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  1. glaserjm

    glaserjm DIS Veteran

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    Sorry to hear about the hearing, that really is too bad when people get caught up in pettiness and then use it to stymie others!

    You're right though, at least you didn't dump a bunch of money in only to realize later that you couldn't stand the neighbors!
     
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  3. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    I am a half full kind of person and sometimes, things really do happen for a reason even when we can't see it at the time. You are better off knowing now, before investing more money, hopes and dreams in that house. That said, turn all that energy elsewhere into new dreams and don't waste it on negative things like icky renters or mean dogs. Feeding a bad cycle might make you feel better for a moment, or even justified but it does perpetuate the circle and you are both better than that. Taking the high road is always the right thing to do, as much as it might suck at the time. You do catch more flies with honey. Besides, at the end of the day, you'd have to deal with the icky renters as much, or more than the neighbors so who is really getting the worse end of it?

    I would very upset with the city who at least could have told you what was, and wasn't allowed (re: the 50%) as that should seem to be public domain info and would have saved you time and planning but then again, we are taking city municipalities and :confused3 sometimes it's best not to think too hard and just move on. I would file a complaint with the city so it is documented and then close the chapter and move on. Crazy that they'd even allow a hearing for something they wouldn't have approved anyway, that set you both up right there.

    :grouphug:
     
  4. Pinkocto

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    :hug: I'm glad you won't be living next to those horrible people, and I'm sorry for the time wasted.
     
  5. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Yeah these people are a real piece of work. I've been texting with the tenant in the front unit and she says the lady next door is a real "front stabber". I said "may god grant her all she deserves, and I think he already has." To which the tenant replied that she is already a very unhappy person.

    Good.

    That's very aweet of you to say. :flower3: The thing is we already own the house. We'll just rent it back out. The folks who have been around for years know the whole saga of the house and fixing it up. Oh well, won't take much to get it ready.
     
  6. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    Alison, I am so sorry. Still, it looks like you may have had a lucky escape. I cannot imagine living in an environment that is so toxic.

    Corinna
     
  7. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Today I feel like we really dodged a bullet there. Aat this point you couldn't PAY us enough to want to live there! Over the past few weeks I've seen some nice places for sale so we'll see. Maybe when you visit this year we'll be showing you our new place!

    You're so funny with the whole potluck thing. These people are so bitter and stodgy I doubt they have parties. Thanks for cussing for us. I'm over it, ready to make $3K on renting out the place and we'll find someplace to buy.
     
  8. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    I was hoping we could meet up. Maybe in the Carrolwood Pacific room at VWL. As it gets closer we can exchange information.

    We'll just buy someplace, the rent on a property on 1st street will cover at least half the mrtgage payment.
     
  9. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    They were thinking selfishly and wanting to punish Fran for everything they could never get her father back with.

    At this point, we won't have the money to build if we buy so we need to find a place big enough. There is one place on the market now that could possibly work, we just have to see if they have reduced the price.

    As I posted in a reply earlier, evidently the lady who lead the charge is evidently quite unhappy with her own life. :hyper:

    EX-ACTLY! :teacher: We just need to find something large enough with a desperate owner willing to cut their price to an deal that Fran can't refuse! :rotfl2:
     
  10. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    I'm over it. But what will help more will be to start really looking at some houses that we could buy. Unfortunately we can't do that for at least a week, and then we will probably be working on getting the place ready to rent. For now, I just hope that we get to take our weekend jaunt.
     
  11. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    The Carolwood room at VWL would be great. Yes as it approaches we will keep in touch. P x


    Sorry again about you and Fran having to deal with the wrath of the last generation. Forgive I could not figure out from thread. Is Fran's father still with us or has he passed?
     
  12. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Yeah, that's what we're thinking now. Who knows what they would do to our cats? We have a few that are indoor outdoor cats and they mean the world to us, I wouldn't want vindictive people like this anywhere near our babies!

