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Old 11-15-2011, 08:46 PM   #61
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Congratulations Ha! Somethings are just worth fighting for. As a realtor, I once had a closing fall apart at the eleventh hour over a set of crummy dishes. The place was sold as furnished and at the last minute the seller decided she wanted a set of dishes so she took them. The buyer had a fit. Offered to buy her a new set of dishes. No way! She wanted THOSE dishes and the seller refused to give them up. They both walked away from the closing table. The broker told the seller he would sue for performance. He knew he wouldn't win that one but the seller and buyer were locking horns. Luckily, we resold it a week later.
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:11 AM   #62
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The real estate market is very interesting, and clearly full of intense personal feelings. I will be kind of hard up for drama after we close.

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I know what you're talking about. When we (me, DW, our realtor, seller, seller's realtor) were negotiating in the conference room at the realtor's office, DW and owner(another woman) got into a tizzy and had to be put in separate rooms.
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The real estate market is very interesting, and clearly full of intense personal feelings. I will be kind of hard up for drama after we close.

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It seems that way, even in the best of times. Sometimes the issues are not even about price. I have seen situations where the previous owner got to an acceptable price but wanted to remain in the house longer (because of their pending purchase or house being built)... and get hung up on hoping the purchaser would wait. But the purchasers is often selling too... domino effect.


It is worth what someone will pay at the time. That can work for you or against you.


But... did you get a steal? Yeah I know... you paid a fair market driven price. But are you thrilled with the new digs and the price you paid?
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But... did you get a steal? Yeah I know... you paid a fair market driven price. But are you thrilled with the new digs and the price you paid?
I think I will have to live there for a while before I can answer this personal part. The neighborhood is more urban than my current one, and the street is noisier. OTOH the apartment is quite a bit bigger, and in some ways nicer though it is from a more recent era and lacks some "charm" relative to the old brick building I live in now.

Financially, I would not buy it as a cash flow proposition. It was renting @ $1300/mo. My known and estimated cash costs plus a hypothetical 100% 30 year loan at 4.25% give a modest positive cash flow, without any vacancy factor.

It has been a long while since this sort of proposition was available around here. But nevertheless, the proposition on the face of it is less than thrilling. Where it will win over time, if it does, is by avoiding what may be fairly steep rent increases. What counts most heavily with mid-market rents in these neighborhoods is not overall employment, but tech and other large company overall employment and new hires of young people, which have remained pretty good in spite of a fairly high overall unemployment rate in Seattle.

There is also good inmigration of this same demographic. Primary grade enrollment in Seattle schools is up the last 3 years, after a long period of decline. A demographer hired by the school district puts this to dislocations in the mortgage and housing markets, which have at least temporarily ended the longstanding tendency of young adults to live in mostly rented housing in the city, then buy a house and move to the suburbs when they have children. That they are doing less of this than before is a fact, as many suburban districts are showing early grade head count losses, while Seattle is gaining. What is not certain in my view is why. Maybe more people have decided that the city has some advantages, even with children.

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