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  1. swimmieAvsFan's Avatar
    What exactly are they expecting to find by bringing in this engineer? I feel like your house, besides being impeccably maintained (which I've obviously seen first hand), is probably likely to have fared the earthquake better than more modern houses, simply because in the 1920s, folks cared about quality of workmanship. I can kind of see their point when they were buying in SF, but in NoVa, really?
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by swimmieAvsFan
    Oh that sucks. Home buying/selling can be obnoxious, depending on the other parties involved. We put an offer on our house, right at the selling price (and most homes were going for a few $K under at that point), with just a home inspection clause on it, only to get into a bidding war with someone who wanted to pay cash and had a $8K escalation clause in their offer (most homes around here are $1500 or less). Thankfully the seller kind of got the heebie-jeebies from the other buyer, so she went with us, but we almost didn't get the house. Both her real estate agent and ours mentioned that folks who do that kind of stuff, especially in our neighborhood are either going to flip the house or carve it up for rentals.
    Sorry you had to go through that. I guess it's almost par for the course these days ... There are definitely bidding wars here in NOVA on many homes. Better you bought last year than this year when the market is much hotter.

    These buyers have definitely given me the heebie-jeebies. I'm also angry that they have potentially wasted valuable time. We'll have to have another open house, a brokers open house, etc. It's not even in active listings at this point. If they continue to be complete *ssholes, I'm not going to convey our summer swim league membership to them. There's nothing about it in the K anyway. I just don't feel like being a jerk myself. Whatever. We'll see what our engineer says today. If he says it's fine, they'll have to take fine. They have no right to better or perfect.
  3. swimmieAvsFan's Avatar
    Oh that sucks. Home buying/selling can be obnoxious, depending on the other parties involved. We put an offer on our house, right at the selling price (and most homes were going for a few $K under at that point), with just a home inspection clause on it, only to get into a bidding war with someone who wanted to pay cash and had a $8K escalation clause in their offer (most homes around here are $1500 or less). Thankfully the seller kind of got the heebie-jeebies from the other buyer, so she went with us, but we almost didn't get the house. Both her real estate agent and ours mentioned that folks who do that kind of stuff, especially in our neighborhood are either going to flip the house or carve it up for rentals.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1

    When we bought our 1922 house 5 years ago or so, we knew we had problems with the house when we signed the papers. A house nearly 100 years old is going to have problems...especially if you inherit "homeowner specials" as my dad calls them. Some people just don't know what the heck they're doing with additions/remodels sometimes. Part of the fun of owning a home is fixing the stuff as it arises.
    That's what you have to do sometimes, sign and renovate. But our house has been professionally renovated and is in perfect condition - new roof, new systems, new covered porch, new everything. It's hard for me to imagine anyone complaining. But if they want a state of the art foundation, we are not providing that. And I just don't like the blatant manipulation involved. We'll see what our engineer finds. But if they are jerks, we're walking away and putting the house back on the market this weekend to not lose any more of the spring market.
  5. jaadams1's Avatar
    It's rare that I immediately hate someone, but I absolutely can't stand her after 20 minutes with her.
    Hopefully I won't be the same way next month in Indianapolis.


    When we bought our 1922 house 5 years ago or so, we knew we had problems with the house when we signed the papers. A house nearly 100 years old is going to have problems...especially if you inherit "homeowner specials" as my dad calls them. Some people just don't know what the heck they're doing with additions/remodels sometimes. Part of the fun of owning a home is fixing the stuff as it arises.
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tjrpatt
    oh wow, that is a low number for Spring Nationals. Well, Indy has much more locker room space than Greensboro.
    True! Greensboro was really laughable on space.
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Exactly. We sold an 1827 Vermont farmhouse. Sorry, but you can't expect 3rd millennium construction. You want modern, buy modern. You want quaint, well that comes with some baggage.
    Precisely my thoughts. We had a long conversation with our real estate agent tonight and she thinks it's correct to bring in our own engineer. The engineer they hired also does repair work, so is hardly impartial. If it's a big ticket item, we'll tell them to suck it up and fix it themselves if it's so important. Our agent confirmed that the wife is a real ball busting b*tch. It's rare that I immediately hate someone, but I absolutely can't stand her after 20 minutes with her.
  8. tjrpatt's Avatar
    oh wow, that is a low number for Spring Nationals. Well, Indy has much more locker room space than Greensboro.
  9. Karl_S's Avatar
    They have no entitlement to a state of the art foundation. It is a 1920s house.
    Exactly. We sold an 1827 Vermont farmhouse. Sorry, but you can't expect 3rd millennium construction. You want modern, buy modern. You want quaint, well that comes with some baggage.
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    We got the same $%^* when we sold our folks place after they passed. The price is the price, take it or walk. It worked in our case, but oh my were they every huffy about it! If they want the place, they will pay what they said they would pay.
    We're perfectly willing to be reasonable if there are minor issues. But our house is meticulously maintained. Mr. Fort is neurotic; it's in absolutely mint condition. So for them to be pulling a stunt like this ... The wife basically said they did the same thing when they bought an old Victorian in SF.

