Home Ownership Year One : The Search

Good evening all,

Just passed the one year mark of owning my first home and today I wanted to take a look a back at some of the quirky yet comical houses we came across while hunting,

In the months leading up to the closing I was completely ignorant when it came to terms like : “escrow”, “buyer’s contingencies”, ” flood insurance”.

I remember how well timed out it was.  We closed on July 22nd of last year and my lease was up on the 26th.  We made the offer just in time and everything fell into place minus a few hiccups.

I remember we looked at about 25 houses.

My price range kept us out of range of some of the really good houses but gave us access to odd ball houses that had some kind of underlying problem.

I remember some.

The Asian Family house.   2 story…9 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms….low ceilings.  Only big problem was that the floor was caving in…not used to 200 plus pound Gaijins like me, Asian term for white people.

The house Patti fell in love with:  I honestly can’t remember it but it failed the plumbing inspection.  Didn’t need human feces flowing from the floor boards at the first flush


The kiddie porn dungeon : Up stairs made me feel like I was in the movie “The Ring”  Creepy Mirrors straight out of the horror movie.   Downstairs was even more horrifying.  Big stage lights were everywhere.  Maybe Jim Cunningham lived there?  Anyone get that reference?

Hidden Passage House :  The kid in me loved this house.  Basically every room had a closet.  And every closet had a passage behind the walls that took you to another closet.  It would have been a “Home Alone” paradise.  Don’t know why I am making all these movie references today.

The Swimming Pool Basement :  The house was very modern and spacious but unfortunately it had animals living it in and the big surprise was went I went to the recently finished basement to find 2 feet a clear standing water.  This is what happens when your listing agent unplugs your sub-pump.

In the end we settled on our modest split level ranch with 4 bedrooms.  We spent the last year slow fixing it up and making it into our our.  Still have a lot to learn and do.



Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2016 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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