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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Acreage Hunters: Part Two + An Offer


I didn’t let a car accident, broken nose, horse pneumonia, and trips all over the country stop me from continuing to look at acreages!  Although I have to be honest, in our budget it continues to be sort of depressing/gross. 


The condo is still for sale and we will probably be taking it off the market for the winter if it doesn’t sell by October.  (Continued finger crossing on my behalf appreciated)



There are quite a few to recap!  Just a quick remind of my legends as referenced in the previous post:


Pricetag legend: 

$ - super affordable, like me working part-time affordable

$$ - In budget

$$$ - Would be a stretch, price would have to come down

 

Location legend:

& - super close, 30 mins and under to downtown

&& - drivable distance to downtown (30mins – 45mins range)

&&& - close to our maximum driving distance, which is 60 mins max from downtown

 

Acreage Number Five

Price tag: $$$

Location: &&&

Land size: 20 acres

Notes:  I found this property the moment it popped up online.  We booked an appointment with our realtor to see it right away (the price seemed very fair for the area, so we expected kind of a fixer-upper).   We found out that the sale was due to a divorce and the husband would likely be on the property.  And he was very angry that it was for sale.  He would only allow one showing a day. 

The angry husband was not present so that was a relief.  The house was a 70s build and looked nice on the outside.  The inside was disgusting.  It smelled like cat poop and had clearly not been vacuumed or dusted since it was built.  GROSS.  But good bones, so I tried to see past how icky it was in there. 

When we were in the living room we started hearing an echo on our voices.  I flipped up a blanket on the couch and we were being video RECORDED.  Like video/sound recorded with a tiny hidden camera in the bookshelf.  I was so mad.  That’s super creepy.  I was like, let’s leave now… but my husband convinced me to see the land.

Bird and homeowner are supervising you closely



The land was spectacular.  There was about 20 treed/fenced acres with a beautiful barn.

Ok… I guess I can handle that.  We strongly considered making an offer but hummed and hawed a bit as we knew it would be difficult for banks to finance over 10 acres.  In the end the second couple and third couple who saw it got into a bidding war over it.  
This property is now sold.



 

Acreage Number Six

Price tag: $$$

Location: &&&

Land Size: 10 acres

Notes: This house was so boring I can barely think about it without falling asleep.  It was 10 acres but was a long skinny piece of land, so the house was super close to three neighbors (like as close as houses in town).  The trees were incredibly dense and would have to be cleared for horses.  It just wasn’t for me.  Also I felt it was like 100,000 over-priced. So yeah no.

This house is still currently for sale.

My feelings on this property expressed by Spartacus


 



Acreage Number Seven “aka The Fun House”

Price tag: $$

Location: &&&+

Land Size: 6.5 acres

I was so freakin pumped to look at this place.  My husband’s main complaint about the little log house I liked was that it was too small, he didn’t mind doing work on a house but we needed more than 1000 sqft.  So I found this giant place (that was a little out of our preferred driving distance) but looked perfect in every other way.

When we pulled up there was a gigantic shop and I was sure he would be keen on it too.

Husband for scale



The inside of the house was not so good unfortunately.  It had an utterly bizarre floor plan and the floors were incredibly uneven (it was therefore dubbed “the fun house”).  I really wanedt to like it but the wonky floors and horrible floor plan were deal breakers. 

Is this the carpet from The Shining?



This house is still currently for sale. 





 

Acreage Number Eight

Price tag: $$$

Location: &&&

Land size: 4.8 acres

Notes:  We just tacked this one on after our showing of the “fun house” because it was like 1 km away.  I didn’t think the landsize would work and there were no photos inside (HELLO RED FLAG).

 

But surprise… the inside of the house was awesome!  Double attached garage and huge shop too.  We just couldn’t decide if we could make the landsize work for us because of the way the property was set up.  It was not fenced or set up at all for horses. 


#decent


This house was added to our maybe pile and we thought about having another look when we had more time (my husband was heading out to a camping trip so we couldn’t spend very long there).

 



Acreage Number Nine “aka My Heart House”

Price tag: $$

Location: &&

Land size: 10 acres

Notes:  I was OVER THE MOON when I saw this listing.  It was set up perfectly for horses and the house was adorable.  It had a huge quonset divided in half, one side was shop and the other side had two box stalls. I dragged my husband to see at 9am on a Saturday. 

 

I was home. 

<3



I had been really good about being more of a “bad cop” type on the other acreages we’d looked at (they mostly sucked so it wasn’t that hard).  When the realtor asked if we liked this place I honestly said this:

“I love it so much I want to live here forever, and then die here, and then be buried here.”

So yeah.  I guess you can tell that I liked it.

My husband thought it was OK haha.  He thought the house was a bit small (true) and the drive sucked.  He was more a fan of Acreage Number 8 (which was almost entirely on pavement and was more stylish and updated inside).

 


 


 

We decided to bring my parents out to give us their opinions on Acreage 8 & 9.

