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Sunday, March 20th, 2011
8:49 pm
New here. :)
1. Please tell us your name: Stephanie.
2. Where is your home located? We live in a smaller community within Odenton, MD.
3. Age: 26.
4. Family status: It's me and my husband, who is also 26.

We've been together for almost 6 years, lived together for almost 4 years, and have been married for about 5 months, so this just seemed like the next best step! The big step after that isn't going to be for a while, lol.

Anyway, we bought our townhouse on 24 February, and had a breeze of a time. Our previous landlord is a loan officer, his dad is a realtor, and his wife is a real estate attorney, so when the time came to buy, we had a fantastic team helping us the entire way. DH did a great job searching for places (he's really meticulous, so it was a good job for him, lol), and when we came across our home, we both saw it and went, "That's the one!" It was only on the market for a few weeks at that point, so we jumped on it, gave our offer, waited with bated breath for a week, and were accepted!

Everything else went smoothly, and now we're in our home! :)

I posted even more about it at my blog, including pictures (pre-move-in) and some additional information on the home. Feel free to check it out!

I'm glad this community is here, and wish it was more active. Good luck to those of you looking for a new home, and congrats to those who have bought recently! :)
Friday, July 23rd, 2010
11:12 am
Generic Question
How many houses did you look at before you decided on the one you bought? 
Saturday, May 1st, 2010
3:15 pm
Mattress foam question
Hello! My partner and I just moved in to our first very own place together, after previously jumping from apartment to apartment together with roommates (and even at some point his mother's house). We're very excited!

However, I have a question about mattresses. We are currently sleeping on a futon with a very thin mattress, so the wooden frame hurts both of our backs while we sleep. We were looking into mattress toppers, but the zip-up futon mattress cover is so tight around the mattress that a topper wouldn't fit inside it, and we don't want to sleep directly on a piece of foam or have to put a sheet over the whole thing to sleep.

I was wondering if there is such a thing as a foam pad that goes under a mattress instead, in between the wooden frame and the mattress, to give it a little more comfortable thickness? We can't seem to locate any, or what they would be called. Do you think for money saving we could get such a thing at a craft or hardware store and cut it to size ourselves?

Thank you for any advice on this! Any ideas I haven't thought of yet are welcome, too!

x-posted to domesticity.
Monday, March 8th, 2010
7:55 am
With the way things are heading, maybe we should start a My_First_Foreclosure community ;0)
Sunday, January 10th, 2010
9:50 am
New here
Hey there! I just joined and thought it would be polite to introduce myself:

Name: Jaelle, or Jae for short
Age: 40
Home: I have a house, purchased two years ago, and it's in Germany, greater Frankfurt Area. It's 35 years old but well kept. It's a real brick house, or concrete more like it, located on a steep hill and thus 4 floors high. It starts at the bottom front with the garages, first floor only gets light from the front, second floor is at garden level at the back, and there's a big attic on top. I'll post a picture one of these days.
Maritial status: I live her with three cats, one of which is my boyfriend two cats and my boyfriend J.

Looking forward to meeting you all!
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
11:17 am
We have finished closing, the previous owners gave us a gift card for Olive Garden and this weekend we get to start doing stuff. Well, assuming the utilities get turned on -- anyone know how long electricity and water take to be turned on?

A very few interior pics of the houseCollapse )

Also, when looking at this please remember we paid less for this house than most people pay for a car (or we paid for our van). There IS cosmetic work that needs to be done. Do I care? Noooooooo. In fact I'm really excited about it.
Monday, October 5th, 2009
4:26 pm
Today we had our final inspection and it went really, really well. No surprises at all, and the inspector was actually really impressed with how well maintained the place was to be so old. I think the new roof helped and I know the newly replaced plumbing did.

We also met with the man who is doing our fence today, to get measurements, a list of supplies and a time/money estimate. We found an out of work fencing contractor with a bit of looking around. He is still employed with the *same company* that Lowes would have used for installation, but because of the economy they've had no business. Because I skipped the Lowes crap and went directly to him, we're going to end up paying about half of what we would have.

Closing is tomorrow. Then we need to get the utilities back on and switched to our names, go shopping for furniture, appliances and fencing supplies on Saturday and hopefully get that sucker up on Saturday/Sunday/Monday. After that it's sound for the dogs and we can start moving in.
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
1:05 pm
We're closing on Wednesday.

