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  • Originally posted by zoebird View Post
    I also kinda cocked my head to the side when I read louisa's post. I was like -- wait, your big weight loss was losing 15 lbs? Really? I found it offensive, and I'm like, you know, at a good weight or whatever.
    Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post
    Geez that woman made me angry too. I am still shaking my head about it.
    The funny thing is I usually like her posts. I don't know where all that nastiness came from. Maybe she's been doing crossfit too much lately. That is some fun exercise but the folks who are real "into" it can have a bit of an arrogant edge in my experience.

    Anyway, not worth worrying about. The sun is shining, my house is selling and I am feeling right with the world. I found this gorgeous apartment with a HUGE terrace on the 35th floor of a swanky building downtown.

    I have a real estate agent trying to talk me into the advantages of buying a condo instead of renting something. She may just be trying to get herself a larger commission. Not sure about that.

    By the time you pay HOA dues+property taxes+any maintenance or upgrade costs it is going to be about $1500 a month in the nicer condo buildings. For $3000 a month I can get a really nice apartment. If I invest the proceeds from the house I would be getting about $4000/mo extra in dividends so this would not be impacting my money to live on at all.

    Yes, property values may go up and I could get a really good return on my money if I bought, but that is not guaranteed. The economy could implode and I could be left holding the bag.

    Also, at some point in the future when I no longer have a Wolf Cub's needs to think of, I would like to really sell everything I own down to what will fit in suitcases and go full on vagabonding around the world. Maybe put a box or two in a friend's garage. If I buy a condo, I would have to deal with the sale process instead of just walking away.

    Also, what if I decide I don't really like the whole downtown urban living thing after a while. If I am renting it is easier to change my mind.

    Hmmm. Things to think about.

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    • Woohoo! I am so happy for your new chapter!

      You know, home owning has some advantages. BUT if you aren't sure about it, why not take a year lease and decide from there? Plus renting also has some major perks, esp. in a nice property where they take care of things.

      Good luck!!!! How fun and fabulous!
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      • Originally posted by Kymma View Post
        Woohoo! I am so happy for your new chapter!

        You know, home owning has some advantages. BUT if you aren't sure about it, why not take a year lease and decide from there? Plus renting also has some major perks, esp. in a nice property where they take care of things.

        Good luck!!!! How fun and fabulous!
        This^^ makes a lot of sense. It doesn't have to be either/or. I can have renting as the trying it out phase. Who knows, I may get so sick of the city that I want to buy some land and move out to the country and raise goats and chickens.

        Yes the perks are nice in the buildings I'm looking at. Pool, hot tub, full gym, washer/dryer in unit (I hate laundry rooms),really nice kitchen space, building security 24/7, dry cleaning service, and they will even come change a lightbulb for you if one burns out.

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        • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
          This is tiring. Not only that, but I have to keep my stuff picked up and put away and the dishes done, etc.
          Eww! LOL

          Just remember it will be worth the effort in the end. Hope you get a really good offer very soon.
          I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

          Oscar Wilde

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          • Originally posted by Sigi View Post
            Eww! LOL
            Just remember it will be worth the effort in the end. Hope you get a really good offer very soon.
            Hi Sigi! You need to catch up. I accepted an offer a couple of days ago and got the top end of my asking range.

            It has been a very good week.

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            • Ah. So this appears to be what happens when you read to the end of the *page* and not the *thread*!

              Congrats! Doing a happy dance for you. Best wishes for this new chapter of your life.
              I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

              Oscar Wilde

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              • Thanks Sigi. I'm so happy I can't even get properly annoyed at Chaco today.

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                • Give it time...I'm sure he will say something provoking.
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                  • Great on getting the upper end of asking!

                    I've done the condo thing, and it has a certain appeal in terms of grounds maintenance and community. However, my big bitch with HOAs in the condo setting is that most piss away your money. They don't take the time to shop for good but less expensive services. It's a bit of a Catch22. Those who manage money well can't be bothered to sit on an HOA, and those who sit on an HOA board are doing it for reasons other than providing good service. That's a very broad generalization, and I mean no offense.

                    I think if I ever own again, it will be a duplex or triplex. Give one unit a break on the rent for doing grounds keeping.
                    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                    • Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
                      Give it time...I'm sure he will say something provoking.
                      Yep. He always does. He's actually kind of cute. Takes himself way too seriously though.

                      Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                      Great on getting the upper end of asking!

                      I've done the condo thing, and it has a certain appeal in terms of grounds maintenance and community. However, my big bitch with HOAs in the condo setting is that most piss away your money. They don't take the time to shop for good but less expensive services. It's a bit of a Catch22. Those who manage money well can't be bothered to sit on an HOA, and those who sit on an HOA board are doing it for reasons other than providing good service. That's a very broad generalization, and I mean no offense.

