We just signed an offer to move the SandCastle. Alas this property does not include the safe door in the previous post. That one was under contract before I tripped across it so it was effectively off the market. but now.. though I wasn't looking to move and now we've signed an offer.
*sigh* This offer is likely only the opening salvo of a very long process... We are a long ways and a lot of work from laying head on pillow there.
Interesting... we are considering a move to a smaller house but on a larger property because the SCSon is soon to be moving on... The sellers are looking to move to a smaller property with a larger house because they have two small boys (I'd guess 4 & 7).
The property is missing a huge "need": a garage. It has a carport but I need to be able to take a car apart, close the door and leave everything without worrying about security. There is room both on the property and budget to add one pronto. And since we are building rather than buying, it _will_ be big enough to be considered a shop... And I'm thinking a climate controlled "reloading room" would be in order.
We are looking forward to jettisoning the HOA for a slice of freedom! Wanna park in the yard? The "back 40" is currently unused. And I can put it and the boat under a "tent-garage" to keep the sun off. Personally I'm looking forward to putting up an Antenna mast.
Update 01Feb: They countered (We expected that). [Is the opening offer ever accepted?] The counter offer price is lower but still waaay high. At this point, I'm not sure I even want to counter. Poking around on Zillow, I found another property (bigger both in land & square footage, newer, already has a garage and at an asking price around where we will end up at buying & upgrading this place, but without any of the hassle of doing the upgrades our self. It would be a turn key deal.
I'm inclined to walk away or counter with a price lower than our original offer based on what I saw tonight. This property has been on the market for several months. It's far from perfect and right on the borderline of "workable" and "bulldoze" and build the house we want. The only advantage is "closer to work". But is the difference between a 3 mile commute and 5 mile commute significant? I bet most worker bees would figuratively kill for a 5 mile commute!
Also, we are under no pressure to move. We can afford to wait for the right deal. I don't think this is it.
Update 13Feb2016 Seller sprung for an appraisal out side of a signed offer. Closer to our number but I still think even our number was high. We are walking away.