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[Mar. 23rd, 2016|05:44 am]
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Up and down, up and down. Christine had a much easier day yesterday. I tried walking a mile from the office to the train station: my feet were unhappy. How much was stretching them off and on all day at work is hard to know. Also, i suspect my compression wrapping.

Poor feet. They love being unconstrained by shoes, toes wiggling away in the air. I wonder if i can find supportive sandals....

We've found a few other places that are quite nice: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1761-Russell-Chapel-Church-Rd-Pittsboro-NC-27312/74946762_zpid/?view=public is gleaming at the top of the wish list at the moment. (What is the restrictive covenant, i wonder, and is there decent bandwidth?)



The realtor is drawing up the offer. We've all agreed to ignore that the covenants limit to two cats. (No limit on dogs. I guess Edward will be a dog.) (How can you limit to two cats but twelve chickens -- you could have twelve roosters but only two cats??) (Covenant expires in October 2017.)

So, other than the cat thing (note: Mountain View zoning limits to two cats, when we were in Philly we weren't supposed to have any pets but the landlord said not to worry about it), it looks like a lovely piece of North Carolina heaven.

Or hell in July and August, 'cause i am going to DIE in the humidity, but....

OMG i can't believe we are making an offer on a house. (There's one offer for the house above already and there might be others tomorrow - there were seven showings today.)


[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2016-03-24 02:40 am (UTC)

b) have you tried Tevas?


d) It's none of their damn business how many cats you have. This is one of those ordinances that's on the books in case they run into a cat hoarder. I don't think you need to worry about it.

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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-03-24 04:10 am (UTC)
Oooooooooh I hope you win!
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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2016-03-24 11:13 am (UTC)
OMG, this one is beautiful. Further out of town, but really fabulous. I am jealous! maybe except for the lawnmowing; I would pay someone to do that. I hope you get this one! Has anyone in your family gone out there to see it?
How is the realtor working out?

My house has a covenant on farm animals, no horses, sheep, etc. I am not sure if any of my neighbors have chickens. In Durham you can have chickens but no roosters. A friend's subdivision has a no-chickens policy, but they are going to try to get on the homeowner's board and vote that one off. They already have beehives.

anyway I can imagine your heads are spinning. it will work out one way or another.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-03-24 12:42 pm (UTC)
Spinning like woah.

I saw it on Tuesday night while waiting for Christine to pick me up from the train. We looked at it, wrote a randomly selected agent (because we were clueless what that was committing us to) to show it to my folks on Wednesday.

I know it's Thursday morning but that seems a week ago now.

I talked to my folks again after 5 eastern: they were mostly ecstatic about the place. Dad is muttering about the siding being thin, but if it's cypress as claimed it's amazing and incredibly valuable. Mom's only warning was about juvenile style trim around the ceiling in one of the bed rooms. That and that the lawn isn't perfect. Apparently, they were even talking about buying it (for us? for them?)

While it is out of current civilization, it's within Pittsboro zoning. Dad says 8 minutes to groceries. Just outside of Pittsboro is a huge planned live work high tech community. We're not excited about the vision of a g'zillion googlers moving in next door, but at least this time we'll have 30' of our own woods around us instead of listening to them play video games down stairs.

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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2016-03-24 12:54 pm (UTC)
yeah if you already talked to an agent about it, they will not want to give up their half of the seller's comission, but luckily you will need very little hand-holding by a realtor since your folks are so familiar with the process (I needed to be baby-sat).

Pittsboro is lovely, I agree. I didn't know about this big planned community; I had to google it. It looks like it will be some time before that happens, and you would still have your own acres to yourselves.I don't think you will need to be concerned. It's a big place.
Agree with your folks - I would buy it myself if I could!
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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2016-03-24 03:03 pm (UTC)
also, not sure if this was just my idiot brother, but if you are getting a bank loan, get it with a local NC mortgage lender. my brother was a real estate agent at the time, and insisted on doing the loan stuff, and I got charged a lot for things that might have been normal in CA but were not normal in NC. it was a bad idea all around, and I refinanced when rates went down anyway. but that may just have been him. I kind of knew better, but let it go through anyway (this was in 2000).
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2016-03-27 05:52 pm (UTC)
It is a drawing, but since it was drawn by Dworkin of Amber... never mind, obscure fantasy series reference.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2016-03-27 05:49 pm (UTC)
If your cats are indoor only, I reckon you could be temporarily boarding one for a friend. The real point of the covenant might be outdoor cats anyway.

(Or, as lj user="tx_cronopio" mentions, to avoid cat hoarding).

House buying is exciting - I hope it goes well and you find something you can truly love!
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