugly here.

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« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2008, 06:45:45 PM »

yeah, wife and kid, and a neice staying a bit while my sister deals with some health problems.   It's awesome... TV room, ecercise room, guest room... the place is huge.  I used to live in a trailer, then a small-ass apartment, so I definitely appreciate it every day to be blessed with a big home to live in Smiley

I have no clue what to do at the moment.  Every real estate agent I meet says "The time to buy is now!" as they're shopping their resume or going back to school.  Most everyone I know is in over their head/upside down on the mortgage.  FL roads/water infrastructure are horrible... they're tearing up half the county putting in city water (running on WELL WATER now), so every homeowner gets a $10k bill on top of their AR mortgage bitch slapping them.

When it's time to renew lease, I'm telling the landlord I want to pay $100 or 150 less, and I think he'll be thankful just to have someone to rent.  It's that ugly here.



At least you are perceptive to know that things are awry...many think they are supposed to struggle like this.

Good that you have appreciation from coming from trailer, and small apartment. You will continue to rise, I think.
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« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2008, 06:49:30 PM »

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« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2008, 06:50:25 PM »

At least you are perceptive to know that things are awry...many think they are supposed to struggle like this.
Good that you have appreciation from coming from trailer, and small apartment. You will continue to rise, I think.

Yes, I still have the dream of one day being a thousandaire.  It's made me humble though.  When you live in the trailer park, people really do cling to their guns and their religion.  Old people with cancer they can't treat, walking around the trailer park in their bra and shorts, reading the bible all day with a shotgun on the porch, watching tv in a trailer with no AC, waiting to die.  So depressing.  I don't take anything for granted.  I'm blessed to be living like this now and I thank God every day.  
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« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2008, 06:51:34 PM »

You let hispanics who are down on their luck, stay with you while they get their shit together?

I've been known to do that.  Mexicans, Venezuelans, Colombians, Dominicans, Ecuadorans, Salvadorans. 
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