Real Estate 101

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  • Real Estate 101

    Looking for the perfect piece of real estate was harder than I thought it would be. During the weeks we were house hunting, we saw the good, the bad and the ugly. I learned some of the special real estate lingo that is pretty close to the secret languag…

  • Love at first sight

    This penthouse was supposed to be our new paradise. It had a sunny front porch for cool winter days, a loft, very interesting floorplan and a gorgeous water view from the lanai. It was advertised as being in excellent condition.

  • "Excellent condition"

    We fell instantly in love with this place - until we looked in the bathroom. A $10 showerhead and a rusty light (why would someone have a light directly in the shower anyway?) made us realize that we had already ignored the torn window screen above the…


  • "Sold as is"

    This phrase usually makes you think about a million of things that need to be fixed and a place that`s definitely not ready to move in. We found out that this is not always the case. This place was very clean and well taken care of. The owner was a ver…

  • RED!

    ... and when I say red, I mean RED! I love red - but would I want to live in it? I don`t think so ... I like to paint, but this truly would be a job for a professional. After all I was going to move because I don`t want to stand on ladders anymore!…

  • "Tenant occupied"

    This phrase scares me a bit because usually a tenant does not take care of a place as good as the owner would. Also, some tenants might not want to move out, but try everything possible to make you not want the place. Nevertheless we went to have a look…


  • Occupied ...

    "Tenant occupied" - and occupied it was! At the door we were greeted by a huge dog who fortunately was very friendly but followed us everywhere. There was light in the shower and wet towels on the floor, the bedroom door was closed. I was expecting to se…

  • The "private stairwell"

    Rapunzel would have loved it! :) I however had to think about someone sneaking up there and showing up on my lanai out of the blue, looking directly in the master bedroom! We would not be allowed to put a wrough iron door at the entrance, because a…

  • "A boater`s dream"

    And it was! Isn`t that view just perfect? :) There was a freshwater dock for every condo, with river access through a boat lift - very desirable and a good property value in this area here! As you can see, we had a gorgeous view from the lanai righ…


  • The boat lift, 1 of 3

    The next day we went to the place on the premises where the freshwater was closest to the river, and there it was: The boat lift! This fork lift was supposed to pick up the boats from the freshwater where our dock was, drive a short distance over the l…

  • The boat lift, 2 of 3

    Real estate lingo: "A boater`s dream" To us the boat lift looked, uhm, a bit rusty - and then we saw the sign ... (to be continued)

  • The boat lift, 3 of 3

    Real estate lingo: "A boater`s dream" This sign was posted the day after we had signed the contract to purchase the condo - and with this discovery the "boater`s dream" had turned into a "boater`s nightmare"! When we received the financial statemen…


  • Convenience is the word!

    Real esatate lingo: "Walking distance to shops and restaurants." This subdivision was build in 2001. I knew the area, and as mentioned in the listings it is indeed "close to beaches" and "adjacent to a nature preserve". There was supposed to be a "wond…

  • Closeup

    I am not surprised if you haven't seen what I also only noticed on the previous MLS picture after we actually went to the place - have a closer look! So we went out to the place, a "gated community". We had to drive through a pretty impressive entrance…

  • Walking distance

    Real estate lingo: "Convenience is the word!" Adjacent to the subdivision was a brand new huge shopping center which had been built 2 years after the houses. Now we could see the back side of the privacy wall we had noticed before: If you walked around t…


  • Paradise found :-)

    All went well, we now own our new little paradise and are very happy with it! :-) For years to come, it will sure be fun to look back at all our real estate adventures!

  • City Council, golf club discussion

    Who said I did anything wrong???

  • Citizen's input time

    Members of the "friends of wildlife" were addressing city council with their concerns about the burrowing owls living on the golf course.


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