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Old 02-24-2013, 05:59 PM
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As,I've been talking allot about lately me and the Chihuahuas and one little Yorkie are trying to buy a home!Its fun,but stressful too!
I DON'T KNOW WHICH SHOULD I CHOSE!
I'm kinda stuck on two houses right now!House one has already excepted my offer and in about a week or two we can close and do our inspections.House 2 we have to get it all rolling still.Both have fire places faux and real which i don't care too much for...both have nice yards and are already chain length fenced ,but I will privacy fence.

**HOUSE 1*** =3bd/1bath lot size 8,050 THE PICTURES DO IT NO JUSTICE at ALL!Heating and air is Forced (window units)NEEDS AC ASAP
**Whats GOOD about it**..2 blocks from the beautiful beach!I could ride a bike to the beach if I had one :P It Has brand new roof no water damage at all and is a CONCRETE Block home with plaster Paris walls!Pretty dang solid!It has TWO septic tanks. IT has a kitchen sink with a view to backyard with a peace Lilly ♥ small kitchen but nice size rooms! Same size bathroom as house 2 minus the fancy tub..Tile floored,nice yard if it don't flood again which I'm told it hasn't for years...pretty much only needs a central ac, and some cosmetic make over,but pretty nice and solid other wise.
**Whats BAD about it**Had flooded in 2005/2006 during hurricane charlie,But I don't know of not one house that did not suffer from hurricane charlie here in FL?this means high house insurance or no?special insurance?no central ac!could it flood again? don't want the chihuahuas to have to swim to use the bathroom or play outside!The house is really outdated inside.Weird closets,but huge..needs some inside paint.

***HOUSE 2**=3bd/1bath lot size 0.31 acres foundation piers??so is it wood? brick?what? basically its foundation does not sit on the ground kinda scary or no?...new vinyl siding,has newer roof,but had water damage to one of the spare room with faux fire place roof was replaced but the inside bedroom roof with water damage was never re-done(just a eye sore not too terribly bad,roof is firm,Stevens(my old man) cousin could fix easily and quick.It has a nice outside screened in patio all the inside and outside is updated.It is the same size as house 1 ,but has a slightly bigger yard. Decent size kitchen seems solid even though on piers?
**whats GOOD about it**HAS ICE COLD working great central AC,land never has flooded,in a great secluded area 15 minutes from beach,new roof,love the patio and yard♥ architecturally love the way the kitchen and rooms are laid out, apposed to the first house.Is beautiful enough to move in the way it is and keep it the way it is minus green bathroom color lolz...
***whats BAD***Encroachment of well and septic systems!!! WHAT THE?? I could only see that or backyard water hose (pipe from ground and spikit was in the neighbors VERY TINY LOT which only has a small aluminum shed on it with a window unit in it?2 canoes,a big dodge truck and a RV.Neighbors claim the man is not living in it only around on weekends?Basically looks like he is storing his stuff their? I would most likely try my hardest to buy the land back which was originally our land(the houses land)? It is a foundation of Piers?I have never lived in a trailer or house that was not concrete block on the ground?Has a manufactured,old antique house or like condo feel almost faux kinda hard to explain is it solid? how long could it last on PIERS??It has a Odd feeling to me when walking around it like a trailer or manufactured, old antique home like one of those ones you see big trucks moving down the highway u piece together?It does not move or anything inside when I walk floor looks and feels level..Basically the whole non concrete floors freaks me out as different. will I fall through? will it crumble down.It has concrete block on the outside that you can see a bit on the ground outside before the siding starts?besides the weird Encroachment of septic tank and well,possibly having to buy the very tiny piece of land BACK the previous owner sold to this man next to it and the whole living on PIERS??It is absolutely adorable.

Has anyone lived on a Piers foundation or had a encroachment of a septic or well?Are Piers bad, because once your foundation goes your house is DONE right doesn't it mean the house is wood if its on Piers? I don't know which one to chose now one that needs cosmetic overhauling and ac unit and even ducts or the one on Piers and a encroachment of the septic that has a beautiful inside all updated?
**House one pictures are all first and don't do it ANY justice AT ALL (red brick house)
**House two starts with the outside view (grey/blue siding)
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:10 PM
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So you have made an offer and it has been accepted on house 1. Did you put down earnest money? I believe that the seller can keep that if you decide you don't want to go through? You can't just decide you don't want it (buyers remorse) and get your earnest money back. Most likely when you made your offer, you signed a contract. It is legal and binding. I'd check on that earnest money.

