it's now Sunday - the last ten days have been a worl-wind of changes.
I went out looking (the 14th)- not a new to-do item on the weekend for me. I've been looking seriously since last summer. We, Agent Lee and I, pick six places to view and I added a last one when I was doing my homework the night before. The search put #7 in Wethersfield, yet the address was in Newington?
What are my criteria - ranch style; garage; 3 bedroom so it is big enough room to have my office, my bedroom and a guest/den; fireplace would be nice; a deck for some outside living; newer kitchen and bath (I could dream), no underground basement.
Okay with notebook in hand, lots of print outs that Agent Lee supplied, she drove, I navigated (call me garmin), around to view each property. The first. #1, was really great, fantastic , so much light, great first floor and a second floor! - not finished being built, though I needed to be age 55! -oops, not going to work. #2, kinda nice, not a great set-up for an office at home; #3 - wallpaper, wallpaper, and scented candles everywhere - hmmm? one really must wonder what they were hiding; #4 - they didn't leave the screen door unlocked - duh - move on; #5 cute, though I'm having trouble recalling it - too much vanilla; on to #6 - omg - while some dramatic architecture (my style) it was dirty, worn out, and needed too much work; then up 200 yards to another unit in the same community.
#7 - it is literally next door to a good friend of mine, Jules, and her family. We walk in - it's clean, phew, it's a townhome, walkout basement; living floor; and bedroom floor. Now I'll have to do stairs - not a big deal, I've lived for the most part in ranch style abodes, so back to excercise - just like at the West End Oxford St office I "lived" at for so many years. This unit is unoccupied, yet it was staged. For those real estate virgins - that means you have depersonalized & placed furniture around to allow the propective buyer to see themselves as the owner in the home. Remember, right now it is truly a buyers market. By now, I had talked with Jules the night before and she had been able to give me the skinny on the unit. So with the papers in hand - we began the tour.
Living Floor - Foyer nice with hardwood floors and two stories high; half bath - no personality; kitchen is clean - old - all original circa 1989; living room - fine with a fire place, yet I'm not sure about the wall of floor-to-ceiling mirrors - but the loud dark rose carpeting has got to go!; dining area - same thing with the carpeting, and the chandlier must go or at least get spray painted something other than bright brass; doors out to the balcony - nice view!
Basement Level - it's a walkout - large windows on one side; doors out to a little cement pad on the other; the ceiling and floors are completely finished and a lovely navy blue, almost commercial, carpeting; mechanicals are enclosed in a closet; a big closet the width of the unit for storage.
Bedroom Level - hallway full bath - no personality; 2nd bedroom - nice size, great closets, faces the street (private road) good windows; washer & dryer - omg - could there be no more quarters in my life?; master suite - a bedroom area attached to a large sitting area with a walk-in closet, so big that I could rent it out!, then the master balcony off the sitting area - nice!. Oh, the master bath - not a master LOL - and again, you guessed it, no personality.
It started to wear upon me - was this the unit I looked at back in '89 that I thought I'd like to buy, remember the real estate boom? Anyway, I went home, exhausted, and confused as to what went with each home we viewed. #1 and #7 are the contenders!
By Monday a.m. I emailed Lee, lets go see #7 again. We did. Back & forth, up and down, this time I took Stanley with me. He did a great job, assisted with the discussions in each room, unjudgemental, just the facts kinda guy. Time to make a decision - the unit is still listed in Wethersfield - I knew I needed to move quickly.
By Tuesday p.m. I had secured complete financing for the unit and I can close in about ten days!!!!! Times have changed. It took me five months to close on the Woodsedge unit years ago! As you can imagine, financing is always a bug-a-boo with me. One really great part of this financing - or my ability - I don't have to sell my unit before I buy this one! Thank you Nat Nat - I did learn well! Always save some of your money! I called a good ole friend of mine, Frank, from college days - he does real estate appraisals, and he's very successful! With his advice, thought about the price I'd offer and where it may appraise at - I slept on it.
Oh Lee, I want to make an offer!
It's Wednesday - we meet at 4pm - write up the offer and tic toc, tic toc, tic toc....... by 10pm - several back and forth phone calls - it is a done deal! Of course, I still need the inspection, the appraisal and the condo docs - all items that can mucky the works. ..... Count - it is seven days!
PS - for those of you that follow my 'dating' life - Stanley has agreed to move in with me!