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icebrat001
02-19-2006, 10:10 PM
Hello Family!

Dear SO and I are purchasing our very first home together. :thumbsup2 in fact if there are any left, we have one in mind and we may put the down payment on it next week, it's brand new so it wouldn't be completed until Nov or Dec.

But I'm curious, what have your experiences been like?

I'd also like your feedback on floor plans, I've created a thread about it over on the Community board, please check it out.

Saxton
02-19-2006, 10:22 PM
Malaysia - that is very cool! Congratulations!! I can't speak for the couples part since I'm solo but I've owned my house for a long time. I've thought about building (well, having one built!) but I've redone everything - the kitchen was the latest project - so since it's basically "new" and will be paid off in a few years it makes sense to stay here. My long range plan is to move to Florida when I retire (hopefully very early). Where did you guys pick? You were looking in Florida weren't you? Did you pick a floorplan, builder, etc.?

PS: I bought 3 suits yesterday but no shoes!!

icebrat001
02-19-2006, 10:54 PM
It's a place in Riverview, FL, near Brandon and Tampa. It's a townhouse, they will begin building our unit in April and it will be done around Nov or Dec. We haven't seen it in person yet, but there are only a few units left and they will not be building anymore, so since we trust dear so's step mom, she's going to take a look at it with our realtor on Tuesday and if she likes it, we will put down some money. Crazy isn't it. If they have more than 2 units available dear so or myself may fly down after the step mom sees it. We will see.

I've never even been to Florida, crazy isn't it. Yikes.

Anyway, here is a link to the floorplan and the thread I created http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1033321

ETA: 3 suits and no shoes, hope you go shopping soon. Dear SO bought me a $100 pair of jeans and no shirt or shoes to match, I felt like saying how am I supposed to wear trendy jeans without a trendy top and shoes :rotfl: guess I need to go shopping. :scratchin

nordkin
02-19-2006, 11:04 PM
We bought our first house together 17 years ago. The smartest thing we did was have a legal document drawn up that outlines what will happen with the house if we break up. An attorney friend of ours suggested this so we could come to agreements when we are not in the heat of a breakup and think things through when we are in a good space. We each had our own attorney that reveiwed things and advised us. The document has been locked in the safe deposit box for 17 years and to be honest I do not even remember what is in it, but I do know it was well thought out and negotiated when there was no anger or hurt to distort our judgement. The relationship is still going strong after 19 years and we now own two homes together.

The best advice I can give is to protect yourself as this is a huge financial investment for both of you, but it can be done in a loving caring way.

True North
02-19-2006, 11:41 PM
Malaysia! That is so exciting! Congratulations! That should be my families next step, but we probably won't do it until next January. The floor plan looks lovely! Two walk in closets? Looks like it would suit you great! :) How did you decide to move to Florida?

icebrat001
02-19-2006, 11:44 PM
The best advice I can give is to protect yourself as this is a huge financial investment for both of you, but it can be done in a loving caring way.


We've already been talking about this. Can we use any type of lawyer, how much does this generally run?

icebrat001
02-19-2006, 11:51 PM
Malaysia! That is so exciting! Congratulations! That should be my families next step, but we probably won't do it until next January. The floor plan looks lovely! Two walk in closets? Looks like it would suit you great! :) How did you decide to move to Florida?

Valencia's (Dear SO) parents moved for Florida in September and Valencia and her step mother are VERY close and that's pretty much her only family and she wants to be near them. I don't have any family so California isn't really holding me down, although I will miss it.

We are having a bit of trouble deciding on which floor plan to choose though.

True North
02-20-2006, 12:42 AM
Oh sorry! I just looked at the first picture. Yeah, that seems like a tough choice. I kind of like the openness of option two, but I don't know where the furniture would go. It seems like the first one has more flow. Also, the first one seems like it would feel bigger with the seperate living room / dining room. Ugh! I can tell when it becomes my turn to do this I am going to have no clue what I want! :) Good luck choosing!

padalyn
02-20-2006, 12:59 AM
that is a pretty area - enjoy it!! Bradenton is a neat town and there is a really interesting musuem of Ringling Brothers Circus...check it out! I have a friend who lives on Santa Maria near by. The sea turtle watch group is also a great group of people who make sure all the little turtles get out to sea...Keep us posted as to how it works out!

I bought my condo 15 years ago with no regrets at all. I have redone so much that the seller would not recognize it - a home/house is ALWAYS a work in progress and requires almost constant maintance but is well worth the time and energy.

good luck to you!

