18 November 2009

Aproaching 2 Months with No Posts

I could list excuses for pages and pages. Indeed, if I just posted a new excuse every day, I could keep the blog updated for a month.

Instead, I'll just say that it is not wise to try to buy a house in the middle of a rather intense academic semester (particularly one that has the added background pressure of a tenure decision).

We spent 8 months on this search because, how shall I put it, the last real estate transaction did not go very well. After looking at at least 50 places, someone finally took an offer that I thought was reasonable (and let's just say that most sellers found what I thought to be reasonable to be offensive in extremis).

We are now the owners of real estate for the fourth time, and owners of a condo for the first time. Just hours after closing we began the first home improvement project, installing new hardwood floors in the master bedroom. Here's photographic proof:

1 comment:

tenaciousmcd said...

Congrats! And much sympathy. We're currently negotiating on a new house ourselves. So far, the hardest thing for us is thinking about leaving a house that we adore (and would have paid off in less than a decade), and might now need to sell. The place we're offering on, however, has an extra bedroom, an extra bathroom, an attached garage, a finished basement, and is all of 2 1/2 blocks from campus. Plus an old roof, and old H/AC. We'd also have to fence the yard for Luther.

Glad I'm not facing tenure stress. Just never ending turf battles in a department with a new chair in a university that is facing massive budget cuts.

Nice job on the wood floors!