Tag: real estate


be gone, flowering bushes!

What is that?  A duck blind? Apparently, just before you die, your bushes start eating your windows. Aha!  It’s a residence! Tame that bush, little shaver!  1-800-TAME-HER. There’s much left to do to the outside, such as painting, re-landscaping, replanting the grass, fixing cracks in the driveway, and replacing whatever […]

Law, Neighborhood


I try to categorize bad news as either:  1) a problem or 2) an expense.  If it’s just the latter, I can bust my ass, file a bunch of lawsuits, and make the issue go away.  But if it’s the former (or if the expense is…say…$20,000 or so), great weeping […]


it is finished! sort of.

I just finished closing on the house we’ve pursued for the past several months.  It took 3.5 hours.  There were the 6 amendments to compile and review from the past two months.  There was the fact that the roofer has yet to be paid.  And someone forgot to get a […]


you probably have it pretty good

I’ve spent the past several months, and particularly the past several days, extraordinarily frustrated with the process of trying to find, and then close on, a new home.  NPR told me this morning that as real estate prices are down 20% in Atlanta from where they were last year, new […]


the great house hunt of 2011

Ever since we moved out of our small, 3-bedroom bungalow to a cramped, 4-bedroom ranch a few miles north, we’ve been looking for what our 5-year-old calls our “forever house” (in contrast to our current “in-between house”).  I thought this would be a fun process, given the real estate dystopia […]

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