It's a place in Riverview, FL, near Brandon and Tampa. It's a townhouse, they will begin building our unit in April and it will be done around Nov or Dec. We haven't seen it in person yet, but there are only a few units left and they will not be building anymore, so since we trust dear so's step mom, she's going to take a look at it with our realtor on Tuesday and if she likes it, we will put down some money. Crazy isn't it. If they have more than 2 units available dear so or myself may fly down after the step mom sees it. We will see.

I've never even been to Florida, crazy isn't it. Yikes.

Anyway, here is a link to the floorplan and the thread I created http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1033321

ETA: 3 suits and no shoes, hope you go shopping soon. Dear SO bought me a $100 pair of jeans and no shirt or shoes to match, I felt like saying how am I supposed to wear trendy jeans without a trendy top and shoes :rotfl: guess I need to go shopping. :scratchin

mickeem
02-20-2006, 06:46 AM
Hey! Congratulations!! Buying the house isnt always the fun part, but usually owning it is!! We bought our first home 12 years ago, and just sold it a few months ago.
We are in the process of picking a place in florida to live. We are looking at Winter Park, and interestingly enough, web pages are saying how gay friendly it is, and there are some gay neighborhoods?? hmm, anyone down there heard this??
As of now, we are going to rent for a year, and look into these really cool townhouses that are being built there.
We may be down there in a few weeks, if all goes well with my SO's interview tomorrow...

Good Luck, it looks great!!



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Traci

PennyW
02-20-2006, 08:52 AM
Congrats Malaysia! Very exciting! Linda and I bought our house together a couple of years ago.

As said before, be sure you get legal documents protecting both of you. The attorney that drew up our wills made sure we had a "Joint Tenancy" document: A joint tenancy is a form of shared ownership, with the key feature being the "right of survivorship". This means that while the joint tenants equally share ownership during their lifetimes, when one joint tenant dies, his or her interest is extinguished, leaving the surviving joint tenant(s) with sole ownership.

Good luck, and let us know which plan you choose! :)

nordkin
02-20-2006, 12:06 PM
We've already been talking about this. Can we use any type of lawyer, how much does this generally run?

We used the same attorneys that drew up our wills. We paid about $250 each. My partner's attorney kept telling her she was being too generous to me, but she stood firm and had the document drawn up the way she wanted it. The big thing you have to decide is whether or not you want to hold title with rights of survivorship. If you do this, upon eithers death the sole ownership goes to the other and is not considered part of your estate. Since you will be in Florida and their laws do not favor our relationships it is very important to insure all the legal papers are in order so someone in either family can not come in a take anything away that you want the other to have. Just cover all your bases and have it double checked. You might want to find a gay friendly attorney with expertise in this area.

T&KHayes
02-20-2006, 01:07 PM
Ohhh Malaysia I am so excited for you guys! Not only are you buying your first house, but in Florida! How awesome! We just bought our first home last June. We are having so much fun with it. As far as floor plans go....I liked the first one because the family room is by the lanai, but I like the master layout in the second one the closet space is better! :teeth: Plus I really like the den, you could use it as an office, spare b-room, exercise room, any of those things you wouldn't necessarily want the rest of the house seeing all the time. But it all comes down to what works best for you. When we bought we thought about where everything would go, and how we could grow with the house. Are you still thinking about kids? If you ever do, and turn the second bedroom into a nursery you might want a den for a spare for family to come visit. Just a thought! Not that you wanted this much of an opinion, lol Good luck & God bless!

icebrat001
02-20-2006, 06:18 PM
We are only planning to stay in the townhouse for 5 years, because at the point we plan on having children and the place isn't large enough to accomodate a kid.

OMG, I am so excited right now, I feel like bouncing off the walls, if I knew how to do a cartwheel I would be doing it. The realtor just called us about an hour ago and said that someones financing fell through on my of the places, one that will be complete in April as opposed to the one we were buying that wouldn't be complete until November. So we might (knock on wood) be getting a place a lot sooner than expected and we are guaranteed a better loan rate now as opposed to later. Only problem is we are here in California and they are in Florida and they need our checks in hand like tomorrow and it won't get there in time, we've so gotta talk about this. I guess I should get off of the DIS, you think?

Kevin&Randall
02-20-2006, 07:22 PM
I've never even been to Florida, crazy isn't it. Yikes.