I don't like the unknowns on the encroachment issues of house 2. That sounds like it could be a mess. I don't know anything about the pier foundation that it is set up on. Sounds like it doesn't feel real 'stable' when you walk around the house? Another reason you MUST have a thorough home inspection before buying either one.

Make sure the home inspection includes mold detection! If the houses were both in a hurricane and flooded and sounds like both have had water damage, that could be something that could be very very expensive to fix. Or dangerous to breathe.

As far as the buying process, make sure you have a contingency clause in the contract that your offer is contingent upon the house passing the inspection. Then get a reputable home inspector and really go over all the things that need to be fixed/re-done. In older homes, that could be significant. Especially if there is plumbing, electrical, or code violations. Also mold detection! You could really be in a mess if you don't get a thorough inspection before buying either of the houses.

Good luck! I know how stressful it is!
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ty <3,
We have to put the deposit down Monday,tomorrow.The contract we have allows a deposit for holding the house for 15 days to Insure If our inspector finds some information or damage we cant see we walk away free with our moneys or if we chose to back out for any reason we can within those 15 days.Still though 15 days really isn't too long ,which Is the standard time I guess says or realtor and realtor attorney.The pictures for the house(the first one)are horrible!I took some better ones,but haven't got time to upload them yet.The second one has that gorgeous fire place nice paint,little bigger yard,but I do agree it seems like allot of hassle buying a house that the septic could not even be in the yard!The Realtor is supposed to let us know Monday with information on it to see if it is just the outside hose in the neighbors yard or if its the actual whole or half of the septic system in the neighbors tiny land space and what kind of foundation is it on.With the second house what I think we like about it is its not needing much at all as far as the ac and interior being updated in all.The floors in the second home on Piers foundation is firm and stable not wobbly or anything just you can tell its not the typical block home.I'm not used to walking and feeling like their is space under me even if it is less than to about 2 feet or less (guessing lolz).Its just odd to me.It dose not have a crawl space so I'm pretty sure it is concrete filled piers foundation with blocks on the outside?Its a cute house,but the septic possibly being in neighbors yard turns us away from it and raises a eyebrow or two.
The first house we love the location,but hate the ac issues!It gets so hot here in Florida so it is a must and every house we have looked at its either ac problems or water damage in the way a few with septic issues.they all need something though.So we are defiantly putting the inspector to work .
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I live on the East Central Florida, I would rather buy house with air conditioner problems then septic problems. Much cheaper to fix an air conditioner. I like the looks of the first house better.
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I live on the East Central Florida, I would rather buy house with air conditioner problems then septic problems. Much cheaper to fix an air conditioner. I like the looks of the first house better.
Yes.

I'm from Florida, and my parents house in central Florida is on septic. Septic problems are much more of a hassle and much more expensive than AC problems. Central air can be installed, while it isn't cheap, it is much less of a fiasco than potential septic issues.

It also seems like the second house is not as stable (ie the foundation issue), which would concern me if another storm hits (which, all floridians know is a likelihood).

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I would definitely ask your realtor or realtor attorney about the deposit before putting it money down. My mom and step dad just went through selling their house. The first person that put the deposit (earnest money) decided they did not want the house because they found another home they liked better and my parents ended up being able to keep the $5000 that the person put down. The people were not happy about not getting their money back but it was in the contract that they signed.
I totally understand the air conditioning issues. We live in Texas and have been talking about finding a home to buy. My first requirement is central air conditioning because it gets 100 plus here so no central air means being miserable in the summer.
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I live on the East Central Florida, I would rather buy house with air conditioner problems then septic problems. Much cheaper to fix an air conditioner. I like the looks of the first house better.
ty me too!We have looked at many houses and we have decided 3 bed rooms and 1 bath will be sufficient. I'd like another bathroom but hey least our water wont be so high with only one.I have surgery in 6 months to a year to reconstruct my ankle and heel so we didn't want a place to big but big enough to be cozy.Its only me and my old man and the Chihuahuas and my lil Yorkie which are our only children our Fur children.
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