    Yeah, I can't say enough how awful these people are. I hope that we can keep decent tenants with such crackpot neighbors. I would just really like to find some nice musician types who have day jobs in a high paying career, but love to jam at night! :thumbsup2

    I think it's also a snafu at the city level, Fran thinks it's the architect who should have known better. Anyways, she's thrown him under the bus. I'm not talking about getting bad tenants in there. We want them to make money (3x the monthly rent in monthly salary) and not be destructive, but we aren't going to have them sign what we call the "Cinderella Clause" in our rental papers. This is the one where I tell tenants that if Cinderella lived in our building she would turn into a pumpkin at 10:00 instead of midnight. We will just happen to leave that one out when we rent this place. And we will happen to remove any "be courteous of your neighbors" clauses in the paperwork.:rolleyes1

    There are plenty of good folks with money that might get a little loud and rambunctious and we just hope that we find them to move in to that unit! Plus the fact that we will never again view it as our future home will allow us to let go on a lot of things. I just checked the website of a place that we have been watching and they reduced the price sort of significantly, well 9.3%. It's still sort of out of our price range, but closer. :rolleyes1

    Yeah, well I'm most sorry for the rent wasted that we could have been collecting on that place. A seriously substantial amount of money! However, it will be on the market soon. Whatever soon means.

    Yes exactly, there would have been no love there. We are now setting our sights elsewhere. Hopefully that will work out.
     
  13. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    OK, pity party over! Back to the PTR such that it is!​


    :cool1: :cool1: party: :dance3:

    :thanks:

    You are too funny! I'm not sure it's that exciting, but OK. It certainly feels good to have that building rented out, but we're back into the "getting a place ready to rent again" mode.

    Gale (our contractor) does a wonderful job. I'm glad to have that head ache over. Now we get to put 1st street back up. Oh well, it will bring in a ton of money!

    The before pics weren't awful, but we want to charge top dollar for the apartments and no one was going to pay good money to rent a place that didn't look like a million bucks.

    That was the people who I rented to on Sunday. I had to download instructions on how to really read every intricacy of the credit report. I was reading it correctly. She had some big red flags, but everything for the past 12-18 months was perfect, so she had told me the truth that she had in fact gotten things back together. They should be working on moving in soon. They live across the street in a smaller unit so they still had to give notice there before they moved into our place.

    Oh yeah, I need to take their check to the bank!

    Yeah, well you notice I didn't post any pics of MY place! :rolleyes1

    Thank you. Now if we can only get and maintain a place like that for ourselves!

    They are rather patient and you could make it easy by saying, "no seafood", etc. Try it at Napa Rose and see how it works out, Chef Hunnel is as easy to work with as Chef Sutton.

    I'm rather pleased with this particular unit.

    Oh yeah, and they do a full vegetarian menu as well. I really think you and your Mom should treat yourselves to a trip there in December. I mean you are STAYING at the hotel. It would make for a wonderful Christmas treat. Hurry! Call them and book it now! Time is running out! :lmao:

    Well at least the renovations went good! :rotfl:

    You should have seen the tub after they took it out. Sawed clean in half, I was amazed! 1st street looks equally as good, and you know the location, it will rent in no time too.

    :welcome:

    Cute, I love the Aussie nuances, timber floors, I love it! We call them hardwood floors in the states, and yes they were under the carpet the whole time. We could never have afforded to lay new floors, the cost would have been astronomical, but to refinish them was about the same price as laying new carpet. That is a five unit building and four of the five units have had the hardwood floors restored. The one that didn't got new carpeting in 2010 because a pipe burst and the bathroom had to be rebuilt. We wanted to restore the hardwood at that time, but insurance would only cover "returning it to the status quo", so we got new carpet. It was still in good shape when we remodeled that unit, so we couldn't see paying to rip out perfectly good carpeting. There is an elderly couple in there now and they plan on staying until they die. :rotfl:

    Hardwood floors are all the rage over here. Cleaner for asthma and other conditions, stuff doesn't get caught in the carpet. I kind of like it since our carpets are filthy, what with :rolleyes1 how many cats....

    Thanks, and not laminate, that's actual hardwood as I was replying to Marlea. This building was built in the 50s and I guess it was common back then. It's the real stuff. I'm hoping that our house has hardwood....if we buy the one I'm looking at it will....

    Okey, dokey, folkies! I'm gonna be heading out in a few hours. We have a West Coast meeting of the Great Autos of Yesteryear Car Club in San Luis Obispo this weekend. Everything starts tomorrow, but Fran and I are getting a jump on things by going up tonight. We always run late so we don't want to miss anything by arriving too late tomorrow night.

