[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Owning a home

Hi, Cindy. I'm sorry about your appliances. When I moved into my condo, the people who had moved out timed it just right for them. Every single appliance in the place went out within the first year. I also had to do remodeling because there were hornets in the sun room. I can certainly relate to appliance woes.


Linda Adams

----- Original Message ----- From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 12:57 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Owning a home


It sounds wonderful to me!! And if you have any
problems, inside or out, the management is responsible
for fixing it. I, and I think E, forgot to mention
that it you have a home you have to buy, sometimes,
washer and dryer and refrigerator, stove, etc., though
sometimes the owners will leave them. And then replace
them when they break down. My husband saved us money
by fixing the washer and dryer and oven himself on
several occasions, but now all have broken down to the
point that they have to be replaced. Hopefully the
fridge won't, but it's making strange noises
sometimes. And our air-conditioning/heating unit also
has to be replaced.

Cindy

--- Lora <loravara@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Linda,

Oh, that must have been scary.  I'm very glad
everything turned out all
right.

You are right that apartment or community living
offers security that a
house does not.  Though I do remember coming out of
the shower one morning
and I heard some guys fiddling with my bedroom
window.  I knew they were
guys because they were talking fairly loudly,
obviously under the impression
that I wasn't home.  At that point, I just yelled,
"Hey, what do you think
you're doing?" and they went away, but it did
unnerve me.  You would think
that my neighbors would have noticed, but it was the
middle of the day, and
most were probably at work.  Normally, I would have
been, too.

One of the "problems" with this new apartment, if
you can call it that, is
that it has many amenities both inside and outside:
central air
conditioning, a washer and dryer in the unit, an
electric fireplace, two
full bathrooms, a balcony ... Outside it has a
swimming pool, sauna, hot
tub, exercise room and business center.  I' not sure
yet, as I won't move in
until Saturday, but it's possible I'll be very
comfortable there, and not
want to move for quite some time.


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2007 3:03 PM
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Owning a home

Hi, Laura.  I live in a condo that has an entrance
that leads into a hallway
before I get to my door.  This is wonderful because
neighbors are right
across the hall and beside me if I need anything.  I
once lived in an
apartment with a private entrance in Houston, and it
got broken into
twice--once while I was home and once while I was
not.  On the occasion when
I hadn't been home, I walked in the door and opened
the hall closet to hang
up my jacket, and a man jumped out of the closet at
me!  Luckily he was
looking for a former tenant there, but I vowed never
to live in a place with
a private entrance again.  With private entrances,
neighbors are unaware of
what is happening at other people's doors and are
not as easily accessible.

Also, every bit of outside maintenance is taken care
of for me from
landscaping to shoveling snow to replacing screens
on high windows.  I only
have the responsibility of everything inside my own
condo.  The fees can get
expensive, but it is worth it.

Linda Adams

----- Original Message -----
From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2007 1:48 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: Owning a home


> I've been trying to stay out of this, but it's
> becoming harder and harder.
>
> Lora, you seem to have made the emotional decision
to
> own a home, and there are some advntages, of
course:
> you have hav a yard and a large dog and tax and
> interest deductions, and if you enjoy gardening,
you
> can garden--and you don't have to worry about
making
> too much noise for your neighbors, or your
neighbors'
> noise, depending on how close together houses are
> where you decide to live.
>
> But as I read E's posts, I think of all the
reasons
> for not owning a house--the constant upkeep, both
> financial and, if one does it oneself, effort.
We're
> lucky that my husband likes to and is cable of
fixing
> a lot of things, both inside and outside the
house,
> himself. But it seems as if it's constant. I've
lived
> both in apartments and houses, and I personally
prefer
> the former, because if something goes wrong I can
call
> the landlord. Also, as a single person, I felt a
sense
> of security in an apartment--a relatively small
> building, so one didn't worry about a lot of
> strangers, but if something happened there were
> neighbors easily at hand. I remember one time,
before
> I was married, that my roommate and I had a fight
in a
> nearby apartment and we banged on the door and
called
> the police and protected the woman.
>
> With children, having a home is an advantage, as
they
> have more room to play and one doesn't have to
worry
> about the noise--though we did have to be sure not
to
> let them out to play in the yard before 9, because
our
> neighbors wanted to sleep. Now, at night, since
our
> dining room, where we watch tv, is opposite our
other
> neighbor's new bedroom (they rebuilt the house),
we
> have to close the windows after 9. And on the
other
> side of the house, when I work at the computer
with my
> bedroom wndow open, I "enjoy" the Chinese soap
operas
> and music coming from that neighbor's house. And
we
> live in an area where 3 to 5 foot side space is
> required between houses (depending on when the
house
> was built).
>
> Your daughter, as I recall, is about to move to
> Hawaii? so you don't have children. There are
condo
> communities  where you can have a home rather than
an
> apartment and where the greenery is taken care of
and
> paid for by the condo fees. Depending on your age,
> there are retirement communities; my brother and
> sister-in-law are renting a wonderful house in
such a
> place, as did my dad. And the communities,
retirement
> or not, have, I believe, lists of people who are
> approved to make repairs if you need them. It's
> something to consider when the time comes. Maybe
by
> that time you'll be old enough for a retirement
> community--some have an age as young as 55. There
is
> security and lots of activities and good
> transportation, usually, and of course you can
> continue working--and without worrying about the
> security of your home while you're gone.
>
> Just my thoughts.
>
> Cindy
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

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