I know house buying is a process that can drag out for weeks or months, but we found this house (or it found us) September 25th. That's eleven days. My head is spinning and I'm either going to faint, throw up, or both.

And for those that are interested this is the 'cheaper than a car' house. Yes, yes we *did* luck out, big time.

Thursday, October 1st, 2009
8:35 pm
I apologize for the spam, but I have a question.

Because our house is dirt cheap, we've taken a personal loan rather than a real-estate one/mortgage. In theory our loan should be ready to go by the end of next week or beginning of the one after. When it's finished we'll be able to pay for the house outright.

When we originally started talking about the house we were told that if we paid cash our closing date would be like... 7 days as opposed to 30. Will that hold true if we pay like this, or will there still be a 30 day closing period? Does anyone know?

Also, OMG I need to stop obsessing about this house thing. I don't even know why it's freaking and stressing me out. We paid more for our car than we're paying for this place. And I'm still giving myself ulcers.
1:41 pm
1. Please tell us your name. Becky! (Obviously, I think)
2. Where is your home located? The New River Valley in Southwest Virginia.
3. Age: I'm 32. The husband is almost 39.
4. Family status: Me, the husband, and 2 boys -- 11 and 10.

We *just* had our offer on our first home accepted, and the financing done. That should be cleared in about 10 days, and then it's down to waiting on closing. The house we got is a 110 year old farm house with 4 bedrooms, 2 stories, and hardwood floors. Of course the morons *painted the freaking floors white*, and the walls are bare drywall, but we got the place for a song (seriously - 20K at an estate sale. You can't beat that-- and yes, there were inspections and the house has no plumbing/electrical or structual issues. It needs lots of cosmetic work, but whatever).

We're hoping to do our actual moving in around Thanksgiving break for the boys to minimize the trauma of switching schools, and to give us plenty of time to work on the house and get new furniture and appliances delivered (the benefits of buying dirt cheap). We don't have big plans for the place. Just room to spread out, have our dogs and cats and chickens and kids and a guest room and *own a house*. After 12 years dealing with landlords, that's a good thing.

Speaking of, I can not wait to clear out of the place we are now and tell the landlord just what I think of them and their bullying asshole children.

So, that's that. I'm excited. I'm nervous. I'm scared something's going to go wrong between now and closing.
11:20 am
So we decided not to get that house, which I'm crazy bummed out over. However, my boyfriend and I are instead getting an apartment. Well, we're actually all set to go, moving in the ninth. Rent is due the fifth, and we have everything set up with DTE :) Electricity is $14 a month for six months, but we're going to be paying thirty so when the six months is over, the electric bill doesnt sky rocket (not that it should anyways, it's a one bedroom apartment).

Maybe I'll throw up pictures when I get a chance :)
Friday, August 28th, 2009
10:15 pm
Why, it's just lovely!
I'll take it!!!!
Reminds me of the joys and horrors, oh yes, the horror, the horror... of house-hunting for our first home. thought y'all might get a kick out of it.
Thursday, August 13th, 2009
1:27 pm
So I was house-scoping today, and I came across this particular house, once again. I've always liked it, so I figured I'd show you uys and see what you think.

2:27 am
1. Stephanie
2. Where is your home located? Michigan, in the Roseville/Eastpointe area
3. Age: 19 :P
4. Family status: Myself, friends Bryan and Stephan

We havent bought a house yet, but we have been looking and talking about it for awhile. We're hoping to have our own place by Spring of next year, or summer by the latest. The three of us have pretty good jobs, I think I make the least amount though, but it's alright. We've been looking at foreclosed houses since those are the cheapest and we all have our own little connections to help us fix up a place. I've been trying to find something nice in Roseville since that's where I live now, and I love the neighborhood, but eastpointe is good too I suppose, and cheaper.

I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice or anything :)
Friday, July 31st, 2009
11:16 am
Greetings from Your Friends at This Old House

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up on the launch of Wildest Houses II at thisoldhouse.com! Please give us your feedback and tell us of other wild houses you may know about...it could even be YOUR wild house!
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
9:36 pm
First-time poster :-)
Hi everyone! I closed on my first home back in February and because it was a foreclosure, we've spent a TON of time fixing it up lately. I'm so proud of what we've done so far, and eager to show off what we will do in the future, so I was hoping to find some communities that I could share that in and maybe see pictures of others' fixing-up adventures :-) I hope it's okay if I post our home improvements as I go along...I know I love seeing real-life before and after pictures so I hope no one minds if I post mine here?