Anyway, here is a link to the floorplan and the thread I created http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1033321


Kevin and I have bought two homes together. The one we are in now we both love. While you may not want to get a "pre-nuptual" agreement to state what happens if you break up, you do want to get to a lawyer. You need to draw up wills and powers of attorney. Kevin and I have established as much legal documents to make us "married" as we legally can.

Regarding your home choices, see advantages and dis-advantages to both. But ultimately I would go with Floor Plan #1. It seems more flexible and doesn't put the airconditioning unit in someones bedroom.

If you want more ideas, please send me an IM.

Randall

:rainbow:

exDS vet
02-21-2006, 01:28 AM
My partner (Joseph) and I have owned homes in Arizona and Colorado. We never thought we'd ever buy a home, but now we love being homeowners. I had a friend in AZ who called us HOMOwners. I thought it was kinda cute.

Anyway, we went the "joint tenancy" way, so we both own the house equaly and if one should pass away, the other retains sole ownership. Joseph and I have built our entire relationship on trust and mutual respect. The idea of "til death do us part" is the only thing that we believe will ever break us up. So we did not go with lawyers into the purchasing of either home.

Later this year, we plan to sell our home and move back home to California. We've been away from there for 4 years and we want to be near both of our families. Since we plan to start a business when we return to the Bay Area, we will probably do the apartment thing for a year or two before buying again. Hopefully by that time, the market will have cooled signifigantly.

Best of luck with your new townhome. Your and your SO are going to love it.

ChrizJen
02-21-2006, 11:58 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Jen and I have been working on improving our credit... :rolleyes:
But probably within the next year or so, we will look into buying a house together. I'm so happy for you!! :thumbsup2

As for the floorplans, I prefer #2. There is some compromise for the upstairs, but I think that the downstairs is AWESOME!!! When it comes to the "common" living areas of a home, I prefer a more open plan. I think that a "great room" idea provides more warmth and openness, and feels more welcoming. Plus, (and I said this on the other thread too) with both LR and DR together, it's a bit more flexible. You can use more space for LR if you need to and less for DR, or vice-versa.

Here's an example of what I mean:
Jen and I live in an old 2-family, and we have a LR/DR almost all in one, but they are seperated by a "built-in" archway sort of thing with shelves on each side. It makes the 2 rooms almost identical in size. Although we love the architectural element of the archway, it is a definite "divider" of the 2 spaces. We wish we could move it and make the DR much smaller and the LR much bigger. We just don't need such a large DR. Anyway, so what I'm saying in this RANT is that if you have one big space, you can manipulate how much of it you designate for each "room"...whereas if they are 2 seperate rooms, you get what you get...
SHEESH!!! I really wish I could say something without writing a novel! :crazy2:

Anyway, congratulations, and GOOD LUCK!!!
-Christal

Tony-NJ
02-21-2006, 07:00 PM
Hey Malaysia that is so exciting! Chris and I bought our house together 4 years ago. No problems at all. We didn't have any papers drawn up or anything. Didn't really think about that. He owned the condo prior to this.

Just know that buying a home and getting the mortgage can be a bit stressful as you are shelling out a lot of money. But all will be fine!

All the best to you two!

StormTigger
02-21-2006, 09:54 PM
Congrats!! Actually we are just in the process of doing this ... still looking at the moment. I do have to say it's a big scary step.

I have to admit I'm jealous!! Not only buying a home, but in FL, and in Bradenton! My company just opened a division of my department in that area, and unfortunately it was instantly filled, but I've got my fingers crossed for the next openning. Who knows, maybe we'll be neighbors some day. :-)

Any good luck on the move and purchase hope everything turns out the best.

mickeem
02-21-2006, 10:29 PM
Well, congrats on the house decision.. And It's official for me too!! I'm moving to Florida!! My SO got the job offer, we have a place in Ocoee, and will be driving the big rental truck in three weeks.

Then, we will be looking for something to buy. Thanks for all the tips here, espescially about getting a lawyer for whatever state you are in. We will have to find out all about the laws there, versus what they are here in NY.

Lots to do!!

Love the Floor plan number1 by the way... ;)
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Traci

mickeem
02-21-2006, 10:30 PM
HEY!, I past 300 Posts... Didnt even notice!! :thumbsup2

PennyW
02-22-2006, 09:09 AM
And It's official for me too!! I'm moving to Florida!! My SO got the job offer, we have a place in Ocoee, and will be driving the big rental truck in three weeks.Traci
Yay!!! Congratulations...that's awesome!!! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

bubie2.5
02-22-2006, 10:32 AM
HEY!, I past 300 Posts... Didnt even notice!! :thumbsup2

This new board is addictive, isn't it?

buckylarue
02-22-2006, 03:37 PM
Congrats on your move and house!

