February 07, 2005

Be berry, berry, quiet!

We're hunting wabbits! We loaded our SUV with equipment, children and snacks for said children, picked up a trusty native guide, and set off in search of game. In short, we did some house hunting this weekend. It was both interesting and annoying.

First, to all you real estate brokers out there: Stop calling them homes. I supply the home, you supply the house. The house is what we are shopping, tentatively, for. We will put the home in the house. The house is merely the wrapper for the home.

Second, when asked a question about a negative aspect of the community. Don't over sell me. Don't say, "I can't deny that X is a problem", and then go right ahead and finesse it or deny it. That behavior just makes me suspicious. You see, I am trained to ask questions and listen carefully to the answers. That is a big part of what litigation is all about. Ask, listen, and test the answer against what you know or think you know or the common sense understanding you have of the rhythm of the transaction in order to pick up on discordant notes. So, when you elide an issue, Ms. Broker, it trips that spidey sense and makes me question your candor and listen more carefully. I don't particularly enjoy that.

Finally, house hunting is both exhilarating, mildly, and sobering, majorly. You can get more for your money if you move out of overpriced suburb close to NY City and move to overpriced suburb farther from NY City, but you need to spend more, too. It is kind of exhilarating to see all the new space and the greater amount of space and the amount of land and to imagine yourself living in it. It is sobering to realize how much money is required to do so. Other parts of the country have it better in this regard, there is no doubt. For instance, Fort Worth, Texas. I could buy a five bedroom house in Fort Worth for a lot less than what I am spending in the NY metropolitan area.

You know what? I think that someone, somewhere, knows I am thinking about selling my house. I've just spent the last 20 minutes on the phone and off the phone with the plumber, authorizing him to put in a new hot water heater in the house. The old one has just dumped a quarter inch of water in my basement. How come I couldn't get away with the old one for, say, another three or four months? Also, how come I never have a problem with this house under the four figure range? Huh? Why is that?

Frustration level with house: High.

I miss my apartment in the City. I really do. A nice superintendent. I was a more equal pig than others since I was the Vice President of the Co-op Board and always was attended to promptly. I sure do miss that. *sigh*

Posted by Random Penseur at February 7, 2005 10:38 AM

Been in your shoes RP. Hang in there!

Posted by: Wicked H at February 7, 2005 10:58 AM

Been there too. It's tough. I know you'll find what you need and want. Be patient. Keep being picky; the right house will appear! :-)

Posted by: Amber at February 7, 2005 01:52 PM

Are you saying that replacing a hot water heater cost you four figures? Yikes! Maybe you shouldn't call a local plumber. I'll bet a plumber from my area would gladly make the trip and do the job for less than half of that.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at February 7, 2005 09:14 PM

Thanks, y'all. Everything is a trade off, unless you have unlimited resources. We don't really have that. What the heck, life goes on!

Posted by: RP at February 8, 2005 09:57 AM

As a member of the legal community in Fort Worth (I work for the largest firm in the county and will finish law school in May), I say come on down!


Posted by: David at February 8, 2005 01:31 PM

Thanks, Dave! I'll let you know how things turn out in that regard. I suppose I'll know a little bit better tomorrow.

Posted by: RP at February 8, 2005 01:57 PM
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