    This was our planned method of transportation.

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    However, after we got it out of the garage a couple weeks ago to drive it around town, Fran noticed that it was stalling at stop lights when the AC was running. Then when we picked it up from the stereo installer (new speakers), the passenger side window wouldn't roll down (power windows). It turns out there was a problem with the Carburetor that was able to be fixed, however, the electrical switches had gone bad, and it takes a week to get new parts in. I'm not riding in a car in California in July that the window can't roll down. So we're taking the SUV instead.

    I may do a mini TR on some of the highlights of the trip, but it's sad that we aren't taking our vehicle of choice and get to show her off. Anyways, I'll be back when I can! I'm looking forward to five mornings of a hot cooked breakfast made by someone else!
     
  14. dolphingirl47

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    I hope that you will have a wonderful weekend.

    Corinna
     
  15. rentayenta

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    Have fun Alison. Safe travels!
     
  16. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Thank you!

    It's 5:30 and we are just leaving Long Beach. I love arriving at midnight!
     
  17. Luvchefmic

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    GORGEOUS car !!!! :cool1: yeah for pity party over ...those are horrible kinds of parties ...hosted and have been a guest at my own too many times in the past year...no good Have a Wonderful Time ! :woohoo:
     
  18. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Thanks for update on your new tenants glad they checked out! All that legal paper work must be a headache you must really have to read every detail so carefully! No gotchas! Well done :-)

    Woohoo a road trip have fun. Shame about not being able to take your cool car of choice. What make model in that car? I am not familiar with American models only that I love and admire them. I love that one and would love to know what it is! A Cadillac maybe?

    Have fun! Yum cooked breakfast! The whole nine yards. I am still in love with the food porn of the dogs from Pinks.... Omg come to Mamma!
     
  19. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Thanks! Yeah our mechanic put a lot of work into that car and then he up and died of lung cancer. :sad2: I love that car, so sad that the parts take a week. I guess next time.

    IM not a big pity partyperson. I bought into it that night, but by the time I went to bed I realized that as nice as that place was going to be, the vibe woukd have been too awful to live with. The bavk up place that I found last month reduced their price 9.3% since we looked at it. We need to take another look and see if we can fit a movie room, library, as well as storage for our clothing, instruments, other personal stuff and then can we still have an elevator and will there still be room for our artwork and figures? So much to think about!

    Yeah, I really had to study up for that one. Although I did learn that I had been reading them right all along.

    That is our 1970 Cougar XR7, obviously it's a convertible. Fran is rather partial to Cougars as we habe a few of them in the different body styles as they varied year to year. This one is my favorite and it has had the most work done to it. Pity the window acted up just before we left. I am definitely looking forward to the breakfast and we get free drinks in the afternoon.

    Yeah Pinks was quite an experience! We had been talking about going there for years and finally just did it! Those dogs were awesome!

    BTW we finally got here at 11:30PM. I unloaded the car and all our bags are in the room. I hing up our formal clothes and got what things we need tonight to go to bed, but the rest of the lot will wait until morning. :faint: I'm going to take a bath and go to bed. We have to be down to breakfast by 9:30, sooner if we want cooked to order stuff. Then I may just go back to bed. Or not. Our hotel is in the middle of a parking lot with all kinds of fun stores and a grocery store where I can get anything we forgot!
     
  20. Paula Sedley-Burke

    Paula Sedley-Burke Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...

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    Thanks for the info on car. I googled that model and loving it! How amazing. Hopefully when you get her back on the road she can enjoy your next road trip.

    Your hotel choice sounds very well selected. I love those places where it's in the middle of stores you can buy things you need. When we did our driving tour of California we stayed in hotels like that. It was just ideal! One of our bucket list items is to hire an RV and see more of Cali we love it. We fell for Carmel by Sea. One of our favourite memories of all the things we did was a free tour of the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield. Such fun! I love Jelly beans :-)

    Lovely State you live in. So diverse from Lake Tahoe which was divine to San Fran which was amazing. Oh I want to go back now! Enjoy the car show!
     
  21. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Enjoy the 5 cooked breakfasts. We'll be here....waiting for you to return.....with those wonderful pictures of CARS!!!

    Your own personal Cars Land. :lmao:
     

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