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>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 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----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Linda Adams Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2007 3:03 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 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 > > > > > > > > >____________________________________________________________________________________ > Shape Yahoo! in your own image. Join our Network Research Panel today! >> > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list > of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. 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