I figured they would side with my husband and be keener on Acreage 8, but they didn’t like it as much.  There was an addition the owner had done and they noticed some uneven spots, the owner was present for both viewings (which is legit awkward) and claimed to have nothing in the way of permits for the addition which is no bueno.

My parents thought Acreage 9, my heart house, was quite far away but did like the horse set up. 




They gave us some good notes and things to think about.

My husband and I talked about it and decided to make an offer on Acreage 9.  It would be conditional on the sale of our condo (which we didn’t think they would like).  Our offer was not accepted due to the condo sale condition.  But they encouraged us to come back again when it sold.  I checked every day when I got to work that the listing was still up.

And last week it was gone.  My heart house sold for 1000 dollars more than our offer.  What you are hearing right now is sound of my heart shattering.  It was dumb to get so attached to a house but I did.

 

 



We don’t have a whole lot of other options within our pricepoint/location/landsize restrictions.  So we will just have to wait.  There are three judicial sale/foreclosures that are for sale at the moment that we may explore further.  

If someone would buy the condo soon that would be swell.

 

23 comments:

  1. Fingers crossed for the condo selling and finding the perfect place. Shopping for a place to live is so hard, and I totally get the being attached to a place before you get it. I was terrified that our offer wouldn't be accepted on the new place and would have been crushed if we hadn't of gotten lucky.

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    1. Thanks for the crossed fingers! I am really kicking myself for getting so attached. But there will be more :)

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  2. Sorry you missed out on the house you wanted 😔

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  3. Oh, that's tough. (and the video guy...I would be SO mad. I wouldn't buy it even if it was perfect just because I wouldn't want to give him my money!) Fingers crossed your condo sells soon and the right place comes along!

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    1. The video things was the creepiest (and also made me very angry). Thanks for the crossed fingers :)

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  4. Ugh, that's such a disappointment. I generally think these things happen for a reason though, so I'm hoping something even more perfect will come along soon for you. And also that the condo sells asap!

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    1. I had a legit adult tantrum about it tbh haha! But I agree, the perfect place is right around the corner :)

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  5. Fingers crossed and well wishes for selling the condo soon. I think it's a good idea to keep it on the market and not take it off because you never know when someone will be looking for just what you have and be a perfect match. In the meantime keep looking. It took us a very long time to find our farm but I guess the timing was right and it just worked out. Hang in there and don't make any rash decisions.

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    1. Thanks for the crossed fingers and well wishes! We will leave it on as long as we can, unfortunately with having dogs it can be really tricky to take them out for showings if it's very cold. Can't exactly walk them for an hour in that weather or drive around in the car for an hour (one of my pups get car sick haha). Hopefully the right person shows up soon :)

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  6. I'm sorry you didn't get the house you wanted. That really sucks. I hope your condo sells soon.

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    1. Thanks, I hope the condo moves on to it's new family soon too!

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  7. House hunting (or acreage hunting, in your case) is the worst. HGTV is a terrible liar to make it look enjoyable. You have my complete sympathy. My husband and I have been house hunting for about four months now and we are in the same boat finding a whole lot of nothing. At least we've never been video recorded! What an unbelievably creepy thing to do. I will keep my fingers and all other crossables crossed for you!

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    1. Yeah I think I had it built up in my mind too (even without the lies from HGTV)! I thought it would be fun and there would be so many options... hahah not so much. I thought the video recording was insane! Thanks for the crossed fingers :)

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  8. Hi Kate. Just got caught up in all your recent posts. The whole Apollo/sour at home thing...maybe he is super attached to a pasture mate or just barn sour, miles on the poneh is prob the best fix. I hate that RK destroyed Apollo's faith in people for a bit. Also really sad for you about heart house. I sometimes get attached to things quickly, too. Just know that things will ultimately be ok and you will find your forever farm (and you'll be happy #9 didn't work out after all). My fingers are crossed for you. Stay positive and hang in there :)

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    1. Hello! Definitely need to put some miles on the big pony, I'm frustrated that RK didn't accomplish what I'd hoped :( Thanks, I will hang in there :)

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  9. Wow what an enormous bummer :( :( I hope another perfect home comes your way soon AFTER your condo sells.

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    1. Such a bummer :( Thanks I hope so too! :)

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  10. Ugh that's rough! I hope something right comes up at the right time, and doesn't have a bunch of hidden problems like ours did. It seems like horse or potential horse properties definitely attract a crazy layer of ownership... we met some major characters and have heard some really weird shit from the new neighbors.

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    1. I hope something shows up soon, even if the condo sold tomorrow I'd have nowhere to live haha! I definitely agree on the horse property owners being sort of "interesting" :P

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  11. Ugh, such a bummer!! Hopefully the right one comes up and your condo sells, like, yesterday. And wow that is CREEPY about the video recorder!

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    1. SO creepy about the video recorder D: ! Yeah I sure hope the condo sells soon :)

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  12. Aww, reading the end of the post I was really hoping it was going to result in an exciting purchase! I do find an attitude of "if it didn't work out, it wasn't meant to be" is useful, if nothing else it helps combat all the "what ifs". I hope you find an even better place soon!

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