Archive for the 'Real Estate' Category

Before Moving – Renting

We have to rent our house out because the market is not that great. Other homes in our area have sat for months before selling, dropping their prices lower and lower as time goes on. We don’t want to lose money by having the house sit empty for months and by having to sell at [...]

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Paint Results

We spent a total of $924.97 for painting the house over the three day weekend. That is $324.97 OVER budget. On one hand I’m very disappointed and upset that we went that far over – but we were $60 under for our paint support costs (paying someone to help plus food bought for him and [...]

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Faucet Pics

One of the plumbing issues was the replacement of a bathroom faucet. We bought a Moen faucet a few months ago, I did it over the phone and my renter just went to pick it up. She did send me pictures once it was done (we won’t talk about how the sink and counter clash [...]

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Mortgage Bail Out

My thoughts – no, the government should not step in and bail people out. It’s simple, don’t buy a house until you know you can afford it. Not just because you can get a loan. And even better, don’t go for an interest only loan. Stay away from realtors who encourage this type of loan [...]

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Mortgage Help Blog

My husband reads the local newspaper every day. Often times I’ve read the story earlier that day or even the day before, of course because I read my news online! Once we started reading about the problems Countrywide was having, we’ve been reading all we can about it. We have a mortgage with them so [...]

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Plumbing Issues Take Care Of

The biggest issue in renting is always a property manager – someone who can take care of things for you if you don’t live close by. Of course that same person can take care of things if you are close, I personally have a problem with separating friendship from landlord-ship. I always have to take [...]

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Plumbing Again

It happened, I got the inevitable email from our renters saying the teeny kitchen sink leak is much more of an issue now. I am calling a plumber tomorrow – and also calling the homeowners insurance to see if they would cover it. I’m thinking they won’t, but a call can’t hurt. I was already [...]

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Around the House: Bedrooms

Luckily for us, all we have to do in the bedrooms is possibly purchase and hang blinds. We are using curtains now and they work well for us, but every other house on our street has blinds and should we rent the house, we need to leave something for the renters. The same goes for [...]

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Around the House: Living Room

We have a house that has a living room, dining room and a family room – and I guess the reason I point it out (and it is still odd to me) is because they are all carpeted and it isn’t what we are typically used to. When you walk into the house the living [...]

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Around the House: Bathrooms

On to the bathrooms! We have three bathrooms to worry about. And each of them need something! In one the kids tore down the towel bar next to the sink. I’m okay with that because they basically tore the screws straight out of the wall and I wanted to put a round towel hanger up. [...]

Thursday, July 26th, 2007