Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The American dream: Part II

Back in March, I made a post about maybe buying a home. In it, I listed my ideal parameters:

"...a house that's about 1800 square feet, with a 2-car attached garage, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a large kitchen with lots of counter space, a nice deck, a big back yard, a woodburning fireplace, and a red front door, all for $120,000 or less."

Since then, we have looked at 22 houses. We put an offer on one in Wadsworth, but it was declined. Last night, we put an offer on a house in Copley - well, technically, it's Akron, but it's Copley-Fairlawn school systems, so major bonus right there. Here's how it stacks up to my wish list:

  1. 1800 Square Feet - WIN - it's got a whopping 2200 Square Feet!
  2. 2 car attached garage - WIN - and it's oversized, with access leading to a bonus room above the garage
  3. 4 bedrooms - (almost) WIN - 3 bedrooms, with a finished room above the garage, plumbed for a bathroom
  4. 2.5 bathrooms - LOSS - it's got 2 full bathrooms, but see comments on #3
  5. Kitchen - WIN - freaking awesome open kitchen with an island and stainless steel appliances
  6. Nice deck - (sorta) WIN - it's decent, kind of small, we're in negotiations to have it redone
  7. Big back yard - MAJOR WIN - the lot is the last house on a dead end street, completely private huge back yard surrounded by trees
  8. Woodburning fireplace - WIN - how about two of them? Yeppers.
  9. A red front door - LOSS - but it's a nice front door anyway
  10. All for $120,000 or less - LOSS - it's on the market for $134K but we offered less, along with a list of items to repair/replace/install/etc.
So, in summary, that's 7 wins and 3 losses. I am totally psyched about this house. It has been flipped, so roughly everything inside it is new - carpet, laminate flooring, tile, appliances, paint, fixtures, windows, doors. And if we get our way - garage doors and openers, patio door, security system, and wood decking. I know it sounds like we're asking for a lot, but this guy said he's pretty much willing to do any additional work for the right offer. He just didn't want to pour any more money into it without a prospective buyer. The exterior does leave a little to be desired - it's cement block that has been kinda covered in stucco. I would like to put siding on it someday. And the landscaping needs some attention, but since it's the last house on a dead end road and no one lives across from it, I think we can get away with being lazy for a year or so.

So, cross everything you've got - fingers, toes, arms, legs, eyes, shoelaces, gonads. Whatever you've got. I want this house.

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