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    Default Big Buy......at least for me.

    Well, after living here for what feels like forever, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy a house. I'm officially under contract as of now, with the inspection scheduled for next Saturday, and a close date the second week of July. My lease is up at the end of July, so the timing is perfect. I'm not married, and refuse to buy with someone I'm just dating, so this one's all mine. Which is a cause for both joy and terror.

    3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, dining room, and 2 family rooms (each with a fireplace), so one of them will most likely become a HT-centric room. Love the back yard, as it's not huge, but it's big enough for a large dog and is already fenced in. Great location at the end of a cul-de-sac. Overall, it's in great shape. Fingers crossed everything works out!

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    Congrats !!! Enjoy your new space.

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    Congrats! No worries about where a man cave can be built ehh? Great looking house!
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    Gorgeous! I love it.

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    Congrats, and welcome to the american dream.
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    Congrats!
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    Looks beautiful...congrats.

    Two family rooms?...Perfect. One for HT and one for 2-ch
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    Great looking house, congrats! Geez, I could see myself snoozing away a sunny afternoon on one of them thar covered porch swings on that front veranda zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    Very nice! Let us know when you've got keys in hand.
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    Your dog on the porch?

    That looks like one great starter house. Details?
    Sqft #, of bed, bath, lot size, etc. How big is the home theater/listening room?

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    Great looking house!

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    I would blast my system all day in that house,,, I love it!

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    Congrats on the major purchase!

    From afar it looks like the RCA Victor dog on the porch...lol

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    Looks good! Hope it all goes well for you

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    So was this the one we talked about and if so did they go for your initial number?

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    Nice! Good decision also concerning refusing to buy with someone you're dating.

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    Thanks gents! I'm very excited/happy (and also nervous...) And yes, the 2 family rooms opens up a world of possibilities in regards to having a dedicated HT room. Neither are perfect in regards to dimensions, walls, etc, but since it doesn't have a basement, I'll work with what I have. The dog is very cool (I met him when looking at the house), but he unfortunately doesn't convey.

    And yes, napping on the front porch, and turning the RTi's up to 11 are both mandatory the day I move in :) I have enough room between me and the neighbors where I'll be able to enjoy my rig worry free for the first time in years. Anyone want to buy some headphones? :)

    Looking at 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, about 1800 square feet, the 2 aforementioned family rooms, dated (but clean) kitchen with a small island, dining room, and maybe 1/3 an acre for the yard. The yard is nice and level, with the back yard completely fenced in and dog ready. Flower beds look nice, and there's a very large patio area for grilling/ back porch furniture so I can enjoy the warm VA summer nights. Roof was replaced about 8 years ago, and the windows were all replaced about 2 years ago with energy efficient windows. Heat pump is old, but I'll probably replace that in August to cut off any trouble at the pass.

    HOA's are like 200 a year, so nothing to worry about there. All in all, this is everything I could have wanted and more out of my first home. There are definitely things that need to be done (God forsaken wall paper MUST go ASAP, kitchen floor needs to be tiled, kitchen cabinets need sanding, staining and new hardware, etc), but it's all cosmetic. Home inspection next weekend. Fingers crossed it's not about to implode or anything crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post
    So was this the one we talked about and if so did they go for your initial number?
    Different house, same style and same neighborhood. The list price here was at my lowest offer price on that other house, so I think I did well price wise. This was an estate sale, so I think they were looking for a quick sale (which they got....my offer went in 2 days after it hit the market) more than anything else.)
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    Congrats!

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    Congrats dude, nice looking joint you snagged. Is the dog extra ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    Congrats dude, nice looking joint you snagged. Is the dog extra ?
    Funny, everyone loves the dog :)

    The dog actually came up and sniffed me and let me pet him when I was seeing the place, which surprised the owners as he was apparently a bit shy. The negotiations came down to a couple K in closing costs, and they ended up relenting b/c they liked me/ thought I was a nice guy/wanted me to have the place. That dog very well may have saved me a couple grand, haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jflail2 View Post
    There are definitely things that need to be done (God forsaken wall paper MUST go ASAP, kitchen floor needs to be tiled, kitchen cabinets need sanding, staining and new hardware, etc), but it's all cosmetic.
    Our first house was a post war bungalo, bought in in early '80's. Older widow sold it to us. She was a live wire! There were an orange and red enamel stripe in zig-zag pattern that started on the inside wall at the side entry door, went through the kitchen and ended on the living room wall. It was a pain to cover up. Need to find pics of that....lol

    Old knob and tube wiring with some romex, metal kitchen cabinets, stainless sink. Wife said she got a bad shock with her hand in the sink and touching cabinets. No way I said, and stuck my hand in the water and grabbed the cabinet...yee-ha!!! Hot wire for light switch was shorted to box (no ground), chrome switch cover touching metal cabinets. Speaking of live wires, full 120v. Oh man, great memories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCompRacer View Post
    Our first house was a post war bungalo, bought in in early '80's. Older widow sold it to us. She was a live wire! There were an orange and red enamel stripe in zig-zag pattern that started on the inside wall at the side entry door, went through the kitchen and ended on the living room wall. It was a pain to cover up. Need to find pics of that....lol

    Old knob and tube wiring with some romex, metal kitchen cabinets, stainless sink. Wife said she got a bad shock with her hand in the sink and touching cabinets. No way I said, and stuck my hand in the water and grabbed the cabinet...yee-ha!!! Hot wire for light switch was shorted to box (no ground), chrome switch cover touching metal cabinets. Speaking of live wires, full 120v. Oh man, great memories.
    Hahaha, holy crap! I didn't see anything that looked outright dangerous, but I suppose that's what the home inspection is for. ANd the paint sounds............interesting. There's a border in the dining room that is pretty ugly, and the kitchen is wall papered in less than pretty paper as well, but that's just a scraper, some elbow grease and a couple cans of paint, so I don't mind that as much.

    The work AND the nickel and diming starts. Pay for the home inspection. Pay for the lawfirm to actually close. Pay to move. Pay to get my old place cleaned up and move out ready. Pay pay pay. I knew it was coming, but it still hurts.
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    Best piece of advice I ever got about home ownership (on my 4th home now). Do one major upgrade a year (paint, floors, carpet, deck, furnace, etc.) that way you'll never get hit with several at once, and take care of the yard.
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    Congrats on the new house. Very nice! Make sure you walk around with the home inspector and ask plenty of questions. don't focus on minor issues but make sure the house is structurally sound and big ticket items are carefully looked at. don't forget the potential land issues either like high water tables, drainage etc. my wife sells real estate and some home inspectors are done in an hour and others do a very thorough 3 hour inspection. Just my 2 cents so you get off to a good start.

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    Good luck on the house,hope all goes well, it's beautiful! Nothing attracts a good woman like a nice home, and this one fits that to a tee. Got to get ya a dog now,lol!
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    My next house will definitely have a farmers porch because that one looks GREAT!
    Congrats and welcome to the world of home ownership. Goodbye extra money, hello DEMO DAY!!

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    Love the front porch. Congrats and enjoy!

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