After 22 years together in rented apartments, my DP and I bought our house in spring 1999. We just did the joint tenancy route too; we figure we're stuck with each other til the bitter end :teeth: ...

When we bought our house, we decided it was the last time either of us ever wanted to move. Of course, now we're looking at finding a warmer climate with a longer growing season so the cats can have more time in their garden...

icebrat001
02-22-2006, 04:10 PM
Well, congrats on the house decision.. And It's official for me too!! I'm moving to Florida!! My SO got the job offer, we have a place in Ocoee, and will be driving the big rental truck in three weeks.

Then, we will be looking for something to buy. Thanks for all the tips here, espescially about getting a lawyer for whatever state you are in. We will have to find out all about the laws there, versus what they are here in NY.

Lots to do!!

Love the Floor plan number1 by the way... ;)
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Traci


Congrats!

icebrat001
02-22-2006, 04:17 PM
Looks like we will be moving to Florida in option 1 at the end of June. Now we've got to decide on flooring and what not.

It has a view of the pond :)

True North
02-22-2006, 04:39 PM
Congratulations!!! :cool1:

It must be nice to get to move in early! And a view of the pond sounds great! You must be jumping off the walls. Good luck in all the new choices!

icebrat001
02-22-2006, 05:18 PM
Congratulations!!! :cool1:

It must be nice to get to move in early! And a view of the pond sounds great! You must be jumping off the walls. Good luck in all the new choices!


jumping off the walls it right :Pinkbounc lol, the dog ran to her crate to get away from me. :rotfl2:

The only bad thing is the design center is in Florida and we have to pick all this stuff out in less than 9 days and we can't get to Florida that soon. So not only do we have to pick out a zillion things but we have a short amount of time to do it.

The only things we can't pick out is the cabinets, and the countertops because they've already been installed, they are an oak caramel color, now I have to go and luck up that color and try to see what kinds of floors match it.

Here I thought it was stressfull picking out shoes, how the heck am I supposed to pick out flooring, window treatments, fixtures, appliances and more. :scratchin . I can already see the sleepless nights trying to decide.

Do I want hardwood thoughout, tile, bamboo, carpet upstairs only, lol, what do I want?

Kevin&Randall
02-22-2006, 06:54 PM
jumping off the walls it right :Pinkbounc lol, the dog ran to her crate to get away from me. :rotfl2:

The only bad thing is the design center is in Florida and we have to pick all this stuff out in less than 9 days and we can't get to Florida that soon. So not only do we have to pick out a zillion things but we have a short amount of time to do it.

The only things we can't pick out is the cabinets, and the countertops because they've already been installed, they are an oak caramel color, now I have to go and luck up that color and try to see what kinds of floors match it.

Here I thought it was stressfull picking out shoes, how the heck am I supposed to pick out flooring, window treatments, fixtures, appliances and more. :scratchin . I can already see the sleepless nights trying to decide.

Do I want hardwood thoughout, tile, bamboo, carpet upstairs only, lol, what do I want?

I love :Pinkbounc picking out the house stuff -- Kevin thinks I'm nuts ::yes:: -- but I'm an interior designer trapped in a data base analysts body. Real hardwood and the humidity of Florida don't mix well. If you want that "wood floor" look, you'll need to find a laminate-type product. Ceramic Tile is big in Florida. It is easy to maintain and quite versitile.

A nice carpet in the bedroom is good, just watch out with berber if you have cats :cat: (nails snag) and dogs :dog: (body oils seep in and stain). Neutral paints and fabrics, pillows and rugs for punches of color. Stainless Steel appliances are a pain to keep clean. Front-loading washing machines ROCK! :banana:

Randall

:rainbow:

Saxton
02-22-2006, 07:15 PM
Malaysia and Traci - congratulations to both of you!!!!

Of course, Traci, I don't know why you would want to move down south!

And Malaysia, you'll get to actually see Disney World and decorate a new place, very cool!

And the best part ... you can all get Florida rates on an annual pass!:cool1:

icebrat001
02-22-2006, 07:44 PM
Malaysia and Traci - congratulations to both of you!!!!


