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post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
...but I'm not as bummed as I thought I was going to be! Because of the real estate market around here, there are a LOT of homes for rent (vs. when we moved 2 1/2 years ago).

We found a real estate agent already, and he sent up a list of places. We've got a bunch we want to see!

This one is on 6 acres, with a barn, a pond, a patio, and a storage shed! It is ONE MILE from where we live now AND it is less rent!

This one would make our drive into the city about another 20 minutes longer - but it is on a private lake with a dock and a deck! It's in a wooded area up against State land - so even though it doesn't have a lot property, it might have the privacy we love. It's about the same size as ours - and it is a lot less rent!

...and this one is on a cul-de-sac (don't know the property size) - but has a fully finished basement with office (!), new hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, a skylight - and central air! It's a little bit more than we pay now - but we struggle with this, so what's another $100?

We're going on Friday to look at places.

post #2 of 32
Those are all really nice places! I hope you find something that suits you! Good luck in the house hunt!
post #3 of 32
All three look promising, Laurie. Good luck with your search for the perfect place.
post #4 of 32
Thread Starter 
Just in case others didn't see the wildlife thread at our current home, this is where we live now. We built the RV pad because the landlord wasn't "ever" going to put the house up for sale.... We do have the option to buy, but we can't afford what he's asking - and he's asking way too much for this market. Whatever. We love it here, and we were so shocked and bummed. But given that we're going to have to move, I'm excited that there are lots of prospects.

post #5 of 32
Wow! Those are gorgeous!

No matter which house you choose, you can rest assured that you have chosen the house with the most feral cats frequenting it!
post #6 of 32
Wow, those look like great places!

And your house your renting now- WOW! I'd love to rent a place like that!

Best of luck, Laurie!
post #7 of 32
Wow that house you are renting is AWESOME!!
post #8 of 32
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Originally Posted by babyharley View Post
Wow, those look like great places!

And your house your renting now- WOW! I'd love to rent a place like that!

Best of luck, Laurie!
I know. It's basically our dream home. And we LOVE being on the dead end road!!!!!!!! Too bad the owner isn't being more realistic. Wouldn't it be funny if we moved, and in nine months the house is still sitting on the market, so he brings the price down to a more realistic level and we end up buying the place we're in now?
post #9 of 32
It looks like you have alot of nice houses to choose from for renting.
Maybe you could do some research on home prices similar to the one you are renting and counteroffer???
post #10 of 32
Those places are beauties!!
post #11 of 32
Out of the prospective houses, I like the third one the best. It's all nice and shady. However, I have to say, I like the house you are living in now, the best.
post #12 of 32
WOW that is a really nice house you rent, I like the ones you are looking at too.

Happy house hunting!
post #13 of 32
I LOVE the house you are in. Since your landlord is being unrealistic, I'd make him a fair offer to be valid for x months (if one can do it that way), go move and when reality sets in perhaps he'll take it.
post #14 of 32
Laurie i love the house your in at the moment, and the other 3 are also lovely, but out of the 3 pictures the first one caught my eye straight away
post #15 of 32
What wonderful properties you have to choose from! I like the one with the lake best. Imagine the privacy! Sounds fantastic.
Good luck on Friday.
post #16 of 32
I like the first two! Both sound like great properties
post #17 of 32
Thread Starter 
I am excited to go looking - I have to say, we both love the idea of being on a lake.

But we do love this place SO much.

We have been going back and forth with our landlord. In fact, he had us chat with his banker. Even the banker thinks he's being completely unrealistic as to the value of the house and property. Landlord is willing to have an assessment done, so while we look for a new place, we are going to have that done and see what happens. His problem is that what he's asking is what he needs (he wants to purchase and develop another property).

Of course - I forgot to mention that the reason we found this place is because he'd had it on the market for two years and couldn't rent or sell it! We just happened along when he finally decided to get more realistic about the rent he was willing to charge. So this guy has a history of taking his time about getting real.

post #18 of 32
I love all three places, but I hope you can make it work at the place you currently rent!
post #19 of 32
Laurie, I remember when you first moved into the house you're living in now, and I was sooooo jealous! Maybe you could make a reasonable offer on the house but keep looking at other places in the meantime.
post #20 of 32
Originally Posted by LDG View Post
I have to say, we both love the idea of being on a lake.
The house we bought last year is on a lake and it is VERY nice. We have less property, but with a lake behind you, it doesn't feel that we gave anything up. And if you get a water loving dog, they will love you for life every time they splash into that lake.

I like the looks of the first 2 houses personally. It's a shame your landlord can't face the reality of the marketplace.
post #21 of 32
What beautiful (and enormous!!!) houses!!! Talking to my Dad who lives in Ft Myers, Fl., property across the water is such good value - the prices over here are soaring ridiculously!!!! We live in a tiny three bed new build, mid mews house (see below) which is in a lovely quiet area, but the prices are stupid - it is currently valued about £190,000!! I think we have paid for the nice area, but we (ME, DH, three big lanky teenagers and 3 moggies) have truly outgrown it, and now have to face the prospect of moving somewhere not so nice, just to have more room!!

My little pocket palace!!

God luck in your search - hope you strike it lucky and find the perfect place
post #22 of 32
4badcats - what a lovely house!! I hope you will find one that you do like as much, that is larger.
post #23 of 32
wow, all those properties look brill, you´ll have to do us a tour of each one so we can see whats going on inside too

You know Laurie, your landlord might just realise what a he´s being and you never know it might just all fall into place for you and you can stay put !!
But I am also a great believer in ' as one door closes, another one opens' which fits perfectly when house-hunting !

Good Luck and keep us posted
post #24 of 32
Thread Starter 
4badcats - what a beautiful home!

