May 13, 2011 7 Comments
So we’re in the game! We officially made our first offer on a house yesterday; er, well sort of. Our real estate agent made a verbal offer yesterday morning, and we’re still waiting to hear back (I know, I know–can you stand the suspense?!). We offered much lower than their asking price, so we have no idea how they’re going to respond. They might flat out reject us, but we’ll see. So enough of the boring stuff, do you want to see what’s behind Door #1?!
Well first, some background slash filler:
- Location: Snyder (a neighborhood of Amherst, NY)
- Square Footage: 2,087
- 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms
- Lot size: 0.22 acres
- Built in 1950
- Two-car Detached Garage
- Asking Price: $209,900
- Our Initial Offer: $173,500
Why such a low offer? Well, I’ll just let the pictures do the
talking blogging on that one:
Upon entering, the living room is immediately to the right (the front entrance is just outside the left side of this picture):
I love, love, love the dining room door that leads to the sunroom–it’s one of those half doors where you can open either just the top or bottom!
The sunroom just outside the dining room . . .
The kitchen!! Why hello blue formica, knotty pine, and faux brick linoleum . . .
Our plan would be to tear down this wall so the kitchen is entirely open to the dining room . . .
Can you tell that the Mr. is loving this kitchen?! He said the fruit tchotchkes stay or no deal!
The office, which is 4 steps down from the other living spaces. Mmmm . . . more knotty pine goodness in here:
The door to the carport from the office:
The first of three bedrooms . . . I love the bench seat all along the back wall:
And I especially love the creepy doll!
The one disturbing thing about this house was that it was clearly owned by someone over 85, and yet there were a lot of scary kid things. Okay, maybe there was more than just one disturbing thing about this house . . . like the broken crib and creepy piano in the master bedroom:
But the master was huge, and even had a walk-in closet and its own bathroom!
Gotta love the asbestos tile in the master bath, huh?
The second bedroom (any idea what’s hiding under the covers?):
The full bathroom in all it’s blue and pink glory (of course, then I guess we’re covered if we have either boy or girl mini bunches someday . . . )
This bathroom has a separate tub and standing shower:
Did any of you notice the best feature of that bath?! That’s right: a carpeted floor! Ugh–I think I just gagged.
And last but not least, the scary
That’s our agent, by the way. There weren’t any lights in the basement, so he was using his iPhone flashlight app (or something crazy like that–c’mon, you know how crazy those Apple people are) to try to illuminate the space. Note, again, the asbestos tile, but also the concrete around the edges is new drain tile that they put in . . . which probably means there was a drainage problem down there, but maybe it’s been fixed? Who knows–all we know is if we get to the point of an accepted offer, we might have ten separate inspections done before we go forward.
Now, some of you might still be wondering why we offered almost $37,000 below the asking price . . . you might love the dated wallpaper, water stains, matted shag carpet, knotty pine kitchen, frosted ceiling, 1950s oven, blue and pink tiled bathroom, asbestos tile, rotted windows . . . wait a sec–why do we want to buy this house again?! ;) Nah–we’re excited because it has good bones, a great floor plan (once we make some modifications), and a really rad carport! Plus, as a bonus, it’s located in the school district with the best elementary school in all of Western New York: Smallwood Elementary (which should make many of you happy since that seems to be how you all voted in our poll).
And the neighborhood has sidewalks!
Okay, so maybe you can’t see them in that picture, but trust me: they’re there. And it even comes with a furry friend:
So everyone keep your fingers (and even toes) crossed for us . . . and hope Door #1 doesn’t end up with a ZONK!
So let us know what you think–either leave a comment on this post or take our poll: