Posts Tagged ‘homeowners’


    Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

    Somebody call HGTV because I think I found my calling: Home Decorator.

    It’s been almost a year since I began my search for the perfect pieces to style my home — think of it like the tale of Goldilocks, except that this Goldilocks carried a wallet.

    Aside from the one time I scalded myself on a bowl of porridge too hot, I’d say the other bowls — the ones in the pretty kitchen within the fabulous house — are just right.

    Since last time I …

    Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    • drank too many margaritas at my bachelorette party.
    • damned the creep who dented my parked car.
    • married Benny Sheps.
    • bought a house.
    • hyphenated my last name.
    • ate just one helping of turkey.
    • thanked God I wasn’t living in the apartment anymore.
    • wiped water off the floor of a flooded kitchen.
    • warmed up in front of my fireplace twice.
    • drained water out of a flooding basement.
    • met three handymen.
    • experienced buyer’s remorse.
    • pored over Consumer Reports recommendations.
    • hugged my very own washer/dryer.
    • tightened up a leaky water faucet.
    • swooned over the water and ice dispenser in my new fridge.
    • shooed cats off kitchen countertops thrice.
    • grimaced over my appearance in wedding photos.
    • incessantly called myself fat.
    • stopped calling myself fat.
    • started working out.
    • cried twice.
    • laughed daily.

    Home is where the mortgage is

    Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

    I so badly want to own my own home.

    For the past year and a half, I’ve trawled through hundreds of property listings on the Internet. I’ve personally visited close to 70 houses and/or condos during that time too, becoming well-versed in ZIP codes, school districts, crime stats and architectural flaws.

    Despite developing expertise and building confidence, beneath the surface I’m still petrified by the responsibility of it all.

    It’s the same type of hesitance one might feel when, after a lifetime of dating, he begins to consider marriage. The commitment of forever, the responsibility of another and the risk of disillusionment could weigh too heavily on his mind, turning his feet cold.

    That’s what I’m experiencing: cold feet.

    Can I make good on my promise to love, honor and pay dearly for a property? Do I want the high-maintenance mortgage when my monthly rental keeps things simple? And, really, why should I buy the cow, when I can get the milk for cheap? Way cheap.

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