I've received several emails asking how the house hunting is going.
So, I thought I'd give everyone a little update.
The real estate market here in Jacksonville is tight. VERY tight! There is a low inventory of houses for sale and considering that our "target" area is quite small, the pickings are quite slim.
We sold our house in Orlando in a buyer's market and didn't get quite what we thought we would. We are now trying to buy in a seller's market and will probably have to SPEND more than we thought we would.
We have considered moving to some other areas, including going back to our hometown of Philadelphia, but the fact is . . . it would not be financially prudent. We like Jacksonville more than other areas of Florida. So, we are going to continue our seach here.
We have had two houses that we have made offers on. The first was a stunner (in more ways than one) and we bid on it before we even left the first showing.
We thought this house had it all . . . updated kitchen and baths, nice street,
right location and under cover parking for our two cars.
Sadly, it did not pass the house inspection.
It failed spectacularly . . . stunning by a whole different definition.
It was a case of bright red lipstick on a pig.
We were disappointed, but KNEW we did not have the skill,
nor the $$$ to set things right.
This is the second house we placed a bid on.
It still has curb appeal,
but the curb is further south in town than we really would like to be.
Inside is .............in a word ..........UNIQUE.
Some of the unique is good - the kitchen.
Some of the unique is .........in a word.........strange.
The bathrooms (2 of them) are not updated at all.
The house, in our opinion, is quite overpriced.
We like it.
We do not love it.
We made a low offer.
They countered higher than we wanted to go.
The great houses are selling within hours of being listed. The good houses go in a day or two. Time will tell if this is one of the "good" ones or if it will languish unsold for awhile. If it languishes we may re-offer.
I think we could make this house visually stunning inside, but it would take time and of course, $$$.
But, if they would come down to our first offer, I think we could make it work for us.
In the meantime, we keep looking.