1. Please tell us your name, if you're comfortable with that. Lauren
2. Where is your home located? (City and state/province is fine) Brookfield, just outside of Chicago, IL
3. Age (a range is okay if you're uncomfortable) 26
4. Family status (i.e. "just me here!," "myself and my S.O.," "my entire family") Myself and my husband, and my brother and our friend are rooming with us for awhile so we can save up some money ;-)
Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
10:39 am
Cabinets Question
1. Please tell us your name, if you're comfortable with that.  Mike
2. Where is your home located? Hampton , Virginia (About 30-45 min from Williamsburg & Virginia Beach
3. Age (a range is okay if you're uncomfortable) 39
4. Family status : Myself, the wife, 2 kids and an assortment of pets.

Hi there, I just found this community, I've got a question about Cabinets folks here might be able to help me with.

We're currently in the last stages of remodeling the 2nd floor of my home. Trim work to finish, then final Electrical! yay!

I have a quandary.

Basically I have one long wall in the upstairs family room, that would be PERFECT for a long cabinet.
I'm imagining a 3-4 doors with the roll out shelving, so the kids can load the CRAP out of the shelves and still be able to reach everything.  Drawers may do well, but it feels like if you lose usable space more w/ drawers than with the roll out shelving.

The Problem is, I have a Very Narrow stair well to bring cabinets upstairs. In fact, the pass-through opening on the stairs is even narrower.  So given that my Stairwell is only 29" wide, and I am reasonably sure that my pass-through is only about 23" wide.. 

How do I get GOOD Cabinets, that will fit up the stairs?

1. Buy off the shelf at Home Depot/Lowes, cut the backs off the cabinets. (Messy and unlikely to work)

2.  Kit Bought from Home Depot/Lowes and order to a custom depth?

3. Custom Cabinets from local cabinet maker. (EXPENSIVE! I think..)

Anyone have suggestions? I might be able to pass something through the 2nd floor windows, but that would require renting a lift to get stuff up to the 2nd floor.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
4:01 pm
Just Bought in February
Name: Kyle
Location: Naples, FL
Age: 24

I am new to the group and LJ. My wife and I just bought our first house mid February. It was not your typical purchase because I am a Realtor so I represented myself. Also, my grandmother worked with the Seller. We hadn't even thought of buying a house, but I went to preview the home as part of my business and my wife just so happened to be with me. We went in, loved it and put the contract together the next day.

As a first time home buyer, I know how stressful and exciting it can be. As a Realtor, I also know that sometimes challenges arise that can blow a sale. My advice for everyone who wants to buy a house is to use a Realtor that is qualified and has experience working with first time home buyers.

It's a great time to buy, especially with the $8,000 tax credit for first time buyers. Just FYI...If you are taking an FHA loan, you may be able to use the $8,000 tax credit as part of your down payment. Talk to your lender about this.

Anyway, I am not here to preach about home buying, but since I just went through it myself and also have the expertise as a Realtor, I'd be happy to answer any questions you all might have.
Friday, May 1st, 2009
7:55 pm
Yay for springtime!
This weather calls for a picture update! It's all outside shots, but hey, after the winter we had, I think this counts as major home renovation.

This was Caddy testing our patio umbrella for structural soundness after we laid it on the ground to wash our deck. She fell asleep in there, so we assume that it's good to go.

These flowers were the coolest color - I also got bright orange. I bought them at the grocery store and I have no idea if I planted them in the right place. Hot pink though!

Allie got drunk and fell asleep in the catnip. Lush.


Last year I was so pissed off because our strawberry plants spent all their energy making new strawberry plants instead of berries, looks like this year they decided to get their asses in gear! We also bought a bunch of plants from Gurney's called Gurney's Whopper which claim to grow to the size of your palm...we'll see...

OK, so I admit that I didn't grow this tomato from seed, but it looks a hell of a lot nicer than the ones I did, so...

I went a little pea crazy this year, I have 30 plants that came up.

My new tulips came up! I planted them last year to try and add a little variety to solid red and yellow ones that were here when we moved in:

Happy spring planting 1st time home owners!
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