Monday, November 12, 2012

Been a few days.

It has been a few days since I have been able to take a breather and sit down to write a blog entry.

Even as I sit and type this, I don't really have the time. The kids are asleep, the laundry is folded, and I have been able to  work out a few more key items in regards to getting the deal on my home done.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend with Veterans Day and the observed Veterans Day holiday of Monday. I wonder sometimes if the commercialization of Veterans Day will be its downfall such as the groans from tired husbands on Valentine's Day or any other obligatory holiday where people give each other stuff. Not to say that all men hate holidays, I just happen to know many more that stress about holidays rather than enjoy them.

During the end of the week and over the weekend my realtor Ryan Ward was spending time going back and forth with our sellers and ensuring that I get the best deal possible on my coming home purchase.

We are at the stage in the process where the home inspection has been performed and we made a counter offer during our ten day option period based on the results of the inspection.

The home we have chosen to purchase was a project acquired by a custom home builder who wanted something to play with in his spare time and of course, make a buck. We are in America ladies and gentlemen, and everything has a bottom line.

Because a custom builder was the person doing the work to this 1959 classic American 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, the quality of materials being brought into the property are of very high standards and the labor performed is of a meticulous nature. Each and every detail necessary to keep the classic qualities which make this home desirable was kept, but updates bringing the interior to modern standards of efficiency and style were added.

Items such as high efficiency HVAC systems, low-e glass, energy star appliances, ceiling fans and travertine flooring are but a few of the modern enhancements to this property.

Walls were moved and space was created where unuseable spots existed previously. Wiring was restrung and bronzed fixtures were installed throughout the entire home, giving it a consistently warm feel.

At the end of today, Ryan called and we spoke about signing the latest amendment to our contract which fixes all of the small items that were brought up during the inspection. Thankfully, only a few, minor items were identified as deficient and the seller agreed to fix everything truly necessary.

Things like extra caulk in cracks or around edges of brick and mortar, proper size breakers installed, and a little beetle treatment are all easily fixed in just a few days. So I have no worries at all.

The next step in the process is to have the appraisal come back either even or above the dollar figure we offered. With a VA appraisal, the appraiser has ten days  to look at and report back about the property assigned. Our appraisal is due to be returned to us by Friday so we will be starting our weekend hopefully, with good news.

I will get into the appraisal process in my next entry, but for now, I will leave you all with this.

Armed Forces Day is to honor all active duty military personnel, Memorial Day is to honor those military members who gave their lives for our country, and Veterans Day is to honor all those who served once before.

Let us all not forget to think of all of these people when we go about our daily lives. To honor a Veteran, is as easy as shaking their hand. No formal words need be spoken. A heartfelt handshake and a smile can say so much, while speaking so softly.

There is never a wrong time to remember where our freedoms come from. Blood is spilt to protect our liberties. And it is all of our responsibilities, to remember it.

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