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An Update on House Hunting

October 20th, 2023 at 09:36 pm

I am currently under contract for a little house in Illinois for the 4th time.  This house does not really have any charm, but it was built in 1983. (That's decades newer than the other houses I have been looking at).  It seems to be structurally sound.  The inspection is scheduled for this coming Monday, so I will know soon enough.  This house is a 3/1 with a 1 car attached garage built on a crawlspace (no basement).  It has a fenced-in backyard which is a definite plus.  It is 960 sq ft and is on a cul-de-sac.

The agreed upon price is 75k.  That means I will need to put down approximately 45k and the mortgage will be in the low 30s (closing costs).  This will leave me a good chunk of cash to live on until I can find a job.

I really have not been doing a whole lot since recovering from Covid.  I have been taking it easy and reading a good bit.  I have been getting rid of belongings slowly, but need to increase my pace.  If this house works out, I can close by early November and want to move right after.  SB is still working full-time, but his boss does know that he is planning to move in the near future.

Do you recall years ago I shared a picture of 3 dogs belonging to a tenant?  When we first moved up here, they would bark at me each time I came and went.  I decided to befriend them and began giving them treats each time I passed them.  (I did clear this with their owner before proceeding).  It was not long at all before their angry, territorial barks were replaced with excited barks at the sight of me.  They would wiggle with anticipation as I approached their fence.  I certainly enjoyed the sweet company of those dogs.  Last year, the female australian shepherd got sick and died.  Almost immediately, the male yellow lab stopped eating and shortly joined her.  This was only a few months before my Bella died.  The remaining male black lab just went to his final vet visit on Monday.  He was 13 and had declined a lot in the previous few months.  One day he could walk, and the next day his legs would not support him.  So his owner rightly scheduled his last appointment.  I had the opportunity to say good-bye before he went.  Their yard is so empty now.  I sure do miss all 3 of them.  It makes me want to move all the more.

Here is the entry which contains a picture of them:  Let It Snow: Reaching For Financial Security (

2 Responses to “An Update on House Hunting”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    You can make a house look charming. You can't make it structurally sound. I would always go for the second and put my charm on it. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint, some flowers in the spring, summer, and fall, and some pretty wall plaques can add to a house. There are some unique ornaments with gazing balls, too. I found one in the shape of a heron and one in the shape of a pelican. And of course the blown glass wind chimes are amazingly gorgeous and sound fantastic.

    I knew a guy who would buy silk flowers and stick them into the dirt for the the winter. The October and November ones were orange, cream, green, and brown, until the day after Thanksgiving where he changed them out to poinsettias and then on New Years they were silver and gold until Valentine's Day when they were silver, pink, and red, and then on St. Patrick's Day they were silver and green. After that the primroses and pansies were growing and he was back to real flowers. It was fun. So yes, you can find whatever quirky charm you want and put it on a house. Don't worry about that.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    You can make the house the way you want it if it is in good shape. Hope you get this house. 1983 is better than some that are so old and you don't know what you are getting.

    Good plan on befriending those dogs!

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