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Mar. 18th, 2007 | 11:09 pm

My girlfriend had been pestering me for a month or so to go take a look at a nice looking condo complex near our current apartment. Today we finally went, the units were fairly luxurious, and thanks to being right next to the freeway were a little bit cheaper (for new construction) in Pasadena.

I still have no idea what I/we could reasonably afford, commitment is still scary, I don't know about a grad school offer, and $450,000-$550,000 seems like an obscene amount of money.

Though thanks to her prodding I did go ahead and email the real estate agent for some leads on some brokers.

Why are granite counter-tops and tubs with water jets so appealing? And why doesn't new construction have ethernet jacks in each room. I mean the 3 coax ports was kinda neat, but c'mon, where's my fiber or cat6?

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from: secretslip
date: Mar. 19th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)

Wow, you're so grown up! Can I still be friends with you if you buy a house?

My parents are getting new granite countertops installed. I think you can put hot things on them and not have to worry. The water jets are probably because most people who can afford them are old and don't have good circulation anymore.

Are you two gonna stay in Pasadena forever and ever?

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 19th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)

Yes you can still be my friend, heck you can even still crash at my place.

And I still so don't feel like an adult yet--well except for when I'm being grumpy and yelling "I wish those kids would be quiet."

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Jane Tutor

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from: pixelpoet
date: Mar. 28th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)

haha.. funny

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from: irilyth
date: Mar. 19th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)

Huh, I bought a house, is that why you never write any more? :^)

Solid-surface countertops are also really sturdy and easy to clean. (Ours are Corian rather than granite.) There's no tile grout, no laminate material coming loose, etc. It's surprising how much difference it makes.

Diane: A mortgage broker will help you figure out what you can afford; there are also online mortgage calculators, although they don't usually take taxes and insurance into account. (In most condos, insurance is covered through the HOA fees, but you have to take those into account of course.)

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Mar. 19th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)

I wish I could introduce you to the agent who helped us get our house, but we lost touch with her several years ago and I have no idea where to find her now. The agency she used to work for runs ads in the paper all the time featuring this or that agent's choice property du jour, but her photo never appears. I'm guessing that means she doesn't work there any more.

She was a buyers' agent and a miracle worker.

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