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Got a house for sale?

10/04/2013 3:21 AM by

Got this email in overnight. Drop a line to Thomas at ttvick@gmail.com if you can help out…

My wife and I have really fallen in love with the area and its history over the past few months, and would greatly like to be a part of the community and its return to glory. To the point of why I am emailing you – Jeanne (my wife) and I made an offer on a house in the neighborhood back in July. Turns out it had a nasty unresolved reverse mortgage situation, and some structural issues that ended up, to our discontent, turning us away. Luckily, the house across the street was also for sale, and fit our needs perfectly.

Despite the fact that it was a short sale, we made an offer with the best of intentions. Fast-forwarding over three months, we have just heard from our real estate agent that the bank has denied the short sale. With positive sign after positive sign, we really became emotionally invested in this place – meeting the neighbors (folks in at least 5 surrounding houses), bringing our dog to play in the house’s back yard (it’s vacant but well-kept), walking the neighborhood at least twice a week, and even volunteering for Hogtoberfest this weekend. We want desperately to be a part of this community, but really seem to have struck out here in trying to find a place to live.

I check for new listings in the area every day, but thought that perhaps if someone was on the fence about moving, a note on CHPN declaring our interest might bring two parties together who might not manage to find one another otherwise. Is this something you would be interested in helping us with? If so, I will give a quick laundry list of our desires below:

  • Must be a single-family home (no condos/apartments).
  • Must be older (i.e. not a place built by a developer two years ago).
  • 2+BR, 1+BA (2BA preferred).
  • Must be within the area bound by 22nd/Broad/M St/Chimborazo Blvd or South of Broad
  • Must have a back yard of size suitable for a large dog.

We are both young architects, and would really prefer to buy in towards the lower end of the livable price spectrum (i.e. unrenovated) to allow us to put our own stamp on our first home. To put a number on things, we are generally looking in the $100-200k range, with location and condition weighing heavily on that amount. When we find the right place, we will be paying cash, and are prepared to make a deal immediately when the right opportunity prevents itself.


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