    They want a Victorian, and this is it. They are already coveting our pool/racquet membership (for which there is otherwise a 6 year wait list), kids picked out their rooms, planning pool parties in the backyard, etc. I just really hope their engineer's report doesn't completely piss us off.
  11. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by poolraat
    I wouldn't spend $$ on an engineer unless their engineer finds a potential problem. Then it would be prudent to have your own engineer to evaluate the other's report and do his own investigation.
    On the way out, the real estate agent said there were "some problems." We can't wait. I think we only have 24-48 hours to respond to their engineer's report. I really think this is such BS. They have no entitlement to a state of the art foundation. It is a 1920s house.
  12. poolraat's Avatar
    I wouldn't spend $$ on an engineer unless their engineer finds a potential problem. Then it would be prudent to have your own engineer to evaluate the other's report and do his own investigation.
  13. Karl_S's Avatar
    We got the same $%^* when we sold our folks place after they passed. The price is the price, take it or walk. It worked in our case, but oh my were they every huffy about it! If they want the place, they will pay what they said they would pay.
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    It's ballsy for someone who made a full price offer within days of a listing to expect to negotiate price. Maybe they want to do a lot of renovations? I wouldn't worry about it.
    It was hours after the listing. They love the house, but are contemplating renovating the kitchen. That's not my problem. I'm spending big bucks renovating myself. It's just such a blatant tactic. I feel we have no recourse but to spend more money on our own engineer. And while the house is under contract, it can't be marketed. I guess that's what they intended. Sigh. At least we're the only Victorian house on the market.
    Updated April 10th, 2013 at 07:44 PM by The Fortress
  15. Water Rat's Avatar
    It's ballsy for someone who made a full price offer within days of a listing to expect to negotiate price. Maybe they want to do a lot of renovations? I wouldn't worry about it.
  16. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    How long do fins need to be to benefit sdk? My SDK is the slowest kick, but I'm not sure if it's training/equipment or life
    Not super long like scuba fins. Just regular long blade fins. I use Water Gear because they are stiffer than the Speedo fins and thus provide more resistance. The Finis Shooter monofin is the gold standard for working on SDK.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    HA! You apparently don't read my blog close enough! I have purchased some long fins FINALLY (a couple weeks back) and use them all the time now. Something I should have done a long time ago (shoudl've actually listened to the advice of the HIT coach when she told me this a long long time ago).
    About time! I feared you would be old school forever!

    I've been kinda distracted latelywith travel, house renovations, house on market, etc.
  18. __steve__'s Avatar
    How long do fins need to be to benefit sdk? My SDK is the slowest kick, but I'm not sure if it's training/equipment or life
  19. jaadams1's Avatar
    Psych sheets for Spring Nationals are up:
    Awesome!! I need to check myself out...at least see if and what I entered.
  20. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    hahaha. This is why I could never train with a USS team.

    Your coach mixes in a good amount of quality with the short rest sets. And of course, you're always working on SDK. Well, maybe not you since you insist on wearing silly zoomers. :-)

    HA! You apparently don't read my blog close enough! I have purchased some long fins FINALLY (a couple weeks back) and use them all the time now. Something I should have done a long time ago (shoudl've actually listened to the advice of the HIT coach when she told me this a long long time ago).