[audio-pals] Re: Older Houses

  • From: Thomas McMahan <shadowmonstrosity@xxxxxxx>
  • To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 03:34:11 -0500

Wouldn’t worry about a house on market for 5 months.  Most around here are on a 
year or so.  To many deals fall through each time that happens that just adds 
more time that the house is sitting there.  Age, is only a problem if the house 
hasn’t been kept up and modernized over the years.  There are people who prefer 
older houses simply because they are more solid.  The house I live in was 
placed here in 1922.  Yes it came from somewhere else.  The house next door is 
older and was also brought in here from another place too.  Fairly common in a 
town that springs up by a railroad.  I wouldn’t worry so much about that as 
apposed to how it’s fundamentally built, there are a lot of newer places that 
are likely to give you just as much trouble if not more.  

Any house is going to have ongoing mantainence of some kind.  Sided house are 
nice but siding fades over the years for example and eventually would need 
replacing.  Wooden houses have their things that have to be done, and so would 
brick, but brick is the best option as far as I’m concerned accept maybe when a 
big earthquake comes, then I would favor a wooden house, but what are the 
chances of that huh?  

I don’t know the market down there anymore so don’t know if that is a low ball 
figure on that house or not, but I can tell you it is larger than mine is and 
mine is two stories, but so is it’s price too.  

Go through it with a fine tooth comb with the idea of what has to be fixed now, 
and then in the next 5 years and what would be ongoing over the years, I don’t 
think for the long term ongoing it will be much different than a 10 year old 
house verses the 60 year old house, but agin it is a matter of what would 
immediately have to be worked on.  When was the house last occupied too?  A 
house that hasn’t been occupied for a good while can have problems such as 
drainage because they haven’t been flushed etc.  It sounds like you already 
have someone with you who knows how to examine a foundation well and give you 
an idea of what would have to be done and when which is good.  Same with tuck 
pointing brick etc.  

It may be sitting on market because folks think it’s to high also, but you are 
going to drop in a price and they will take it or leave it, or you both the 
buyer and seller will eventually come up with something in the middle, or the 
seller is going to have an empty house on their hands.  

What heating and cooling does it have, and when was it installed too that is a 
factor, a 30 year old furnace is getting kind of old in this part of the world, 
but most of our furnaces are gas and they do have to work pretty hard for a 
good part of the year.  Does it have any chimnies, and where do they run 
through the house.  Ones that run through centers of houses on the surface are 
nice, but when they have to be worked on they are a lot more work.  Of course 
where you live a lot of homes are electric heat and electric water heat, which 
is another thing to add to your check list, how old is the water heater and 
when will you be replacing that.  A brand new house obviously you would get to 
wait a while before doing that, but chances are you would have to do it 
eventually, or have your price knocked down when you are selling it, or when 
your descendants are selling it.  But that goes with any house again.  

What neighborhood is it in?  How accessible is it to you.  Pretend Amanda had 
to leave town for a Month and start your math, what is easy to get to via 
walking etc.  Maybe that isn’t a problem for you at this moment, but life can 
always hand you changes, and well, next thing you know, you are walking to the 
grocery store if you know what I mean.  

Find out what their highest bills were for each utility in the last year it was 
occupied if you can, you need that in planning a general budget.  I don’t know 
your property tax situation anymore, but here they just give an estimate from 
the seller, but the problem is, that if the sell lived in the house for a long 
time you might get a little surprise when the annual taxes come.  Our’s wasn’t 
a surprise because the previous owner hadn’t lived or owned the house for to 

So it becomes also a matter of do you get a house that you won’t have to do any 
work or as little work as possible on, verses one that may have to have some 
work done, or one that is a fixer upper.  We bought a fixer upper, but when we 
bought it was a seller’s market, it definitely isn’t that nowadays, so we went 
for a house we knew we could likely get.  Well the trade off is that it’s 
needed work done on it and still does actually, but likely we would at least 
get some money back when we sell it.  Maybe not a lot but probably some when 
all is said and done, and of course the sell of this place could be the lverage 
to getting a better place.  It’s probably what you parents did, if not them 
then your grand parents did, that is more the normal thing in history.  Well up 
until recently where you have people who expect to buy a brand new house that 
is larger than what their parents owned as their first house.  Well if it can 
be swung, go for it, but to me it’s a little unrealistic, well to my income 
level it is *lol*.  

What appliances are already there, and how quickly do you think you will be 
having to replace say: stove, washer, or more of a bear dishwasher?  What about 
cabinetry etc, is Amanda happy with that, having that done can also be 
expensive unless you have someone who works with you to give you a break.  How 
much stuff will you guys do on your own for modifications verses having to hire 
outsiders.  So yes the advantage of a new place is that you won’t have to do 
that, but I guarantee you will pay up front for that, but that is why newer 
houses don’t stay on market long.  

So then it falls back to degree of work and mantainence that has to be done.  
> On Mar 11, 2015, at 9:41 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello,
>   We are finding tons of older houses that we absolutely love. When I say 
> older I am talking 1950’s. I am struggling with this a bit though because I 
> am looking ahead, past when I am living there. Or rather to the point that I 
> am ready to not live there anymore. So, when I get to the point of not 
> wanting to live there anymore it could be 10, 20, 30 or more years down the 
> road, but I am sure there will come a time that I am ready to move on. If 
> this is not the case and I stay there until I die then it is not a concern, 
> However, a 1950 house that I live in for 20 years will then be 85 years old. 
> I know the specific house that we are looking at has been on the market for 
> right about 5 months. So, what do you all think, do you think I would have 
> trouble selling an 85 year old home? It is on the market for 5 months at the 
> age of 65 years old. It is right about 112,000.00 right now without 
> negotiating a lower price. Do you think I would be able to get my money back? 
> If it is not a major concern, the age of the house, then I will not let it 
> sway my decision, but taking into consideration that it is an all brick 
> rancher with over 1700 sq. ft. and it is almost 100,000.00 and still on the 
> market concerns me regardless how beautiful the house seems right now.        

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