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Old 07-02-2009, 02:59 PM   #21
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:06 PM   #22
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What do property taxes run on a beauty like that?
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:38 PM   #23
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Beautiful house......sometimes luck finds you.........
Not really! Westernskies went out and spent quite a bit of effort in his quest. On the other hand, I am not interested in RE and spend more time looking for good stock buys. RE luck wouldn't find me.

Time will tell if either of us (or both) has made the right move.
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Sweet deal! DW and I would be happy to house sit it for ya when we take our winter vacations. Perhaps you'd care to try out our fine Pacific NW skiing while we soak up some Arizona sun
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:56 PM   #25
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Sweet deal! DW and I would be happy to house sit it for ya when we take our winter vacations. Perhaps you'd care to try out our fine Pacific NW skiing while we soak up some Arizona sun

We'll offer house, snowmobiles, ice-fishing equipment and 4wd vehicle. -40 is energizing. You may want to stay 3 months.
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We'll offer house, snowmobiles, ice-fishing equipment and 4wd vehicle. -40 is energizing. You may want to stay 3 months.
Wow! Such a generous offer! How will Westernskies be able to resist? Why don't you throw in free booze for the duration of stay? He's gonna need it to stay warm.

Hey, that's heating by ethanol, a clean alternative energy! Yes?
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further east- The Superstition Mountains
Superstition's ... wonderful .. absolutely stunning area you are in and I am very envious... if I go back to wickenburg can I stop by for a cocktail?

I only wished I could do what you are doing.. congrats and best wishes...
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Superstition's ... wonderful .. absolutely stunning area you are in and I am very envious... if I go back to wickenburg can I stop by for a cocktail?

I only wished I could do what you are doing.. congrats and best wishes...
Absolutely! - How about this weekend?-you can help us move in! We have to be out of our current house by Monday, and could use the help...

You know what they say about friends helping you move...

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2. Good friends will help you move twice
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What a difference a year makes-

We purchased this home at the end of June 2009. We put our existing home on the market in August and it sold in 34 days; the buyer wanted us out in ten days. We moved into this one unfinished, and have been living in and working around the renovations/repairs/construction/completion ever since.

We finally finished the house this month; got our final approval from the HOA a couple of weeks ago. It turned out to be a lot more work and quite a few more dollars than we initially thought. The day after we closed we received a long letter from the HOA outlining all the outstanding issues with the home, the landscaping, etc... Discovered a couple of weeks later that there was never a certificate of occupancy issued by the county... at one point our ever-evolving to-do list had over 200 items on it, we crossed the last one off last night...Some of the work was self inflicted (well, as long as we are doing this, we should go ahead and change this and this, too...) but most was fixing what was never completed/ and or removed by the builder.

We spent most of the last year dealing with the pool and landscaping contractors, negotiating design details with the HOA (they missed their legal disclosure window by two weeks ) and doing all lot of the interior completion and (re)work ourselves. We put in all the built-in appliances (existing spaces were of course, just barely the wrong size.) , installed new plumbing fixtures, missing light fixtures, electrical rewiring, drywall repairs, trim work, masonry, installed missing countertops, finished up the custom tile work, bath fixtures, door hardware, etc. and re-did some shoddy finish work (undoubtedly the builder lost interest toward the end.) We removed a set of leaking French doors, reworked the front courtyard, and added an extension on the paver driveway for guest parking. Put up 250' of wrought iron fence, replaced 4 missing gates, etc. Extensive landscaping was required; we added over 300 plants and trees, all on drip irrigation.

There is a silver lining... when we were finished the HOA refunded the builders completion bond to us... $XX,000, which almost exactly compensated us for what we overspent! What a windfall.

All in all we are really pleased with the result- time will tell if this is going to turn out to be a good investment. There are several comparable homes in the neighborhood listed at well over $1M; we are really hoping they get anywhere close to that... We'll need to stay here another year for capital gains issues, anyway.

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It's beautiful! I went back and looked at your first pictures and can't believe the difference.
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I was about to reply to this thread when I noticed it was a year old. Missed it last year I guess. Very nice indeed. Looks like a nice profit is in store for you. Two Nicklaus courses you say?
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I'll be over next week...............gonna cash in some frequest flyer miles and come see you. I have my miner's axe and hard hat with light ready for gold prospecting.........
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I'm coming over too, just bring the golf sticks though.
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Wow ! The results are absolutely stunning !
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:18 PM   #36
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It's a beautiful home with a gorgeous view! I LOVE it when someone gets a steal from the bank
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Wow! Looking at the before pics, and the finished result, it looks like you kept up that pre-closing pace for much of the past year. The results look great, though.

Congratulations!
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Wow - love the exterior and all the rock work. Love that southwest adobe look. Is that an ocotillo out front? Nice!

Now with a spectacular new place like this, why on earth are you envious of my humble abode?

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I don't know much about real estate, but I think that in 5 years if you don't make money on that house, we are all in heap of trouble.
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