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Old 06-16-2017, 06:50 PM   #32481
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Serous response to "just buying something to stop paying rent until I can get the house I want."

Compare the expected rent paid over 3-5 years against mortgage payments - equity gained + taxes and insurance + loan origination costs + realtor commission + an allotment for maintenance.

When I did this math back in SoCal years ago, the break-even point was nearly 8 years. So I kept renting.

It often doesn't make sense to buy if you don't anticipate staying parked in that spot for quite a while.
I agree, but in OK, our real estate is so cheap, it changes the dynamic. I can buy a new HERS 58 home 3 bed 2 bath 2 car garage for what I pay in rent.

I know I'm going to be here for at least 4 years, so might as well. I miss my tools and having a garage.
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:58 PM   #32482
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I miss my tools and having a garage.
This I understand well. Been 4 years without.

Now I have a decent-sized garage, and virtually no tools. Everything fits into a single rollaround chest. No compressor, no drill press, no bandsaw, no chop saw, no welder... Just a craftsman socket set, a tiny jack, a few hand drills, an angle grinder, and some bicycle-specific stuff.

I pretty much finished the AutoCAD layout for this move, and I'm sad to report that I can no longer fit my whole life into a 16' Penske truck; gonna have to upgrade to the 22'. The new sofa and the non-inflatable mattress set pushed me over the edge.

The Queen mattress set.

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Old 06-16-2017, 08:53 PM   #32484
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While it's obviously too early to be certain, all indications are that this may actually become a thing.

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Old 06-17-2017, 12:13 PM   #32485
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson has always been a bad-***:



Always.
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They really do not want people feeding the pigeons beneath this freeway overpass:



I know that's my favorite thing to do on a warm spring evening. Hang out below the freeway by the L train exit and feed pigeons.
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:22 PM   #32489
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Also, this is how you know the humidity is too high. Boarding a CRJ at EWN yesterday:

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It begins:



(Much whiskey was consumed.)
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you know what we should make illegal?
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Re: electric lawn mower.

Love this one:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-80-V...ower/999929526

It's the lowe's branded greenworks mower. Also got the trimmer. We're on a smallish suburban plot, and although the mower comes with 2 batteries, we rarely deplete one of them mowing - it's a rapid charger too, you could probably charge one of the batteries in about the time it takes to drain the other one. I don't use the bag, and I leave the mulching cover in place so that it chops the grass instead of throwing it. It handles tall, tough, wet grass without complaining - a hell of a lot better than the gasser that came before it.

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Four hundred and fifty dollars!!!!

bruh, your grass aint the only green that's mulching.

Here's "my" mower. Three of us in the neighborhood share it. The first of the same model died. Total cost for two was $20 plus the cost of a new blade. We already had extension cords.



Child labor not included.
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Re: electric lawn mower.

Love this one:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-80-V...ower/999929526
That's one of two I'm looking at. Didn't realize it was made by Greenworks (the shape of the motor head is totally different,) but comparing side by side, most of the hardware does appear identical.

Leaning towards this unit, which has a 60v, 4ah battery:





$100 less, and nearly the same total battery capacity.




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Here's "my" mower. Three of us in the neighborhood share it. The first of the same model died. Total cost for two was $20 plus the cost of a new blade. We already had extension cords.
Back in 2002-04, I had a corded B&D. Really had no complaints about it, and never ran over the cord, but over the years I've learned that sometimes it's ok to spend a little more for the nicer things. Yes, the battery adds an element of uncertainty as to reliability / longevity, but there's a strong convenience factor to consider. Plus, my new place has only one exterior outlet, and it's by the front door. That's a lot of cable to lug around to get to the end of the back yard:

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WTF? Where the hell are the trees? Is this in the US or some unnamed African desert?
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WTF? Where the hell are the trees? Is this in the US or some unnamed African desert?
that was EXACTLY what I was thinking. I'm in a new neighborhood that was once a farm, and there's still plenty of trees. Damn.

At least there's a marina for his boat.

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WTF? Where the hell are the trees? Is this in the US or some unnamed African desert?
This is suburbia to the extreme. It's a new cookie-cutter HOA community which basically looks like it belongs in Edward Scissorhands.






Can't really tell the difference, can you?


Like I said, I'm only renting. Definitely would not buy here.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:11 PM   #32500
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This I understand well. Been 4 years without.

Yeah, as I walked downstairs yesterday to let my lady out of the building, I heard the front brakes of her smart car squealing. If I already had a house and my tools, no issue. Buy some pads, swap them out, done. And I'd be greeted to a home cooked meal when I was finished. Without said tools or space, I don't know what we are going to do, because I don't want her to pay for a shop to do something I can easily finish in less than 2 beers.
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