you glad you got rid of your Sticks and Bricks.
It's what Fulltime RVers
strive for.. No house to take care of or worry about. Retire...
hit the road and be free... Fulltime in an RV...
It's the new American dream.
To say Mow the Grass is
a dirty word. I agree to a point.
Now the rest of our story...
We went with that thought
for over 8 years... and still are fulltimers traveling most of the year
But last spring it seemed
to us it was time to look at winter seasonal properties in AZ. The
housing market dictated it... even a dumb shit like me could see that...
The right time to at least take a look. If not now... when... when values
rebound. All you have to do is go to Zillow.com
and look around at properties in any area you are thinking about.
As we found out it was the
correct thing for us as we found a bargain... a real bargain for sure.
Not underwater or foreclosed just a motivated seller and us ready buyers.
And with depressed property values. It all came together in two weeks for
a closing. The trick is... to say Yes Make it Happen and Do It.
2200 sq ft three section Palm Harbor house, 1250 sq ft all metal
shop/gar, on fenched 4 ac.
A little history on why I
think it can happen and fast if you want.
I believe I'm lucky in real
I bought my first house and
back when interest rates were about 14% in the late 70's. After
living in most every apartment complex in town friends liked to say (I
smoked then) when the ash trays were full I moved. The helping part slacked
off the more I moved, but I did it anyway... somehow. I made it worth
their while to help... as soon as they heard I was moving they know I would
be giving away things I didn't want to move. Anything I didn't want
to move I gave away. After all a new apart. needs new things. I furnished
many a friends apartments back then. After all the apartments... I bought
a small ranch with one stall attached garage by assuming a loan at 7% and
a $20K personal loan from my mom for a down payment.
Google street view
A cool place and party headquarters
as not many could afford a home back then at those interest rates. I had
a good job at the phone company... in the central office. Deals like that
were about the only ones being done at that time due to the high interest
rates. I did overpay for it to get that loan as I found out later at sale
Later this first house sold
on a Sunday night after the first open house at about midnight with back
and forth calls. How... I told the agent she had that one weekend to sell
it as she also was the agent on the next house I wanted to buy. If it didn't
sell, both deals were off. She got a double slam and loved it. All the
commissions went to her.
The second property which
I got from the same agent who made the first deal work sold that one the
first day listed, that night.
I job move to Des Moines
and my company paid the commissions.
A year or so later I heard
the U S Postal worker who bought it was shot to death on her route by a
Now the third house in Ankeny,
IA (suburb of Des Moines) did take OMG 8 months to sell in January 2004.
(So how many are still out there wishing they could sell anything these
days at any price.) I do feel for you ...
I had retired in January
2003 and we got it ready for sale and listed it that summer. We were
living in the new 5er in the back driveway. Needed to keep the house
looking good for showings.
We had a split foyer with
a three garage stalls under and a detached two stall out back for sale.
If you don't know... split foyer houses went out of favor and are not popular.
We bought it because it had so many garages. Terry wanted a property with
space for his hobbies.
We back then said we bought
5 garages with a house attached. It was built by the developer who lived
in it and we later found the street light on the corner worked out of our
box. Flip a switch and it was dark outside... Others did replace burnt
out light bulb for us though. When it went out an electrical contractor
neighbor would come bay with a boom truck and replace it. Never got
a bill, think they knew we were paying to keep it lit. We had to kept it
lit as the same switch powered our back garage. No street light no back
Don't remember ever telling
the new owner about that...
I found a picture of it...
Corner lot with a two car
detatched garage out back.
More about selling ... are
you still with me?
We were not going to stay
in IA for the winter as it was time to get out of town as it was already
November and our 5er sewer hose had frozen solid. So we left and
headed south without a sale. We did sell with a new realtor working for
us in January as in TX while we stayed warm. Made a small profit that we
think paid for the improvements, or if you will.. like a new roof and siding.
You may call them maintenance... I call them Improvements. The celebration
and relief was huge as I wasn't used to it taking so long to sell.
You can see from the above last house sale was beginning to make us think
we were mere mortals like everyone else who were trying to sell homes.
But we at last did it, and said over the years would we not want this home
owner thing ever again... You read that right no house ever again....
How do things change.
I took 8 years and look
at us know...
Now just so you don't think
that I'm pushing you back into a S&B...
Read On... Deals my
be great right now for seasonal winter properties BUT watch out you may
have to get back into that thing like painting... and OMG Mow
the Grass... but in our case only once or twice a year do you have
to mow... as this is Arizona after all.
Do need to get it knocked
down for the red flag fire season in late spring... that's about all.
Later the monsoon rain season kicks in and this whole place truns green.
Last fall when we returned (we were gone all summer and only had bought
this place in the spring) we were amazed at how high the green growth was.
As soon as the rain ends it turns brown again.
The perfect seasonal property...
Just shut off the water
at the road and be gone. We are at 4000 ft so it doesn't get that hot here
so no need to leave the electric on for AC. We have great neighbors who
are watching and we along whith them are at the end of a dead end private
road. Nobody gets here without being noticed.
But with any S&Bs even
a seasonal one you do need to... Stop here if it hurts to much to read
on... Do maintance... another of those OMG words... You may need
to paint once in awhile ... but this event should last for many years...
Don't Ya Think. This is I hope is the first and last time. After
all this place was built in 2004 and really didn't need paint that bad...
but being us we wanted to make it look top shelf.
Now for the pictures...
Terry doing his thing applying
the darker gray around the windows. Later need to do the white
trim around the windows.
He used his airless sprayer
to apply the main house lighter shade of gray paint. Notice the over spray
on the white window trim which will be done later. You do the main sections
while not worrying about over spay as you will be doing the trim later.
The main wall paint is done...
now for the gray and white trim...
We found a peach tree out
back and most of it was dead... so we trimmed it up a bit and will see
how it does.
It's trying... wont destroy
it, we like giving things a chance... good luck little peach tree...
So there you have it...
after years of us as fulltimers saying NEVER would we ever get back into
owning a S&Bs... But a how could we pass up this seasonal property.
And it is seasonal (a place to hang when not on the raod) Even in the winter
we head on over to Quartzsite for a month or two. Terry needs his Gem and
Mineral Club fix.
Why did we buy this property...
This is just one of the
reasons.. the view from the east back side looking southeast... where we
are going to build a big deck to take advantage of this view.
Terry fixed up the not finished
shed from the prior owner out back... It was just a shell, he did
the siding, windows, roof, and door. It had a cement floor and that
ws about it. Not an eyesore anymore. I like to say he now has a place to
go hide when I'm mad. The 5er is off limits, me thinks... Too Nice.
In the background on the rise is the movie set where many popular westerns
were shot including "Tombstone". Cool.
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