And Malaysia, you'll get to actually see Disney World and decorate a new place, very cool!

And the best part ... you can all get Florida rates on an annual pass!:cool1:


I'm having a hard time talking Valencia into going to Disneyworld, she says, we don't have kids yet, why should we go to Disney, we are too old for disney. :scared: :(

See that's what happens when people grow up in a small midwest town like she did.

I practically grew up at Disneyland, hasn't she any idea. :idea:

Any ideas to talk her into Disney? It's only 70 miles away, I can't get all the way to Florida and then go alone my very first time.

icebrat001
02-22-2006, 07:48 PM
I love :Pinkbounc picking out the house stuff -- Kevin thinks I'm nuts ::yes:: -- but I'm an interior designer trapped in a data base analysts body. Real hardwood and the humidity of Florida don't mix well. If you want that "wood floor" look, you'll need to find a laminate-type product. Ceramic Tile is big in Florida. It is easy to maintain and quite versitile.

A nice carpet in the bedroom is good, just watch out with berber if you have cats :cat: (nails snag) and dogs :dog: (body oils seep in and stain). Neutral paints and fabrics, pillows and rugs for punches of color. Stainless Steel appliances are a pain to keep clean. Front-loading washing machines ROCK! :banana:

Randall

:rainbow:

Wow I heard hardwood was okay in Florida that Bamboo was the problem. I guess Berber is out, I need to look up carpet types. I've heard about stainless steel being a pain to keep clean, I thought black would be easy but everyone keeps saying black is as bad as the steel, and I've been eyeing front-loading washers for a while, they look so cute :blush: and of course very functional.

Maybe I should just hire you for decorating advice :worship:

beckmrk04
02-22-2006, 09:30 PM
I'm having a hard time talking Valencia into going to Disneyworld, she says, we don't have kids yet, why should we go to Disney, we are too old for disney. :scared: :(

See that's what happens when people grow up in a small midwest town like she did.

I practically grew up at Disneyland, hasn't she any idea. :idea:

Any ideas to talk her into Disney? It's only 70 miles away, I can't get all the way to Florida and then go alone my very first time.

Hey- don't blame it on small midwest towns!!! :rotfl: :rotfl:
When we went the first time my dh was the same way- now he loves it. It's an exposure thing- you can't know until you have been...Then maybe she'll be hooked too. What do they PUT in the coke down there?! :rotfl2: Tell her it's practice for when you DO have kids- you gotta know what you're doing, right? :thumbsup2

mickeem
02-23-2006, 06:42 AM
Originally posted by Saxton
Of course, Traci, I don't know why you would want to move down south! And Malaysia, you'll get to actually see Disney World and decorate a new place, very cool!

And the best part ... you can all get Florida rates on an annual pass!

Yeah instead of thinking about the move I have to make in 3 weeks, I am trying to figure out what the first day I can get to Disney is... Hey, I still have 3 months left on my PAP, might as well use them.. :cool1:






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Traci

jugglinfish
02-25-2006, 09:57 PM
Not sure if you wanted floor plan advice here or in the other thread. I would go with option #2 I really like the study/den area - it would make a perfect computer room, and still leave the 2nd bedroom as a guest room. I also prefer the walk-in closet in the MBR. The other plus to me in option 2 was that it would be so easy to have a grill on the lanai - and you wouldn't be bringing food thru the living room to the kitchen. Just my opinions. They are both good plans and I'm sure you'll be happy with either one.

icebrat001
02-26-2006, 12:09 AM
Not sure if you wanted floor plan advice here or in the other thread. I would go with option #2 I really like the study/den area - it would make a perfect computer room, and still leave the 2nd bedroom as a guest room. I also prefer the walk-in closet in the MBR. The other plus to me in option 2 was that it would be so easy to have a grill on the lanai - and you wouldn't be bringing food thru the living room to the kitchen. Just my opinions. They are both good plans and I'm sure you'll be happy with either one.


There were only 2 of option 2 left in the townhomes and they wouldn't be completed until Dec and we didn't like the location of where it was located. So we went with option 1, it has a lake view and a Lanai that is double the size and it's screened. We won't die without the extra room, we will just be a little creative.

We've been picking out flooring and whatnot for the place. Exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time. :goodvibes :scared:

majortom
03-02-2006, 08:10 AM
The smartest thing we did was have a legal document drawn up that outlines what will happen with the house if we break up. An attorney friend of ours suggested this so we could come to agreements when we are not in the heat of a breakup and think things through when we are in a good space.