Well - most of the homes were on pretty small properties and there was just no way to have the RV there with us. If we found "the perfect place" without the property, we'd consider putting her in storage.

One of the homes on the lake the owner decided they didn't want the cats, so we didn't even see it. The other home on the lake was surrounded by other houses, and didn't even have any place near it to part the car.

The first picture - the large white house with garage - was a lovely home. But it was painted pea soup green with red carpets with that green and a mustard yellow pattern - and the upstairs was painted mustard yellow. We just can't live with that - but the owners don't want to paint or recarpet. Also, they really want to sell the home, not keep it as a rental property, so that's just jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

The last picture - the shady one - is GORGEOUS inside. It's all wood, with that "swiss chalet" beam thing going on, and just gorgeous details everywhere. It's open and huge, with fireplaces on two floors - the bottom floor opens out onto a gorgeous patio. The upstairs opens out to a huge screened porch - so the kitties could get out to lots of fresh air. The property is on a hill, and has steps down to a huge and gorgeous deck. But there's no place for the RV, and it has neighbors on top of it and like 10 feet away. There's just no privacy. I don't know how people do it. I just don't feel like having my windows open if my next door neighbor can look straight in! We were so torn. But it has almost NO closets. So we decided to nix it.

We saw a bunch more places - most of them just depressing.

We saw one place about a mile from our home. It's up the backroads from here, not the main roads, so it's in the middle of gorgeous farm country. It's a ranch home, so we'd lose the stairs (which the kitties love). And when we drove up to it - I thought UGH. I can't live there. It's some old, yellow brick ranch thing.

The property is large - 6 acres. But right at the front of the driveway is a HUGE shed. It is rented to people with a landscaping service, and they keep their equipment in there. Right across from that is some crappy old barn that belongs to the neighbors, who are right on the road beyond that.

However - the driveway does keep going back another 100 yards or so until you get to the house. There's no garage - which is SUCH a luxury (in Northern NJ with the cold and the ice and the snow.....). BUT if we parked the RV lengthwise in the first part of the circle driveway, it would completely block our view of the equipment shed. And if we talked to our current landlord about taking all the tall privacy bushey things we planted here - we could plant them along the fence, and totally block out the view of the neighbor's ugly home and part of the crappy barn.

We can have someone use that high pressure spray to clean the outside of the house. It'd still be yellow brick - but it wouldn't be dirty.

AND - it's horrible inside. I mean from the standpoint of carpet and OLD ratty kitchen - which is teeney. NOT an eat in kitchen.

BUT - out the back? Is nothing but woods interspersed with fields - and the view is amazing. It's not the kind of home (like this one) that you drive up to and your heart just jumps because it's so wonderful. But once you walk in the front door, your heart jumps - because it's floor to ceiling windows with just no one and no homes out back there.

The real estate agent has worked with this landlord for years, and the guy owns it for an investment (rental) property. He no longer owes a mortgage on it, so he can be kind of flexible in terms of investing in the house.

So the real estate agent thinks the guy might be willing to put in new cabinets and flooring in the kitchen. (It is small - sorry - I didn't take pics). AND he thinks he may be willing to recarpet the place. He did put in new heating and central air just two years ago, because he was having trouble renting it back then.

The real estate agent is going to set up a meeting between us and the potential new landlord next week. We're going to have him over here. This way he can see the gorgeous floors (wood), the HUGE, beautiful kitchen - and, as the real estate agent put it, get a dose of reality about what renters expect. Right now the property has been empty since October, so RE dude thinks he may really be willing to do this.

Plus, if he comes over here, we can show him all the stuff we did here to improve the place - even though we were renting. And "smelling" our house will reassure him about the cats - which he's marginally OK with.

So.... we'll see. I like the idea of living in the same neighborhood. I was pretty much completely depressed last night. Especially when we drove up to the house after being out looking all day. But it was just the first day of looking. We'll just have to be willing to expand the search of where we're willing to live.

Thanks for all the good thoughts. I'm trying to stay positive. "Everything happens for a reason, even if we don't understand it at the time..."

post #25 of 32
Thread Starter 
I know - I blather on.

BUT - we found some more houses to see (and sorry, posting here is therapeutic!)

This house we are REALLY interested in!

Two shots from inside - I'm not in love with the red carpet, but it may just be the one room and so it wouldn't cost too much to change:

We're also hopeful about this one - not so gorgeous from outside:

But pretty gorgeous inside:

Then finally there's this one:

It looks tiny inside, but light and cute, and there's just the two of us:

Just keeping our hopes up!

post #26 of 32
Wow, Laurie, that 3rd one would be perfect for John & I! I wish there were wonderful houses like that around here to rent for resonable pricing!!
LOVE the inside of the 2nd one- gorgeous!!
post #27 of 32
Originally Posted by babyharley View Post
Wow, Laurie, that 3rd one would be perfect for John & I! I wish there were wonderful houses like that around here to rent for resonable pricing!!
LOVE the inside of the 2nd one- gorgeous!!
I agree!! Housing is sky high almost everywhere you go. At least here on the west coast. I vote for the 3rd house... love it!! The second is nice too, love all wood floors, but especially love number 3!.
post #28 of 32
I LOVE that third house...it's adorable!
post #29 of 32
ooo thanks for posting inside photos too those houses are certainly in lovely areas ! my kits would love it, I wouldnt see them for days

The 3rd house looks just the place for me ! I know what you mean about 'size' but as you say theres just the two of you and remember someones got to clean BIG houses YAK !!
post #30 of 32
Wow! THose houses are great! I LOVE #'s one and two especially - a lake and a dock - how special!
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