                      I think if I ever own again, it will be a duplex or triplex. Give one unit a break on the rent for doing grounds keeping.
                      That's a good point Joanie. I've also heard horror stories about HOAs that are always in your business when it comes to what color you can or can't paint your railing but then are totally MIA when something really needs to get done like dealing with termites or mold problems.

                      I think I'm going to go with Kymma's advice and rent for a year before making any decisions about buying. I did a tour with a real estate broker of the downtown area yesterday. She showed me some nice places but to get the really nice ones, like the penthouse with the big terrace, those are upwards of a million to buy. But I can rent something on the 35th floor of this one building with a HUGE terrace for $3000/mo.

                      The other consideration is that the downtown area is being built up so fast that if you bought something with a pretty view today, there could be another high rise right in front of your window in a couple of years. That would not be good for a condo holding its value for resale. There were several places we looked where this happened where she said, "Um, I'm kind of legally obligated to tell you that there is going to be a huge hotel right there in your view in 2015."

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                      • OK, I've made a decision. One of the buildings I had seen in my hunting called me back to say that one of their units has been vacated recently and that I could see it if I would be understanding that it hasn't been cleaned yet. This was one I had seen the floorplan for but nothing prepared me for what I saw when I walked in. The view from this place should be posted right in the dictionary next to the definition of spectacular. The apartment is about 1000 sq ft with another 800 of terrace space! You can see about a 320 degree panorama of the Coronado Bridge, the mountains to the east, Balboa Park, the harbor. Yet it is high enough up on the 35th floor to be above all the city noise and grit. If this place were for sale as a condo it would easily fetch upwards of 1.5 million. It has real wood floors (not laminate) and real wood cabinets (not veneer). Stainless steel appliances. Oh my. I'm smitten.
                        I can't wait to see the sunrise over those mountains. Now I just have to start measuring all my stuff and deciding what to leave behind. I may have to get a smaller dining room table or ditch it entirely. I can get some barstools and eat off the counter or a coffee table. Oooooh this is such fun!!!!!!!!

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                        • Wonderful!

                          And with 800sqft of terrace in SD, and a glorious view to boot, do I really have to state the obvious... OUTDOOR dining!

                          A couple of bar stools in the kitchen and some pillows you can put around the coffee table for floor sitting will suffice.
                          “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                          ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                          And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                          • Oh wow PB that is awesome, so happy for you

                            What are the rules for pets in apartments?
                            I know lots of places here the stratas don't allow it, which is damn stupid.

                            When do you move?

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                            • Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                              Wonderful!
                              And with 800sqft of terrace in SD, and a glorious view to boot, do I really have to state the obvious... OUTDOOR dining!
                              A couple of bar stools in the kitchen and some pillows you can put around the coffee table for floor sitting will suffice.
                              Exactly. I have a nice teak patio set of a table and six chairs that I'm glad I kept. The table has a hole down the center for an umbrella for shade.

                              Originally posted by Ayla2010 View Post
                              Oh wow PB that is awesome, so happy for you

                              What are the rules for pets in apartments?
                              I know lots of places here the stratas don't allow it, which is damn stupid.

                              When do you move?
                              This building is very pet friendly. They even have a little fenced off green turfed area in the courtyard if you want to take a dog for walkies at night but don't feel like going out on the urban streets (particularly nice for single ladies). In fact almost all the places I've looked at have been pet friendly. Some have weight limitations on dogs and some have breed restrictions like "no pitbulls". My Wolf Cub is 35lbs and not anything vicious so he is fine. Some places charge an extra deposit and an extra per month fee for having a pet but The Wolf Cub is exempt from that because, in addition to being adorable, he is a medical alert service dog. He knows when I am going to have a seizure before I do. So, legally, he is like a blind person's guide dog. He can go anywhere I go.

                              I should be all moved in by about mid March just in time to throw a combined birthday/housewarming party for myself.

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                              • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                                Exactly. I have a nice teak patio set of a table and six chairs that I'm glad I kept. The table has a hole down the center for an umbrella for shade.

                                This building is very pet friendly. They even have a little fenced off green turfed area in the courtyard if you want to take a dog for walkies at night but don't feel like going out on the urban streets (particularly nice for single ladies). In fact almost all the places I've looked at have been pet friendly. Some have weight limitations on dogs and some have breed restrictions like "no pitbulls". My Wolf Cub is 35lbs and not anything vicious so he is fine. Some places charge an extra deposit and an extra per month fee for having a pet but The Wolf Cub is exempt from that because, in addition to being adorable, he is a medical alert service dog. He knows when I am going to have a seizure before I do. So, legally, he is like a blind person's guide dog. He can go anywhere I go.

                                I should be all moved in by about mid March just in time to throw a combined birthday/housewarming party for myself.
                                That is really great, so exciting and so happy for you

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