Sunday, April 13, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Oh man, where should I even begin? We're under contract on our current house, which is good. Today we officially closed on our new house. But since our last post, life has been nothing short of a roller coaster. We're planning on starting a new blog for the new house since we're moving off the Circle, but since that hasn't been started, I'll give you the cliff notes version of the new house saga.
But first, here's a sneak peak of the new place:
|View of the back patio and overhang|
Back to the house-buying drama. We got a helluva deal and had assumed everything on the financial side would be fine. Long story short, it wasn't. Due to some appraisal issues (again with the appraisal!) we had some financing issues and for a day or so, we weren't sure we'd be able to get the house. While we were waiting to hear back on final approval, we got a call saying the new house had flooded. This was on Sunday.
Flooded was an understatement. Closing was less than 72 hours away. We still didn't have financing secure. Jesus Christ, we should have our own goddamn reality tv show and we haven't even gotten to the construction part!
Monday we got the final approval for the financing, Tuesday the seller's insurance agency started the claim on the water damage, and we delayed closing on Wednesday at the very last minute. We were tying up loose ends on the water damage and wanted to make sure we were covered. Everyone scrambled on the paperwork and we closed over lunch Thursday. I have to say, after the last week, closing seemed very anticlimactic.
There will be more details to come and a relocation of the blog. But we need a name for the new house and we're stuck. It's a brick 1950s ranch on an acre. I know somewhere in there is a clever, witty name but right now all I keep thinking is Brick S#&t House. Any good suggestions?
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
OK, sales pitch aside, we are selling the house. Things have been more than a little crazy around here but the big news is...
WE BOUGHT A NEW HOUSE!
We found a 1950s ranch on an acre just south of here for a steal. But it's rough. Really rough. So you can look forward to lots of new pictures and projects. This house is going to make the work we did on the Roe Circle house look like child's play. Seriously. But an acre. John is already dreaming about getting a tractor.
This just goes to show you that sometimes things don't work out for a reason. Two months ago, we were in full addition mode and hadn't even considered the possibility of that load being denied. And now we're tackling a project even bigger project. We're very excited about the new place: it's bigger, no stairs, huge open family room, an acre lot, unlimited potential for MCM cool, and an acre. It needs a ton of work, but it has good bones. Did I mention it's on an acre?
Things are moving fast, to say the least. We close early March but will need some time to get the bathroom fixed (there is duct tape in the shower, I kid you not) before we move in. Winston will be swinging a hammer in no time. Stay tuned, the inspection is on Thursday and we should have some pictures to post after that.
But seriously, if you or anyone you know is interested, please contact our realtor or pass this information on. We've been told our house should sell fast, but the more interest, the better. If you don't want to scroll back to find house pictures, here's the link to when we were on the KC Modern Homes Tour in 2009. Not much has changed other than the furniture.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Well I spoke too soon. Our appraisal came back yesterday and it was the perennial problem for modern homes, we have no kitchen. Wait, how can you not have a kitchen? So when you enter our house you enter in the middle level at the living room. You can either go down a half flight of steps to the kitchen and dining room or up a half flight to the bedrooms and bathroom. Since the kitchen is below the grade of the front door the appraiser decided it wasn't living space and didn't include it in the overall total. Funny, all of the comparable sales had kitchens.
Section 405.06 – Gross Living Area