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Oct. 29th, 2009 | 09:31 pm

We've been occasionally attempting to purchase a home, at first we were thinking a house would be good. But then we realized just how well we'd handle dealing with yard work, and how convenient it is to live near transit options.

So started looking at condos, most condos aren't that exciting, but town homes are looking like a good compromise between fewer shared walls, but being closer to transit.

We found a neat place last weekend, but the buyer accepted the first offer before we could see it and submit our second offer. However today the real estate agent told me we were accepted as the first backup offer.

So that's kind of exciting, its the closest to a home purchase I've ever gotten.

However we'll probably need to continue looking at places.

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Elizabeth Fong

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from: lizthegray
date: Oct. 30th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Good luck! :) - I just closed a little over a week ago on a house in Somerville, MA. Home ownership is fantastic so far :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 30th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Very cool. What kind of place did you get?
Have you gotten to move in yet?

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Elizabeth Fong

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from: lizthegray
date: Oct. 31st, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
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Got a house with a backyard - with the dog and all, it felt like we needed to have a reasonable backyard for her to be truly happy; I'm also trying to help build a community of my friends from college and summer camp (four caltech/cty alums live within three blocks...). I moved in the afternoon of closing and slept on an air mattress; the crate with my stuff finally arrived from CA today and my aunt and I were able to put together my bed. Real mattresses are amazing.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Oct. 30th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
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I can't remember, did you ever come over to my condo (townhouse) in Pasadena? I really liked the townhouse format, and the small size of the building (seven) meant not having to deal with large scary condo boards.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 30th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Yes I did, and it's probably why I thought townhouses might be a good strategy.

With no experience I'm assuming that a home owners association is kind of like a local government. Though I had a friend in one place where the busy body running the board kept trying to cut anyone else from joining.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Oct. 30th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
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The horror stories I've heard about HOAs are mostly in cases where there are a lot of units, so most people are very apathetic, and the board has a lot of power, and uses it in ways that are annoying but not enough to break through the apathy, like creating stupid rules about what you can and can't do, or being very slow to address problems that only affect some of the units. In a building with seven units, there isn't that disconnect betwen "the board" and "everyone else".

(On the other hand, a board of four people is a majority of voters right there, so the board can basically do anything it wants regardless of what the other owners think, without even the risk of getting voted off at the next election. In my experience, this was never a problem, but it might be a yellow flag if you look somewhere with few units and a close-knit board -- if you turn out to be on the outside, there may not be much you can do about it.)

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Rosa Westphalen

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from: rosawestphalen
date: Oct. 30th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Good luck with the hunt. We are in a similar position regarding yard work. I hope you find a lovely touwnhome!

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