Monday, April 12, 2010

On the Road to "Condo - town"

Happy to report that things are going well with the sale of the house. We got back the appraisal which was fine, and the inspection report with nothing major to fix. We are scheduled to close on June 11, and I'll move out on the 12 and 13th.

I went to see a great condo about a week ago, and as soon as I walked in the door, told my realtor  - this is the one!! She laughed and said - you always know by first glance! She helped me find my present home, and we've become good friends over the last few years.

Its perfect and exactly what I wanted. Its 'new' as its still owned by the condo builder. Although it was built in 2006, because of the economy, this was one of the last to be built in the complex and it hadn't sold. So they leased it for one year with the tenants leaving just 3 wks ago, as the builder wanted to put it on the market and get it off their inventory. I saw it within a week of being on the market. I quickly took a spin around the interior and told my realtor I wanted to put in an offer. Although the listing price was $30,000 less than what these sold for in 2005, we decided to put in a low ball offer. AND THEY TOOK IT!!!! AND they are paying up to $2500 of my closing costs!     " I am one happy dude" -(to quote an old friend of mine - hi Joe ;-)  )  AND I'll qualify for the $6500 tax incentive, so my bank account will be happy too. All of this far outweighs the loss I am taking on selling my house.

The condo is only about 3 miles north from my house, so still fairly close to my work and I feel its still 'in my neighborhood' - I'm very comfortable in this area of town. Its a 3 bedroom, 3 bath (no - I really don't NEED 3 baths, but hey, that's how 3 bedroom condos come these days....), has a 3 season sunroom, 2 car garage. It has a southern exposure, which was on my list... They have repainted the whole place a nice taupe with white woodwork, and will be replacing all the carpeting. Guess I'll need to buy an area rug to put down in the bedroom which will be my studio to protect the carpeting.

I've already begun to decorate it (at least in my head), and have ordered 'real' bedroom furniture for the first time in my life! I've always had hand-me-downs, auction pieces or stuff from that 'Swedish build it yourself' store - but now want a few pieces of really nice stuff.

In art news,  I have painted with the plein air group each Saturday, but haven't posted anything here because they weren't complete. I lose steam on them after I get home and never finish them. Guess I need to paint smaller so I can finish while in the field.

1 comment:

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Ohhhhhhhh Nancy, I'm so excited for you. What a beautiful new "home". I can just imagine all the fun you'll have thinking about how you want to decorate.

I'm like you. The house we purchased before this one, my husband and I had seen a for sale sign on the highway and followed the signs. Over the top of a neighborhood I saw some tall evergreens and commented to my husband, "I hope the house is there by those trees". Sure enough that was where the house was. I took one look at the yard and the house and said "this is it, its 'the' house. That was before I ever looked inside. I KNEW that was the house for me. We lived there 14 years ... I never regreted it for a min. We women know what we like! *giggle.