Best advice. Much better to have this in place so it is never an issue. I bought a house with my (now ex-) boyfriend. Having this in place was a great thing when we broke up 18 months later (we had been together 5 years when we bought the house).

We each had our own attorney that reveiwed things and advised us.

This is very important as there can be problems if one attorney does it (conflict of interest).

Congratulations and good luck.

/carmi

Kevin&Randall
03-16-2006, 08:14 PM
I'm bumping this up because I want an update on how things are going. Did you get everything you wanted?

Randall

:rainbow:

icebrat001
03-17-2006, 02:20 PM
I'm bumping this up because I want an update on how things are going. Did you get everything you wanted?

Randall

:rainbow:

We ended up going with Option 1 which will be complete in July, because Option 2 wouldn't be done until the very end of December and we didn't want to wait that long.

We are still in the process of picking out flooring. We know we want hardwood downstairs, except in the bathroom and kitchen, and carpet upstairs except the bathroom and laundry room. I prefer hardwood on the stairs and upstairs hallways but she thinks it should be carpet. We haven't decided on what color tile we want for the various rooms. We've picked out paint colors and appliances. and we have a double sized Lanai that is screened in, so that is really cool.

We went shopping last weekend and got some decorative stuff for the house so that was really fun and exciting.

So I would say yes we've gotten everything we've wanted.

Thanks for asking :sunny:

kid@heart25
03-27-2006, 02:21 PM
That is a nice area. We live in Jacksonville Fl and so we go down there a lot to relax and hit Bush Gardens. We are also huge Red Sox fans (may partner is origionally from RI) and so we go down to Tampa to watch the Red Sox play Tampa Bay. We bought a house together 2 years ago and we are still so happy and excited about it. Good luck and congrats

AlleyKat
04-02-2006, 11:40 PM
Kevin&Randall.
watch out with berber if you have cats :cat: (nails snag) and dogs :dog: (body oils seep in and stain).
Randall

You're a Godsend Randall! My fiance and I are doing a major overhaul of our house for resale and intended on carpeting several large rooms with light colored berber. We have 6 cats and a large dog...need I say more.

icebrat001
04-03-2006, 10:44 AM
Hi everyone,

The townhouse we were originally going to have built that should've been done in June, delayed it's closing by months, and since we didn't want to wait months we cancelled our contract.

We looked at a few new builds online, and then sent Dear SO's stepmom and our realtor on a massive house hunt, we sent them to 12 places in one day, they told us we better pick a place because they were tired :rolleyes:

We finally decided on a place, which we love, it's a little over 1400 sqft, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and it's in a gate golf course community with all types of homes.

Here are a few pictures of the place, we will change the paint and stuff before we move in our furniture.


We are set to close May 24th and we have our home insepection this Thursday. :thumbsup2

Our Home (http://nancymike.mfr.mlxchange.com/Tools/MultiImageViewer/MultiImageViewerFS.asp?SysPropID=15032872&MIVmode=1&Address=&pagetype=3)

PennyW
04-03-2006, 03:01 PM
Very nice! Congratulations! :thumbsup2 Good luck with the inspection - that's always the nerve-wracking part.

Mama Twinkles
04-03-2006, 04:13 PM
It looks so nice. Congratulations. Now that you're moving to FL, have you figured out how to persuade your reluctant DSO to visit WDW? Maybe you could entice her to come to the meet we're having in late '07.

Mama Twinkles
05-07-2006, 07:40 AM
Bumping for icebrat.

icebrat001
05-07-2006, 01:19 PM
Only 17 days until closing, I am a nervous wreck!

Anyone wanna come and help me pack?

mickeysaver
05-07-2006, 03:37 PM
Congrats on the new digs! Gabby and I bought our first home last year. It's an older home and even with all the updating that we have done and still need to do, I don't regret it at all. The best suggestion that I can offer in the process is to find a really good home inspector and follow him through the process and ASK QUESTIONS! If there are things that need to be repaired, like plumbing issues, get a reinspection done to assure that the repairs were made. The reinspection was a lesser fee than the original inspection, but that was the best $250 we spent in the process. We found that the plumber had not fixed the drip from the downstairs tub and that the newly installed dishwasher was leaking into the crawl space.

Have fun packing, planning, and dreaming. Home ownership is a dream that I didn't think that I would ever acheive, but it's really been a blessing for us and our 4 Chihuahuas and 4 cats. Maggie