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1st house from this weekend did not go pending, which was a shock. We're going to go look at it again tomorrow. I'm more willing to consider knocking out walls and doing upgrades if I don't have to en

What a difference some time makes. I got a full-time job working from home 99% of the time. It's going super-well so far. We worked out a solution where I still plan and execute Noah's classes since N

We are pending! Got my magic number and no contingencies, but with a 32-day close because of the weekend. A little obnoxious because they sent it at 1 AM and the offer expired at 1 PM, so clearly they

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We bought a dishwasher!!! 

I've never been so excited about an appliance. This place doesn't have a dishwasher and it's slowly killing me. I actually took a tote of dirty dishes to my sister's house the other day to use her dishwasher. 

We also bought the first 2 kitchen cabinets. I'm so excited. 

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3 hours ago, D-Ray Kenobi said:

I hope I'm wrong, but I really suspect the overall market is headed for another 2008 style crash.  There's no way that the continued pace of housing prices can be sustainable.

The outside investor angle is what really concerns me.  I know this is the same story from many other towns, but there's entire neighborhoods in Huntsville that now are basically owned by those oligarchies.  A group of investors buys out an industrial site, turns it into a yuppie mixed use playground, then buys up all of the housing nearby so the Whole Foods crowd can continue to patronize it and drive up property value.

I'm largely a centrist these days, but stuff like this makes me just want to entirely go to Socialism and make you all my comrades. 

Isn't that what Zillow is doing?  They know who is moving where, how much money they have, and then buying up all the properties in the area and inflating the cost.

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Nothing would shock me at this point.  The lack of regulation is going to end up biting us all before too long.

Back on our front, I have been starting to get some stuff done at our place to either stay here for a long while or get it market ready in a few years.  The house we're in is a little over twenty years old, so it's about that time for a number of things.  Last year I painted and sealed the garage floor and we had professional painters do a few rooms. 

The latest project was getting some foundational supports installed.  My home office / dude room extends a little out from the house, and it had started to sink around a quarter of an inch from the rest of the house.  We had some guys literally dig underneath and put in some hydraulic lifts.  Wasn't too cheap, but the warranty paperwork will make any house inspection look at us very favorably when the time comes.

Next up is getting the roof done.  That's probably coming in a year and I don't imagine it'll be that cheap either unless I can get away with just having it reshingled.

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So we went through all that effort to swap out the smart switches and discovered there is no neutral wires at this house except where the guy ran them himself. Fml. Now I have some useless Wemo switches. We ended up getting some switches that use RFID for the kids bedrooms to set a dimmer schedule to help them wake up in the morning. Not that it did much good this morning with standard time in effect where my little heathen was awake early anyway.

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We finally swapped everything to the formal living room and I actually like it. Its a little cozy and everyone likely can't recline at the same time, but it feels nice. I need new end tables, that's literally a filing cabinet we are trying to get rid of.

Second picture is the "game room". Its a total disaster right now. We literally played cornhole in here Saturday night because it will not stop raining. My husband has decided he cannot live without a pool table and darts. We're going to add a bar where all the boxes are (far left) because there is a stupid step down with a railing that is completely useless. Right now it is holding all the boxes that have been half unpacked and are pissing me off because there's no place to put the things.

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