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Stepping *back* from the abyss...

Well, Mr. Real Estate Agent hung up on me, and then wouldn't answer his phone all the next day. Weird. Then my father told me he changed his mind and that house would be a *really* bad idea for someone as short-staffed as I was likely to be.

So, scratch that house.

I'm gettin an appointment to look at a house in East Austin next, an area that's slum-becoming-trendy. This is...wow...a four-bedroom house, 2100 square feet, two stories, walk-in closets, for $165K. There's got to be a catch. There's some tenents renting it right now, so I'd get to be a slumlord through March or so...interesting...
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Edit--I'm starting to get pretty excited about this property. It's within walking distance of a few parks and a major thrift store, and a short drive to one more major thrift shop, a big Half Price Books, my favorite video store, and it's only going to add about 5 minutes to my morning commute. Pretty sweet. Maybe this'll work out :) It's going to be a leetle bit more expensive than our current house, because we'll have to slap property tax on top of everything else, but apart from that, should be about the same...possibly the tiniest bit cheaper, electrically speaking, if it's more compact than Chukar and has better insulation. We'll see.

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pacerfox
Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Wow... houses *in* Austin are expensive
spottylogic
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Hmm...I guess everything's relative. My mom's house in south austin was smaller, and $20K more expensive. Round Rock does have better price per square foot, but on the other hand, my elected representative probably isn't making stripping my rights a campaign platform plank, so there's trade-offs :)
pacerfox
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
I went north for the prices, not really the politics. I really doubt the *two* reps in Texas that are on our side will make much a difference in the sea of red. I do vote here, making it a little more blue.
spottylogic
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Good point, the prices are A LOT better up there! I've been tempted by the prices, but the commute from y'all's area (or the excellent prices south of Austin proper) would kind of suck...and living in Austin is a priority for me, at least until it turns into Houston.
pacerfox
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
That's fair. Although the toll roads do help out a lot in our commute. However, what you save in a house may go to your drive so it may be a wash. I got a house here because, at the time, I was working in Round Rock.
spottylogic
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yah...also, the area I'm looking at is likely going to be yuppified very soon, so there's a good chance it'll increase in value! Woohoo :)
nightfolf
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Well, Josh's parents will be selling their house. lol
fairy_wench
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Do you have an agent that's representing you? Because it sounds like you could benifit from one (or, a more responsive one).

If you're looking at the East Central area, I know a great woman who specializes in that area. If you want, I can introduce you to a couple of really great agents that I know you'd get along with.
spottylogic
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Well...the agent we're working with is Whines's co-worker's husband, so I'm giving him one more chance, but I'd like to drop him. I've worked a little bit with my mom's agent, she's got a gift for finding houses that Whines and I really like, so I'll probably go with her next if I can't deal with the one I'm working with.

The one who hung up on me was the one that actually held the property I was looking at, not the guy who's (supposed to be) helping us with our purchase.
fairy_wench
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if you're having to call listing agents directly, your buyer's agent isn't doing their job. If he were, he would be taking you directly to the properties you want to look at and you'd never really have to talk to a listing agent until you want to write a contract.

I know you have another agent in reserve, but at some point, give Richard Foster a call and just talk to him. He's awesome, and I know you would love him. I'll email you his number.
spottylogic
Aug. 3rd, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
In his defense, I told him I'd be looking for a house in October, so I'm operating a little earlier than expected. This just seemed like a good opportunity, since it's got tenants until next spring, that covers our lease period without costing me an extra $1000/month. Not that I'm particularly interested in defending him, since he still hasn't returned my phone calll..grumble..
aliastaken
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
I don't know why, but...
I'm surprised by this turn of events.
spottylogic
Aug. 3rd, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't know why, but...
In the soap opera of life, it's important to keep the audience interested. The advertising dollars are better.
jerseytude
Aug. 4th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Have you considered a condo?
spottylogic
Aug. 4th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
I've considered it, but that'd be a "move in three years" situation. It's certainly an option, but it'd feel a little like a step backward--smaller environment, and all.
cyclonestruckit
Aug. 5th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
The "slum becoming trendy" East Austin area you describe sounds like the neighborhood where we bought. We're near Mueller development, where it's all mid-century brick houses with around three bedrooms. The number of extensive remodels is growing, and the prices are rising fast. We feel lucky to have gotten in about a year ago when the prices were still in the mid-100's.
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