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Old 05-31-2011, 02:18 PM   #21
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When we left our old place and moved into this property with the hopes of a quick flip I had just gone from a double garage to a single with more cars on hand and a tiny *** garage (my son also parks his 2 hot rods and tractor in it.. hes 2.5)

For the first year or so I cared. Then this past year I realized I was retarded to have more than 2 cars as even having a second at times is a waste. I sold 2 of my cars this past year and only have 2 left, life seems less complicated...

If you love and enjoy your car and it is your hobby, then I think you should really evaluate the house purchase / speed bumps. If you dont care about the car, wish it would blow up or be stolen every time you drive it and you wonder why you wasted your money and time on it, then buy the house and get rid of the car.

Neighbors, its so hit and miss. Even the nicest neighbors can still be artards. At this current place I feel they are everywhere and we dont bother anyone and they certainly dont care if we ask them to play nice. Luckily I generally dont give a **** about what anyone thinks and the only thing I concern myself with is being able to sleep and my **** not getting ruined.
If you love the car and want the house, get some resonators and perhaps a cut out? Quiet the car down for when in the hood and then full on when not?

As for the neighborhood be full of jewish people. Meh, big deal. I consider most my friends to be jews anyways and it aint all that bad.
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:49 PM   #22
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I wouldn't live a place like that. In addition to all the loud music, I have women coming and going at all hours of the night and I like to get drunk as **** playing yardgames.

Also, I can tell you from experience that living around a bunch of old people isn't my idea of "living." My parents have a neighbor who is suing a family down the street because their dog got loose and "terrorized" her. She's also had her son, who's an attorney (not of the high-powered sort obvi, lolz), write letters to all the neighbors explaining that no one is allowed on her yard and if any one else's property (basketball, dog ****, etc.) ends up on her yard, she's going to call the local PD and have you trespassed. Despite all this, she will walk her dog a measurable distance from the street and into someone's yard to let it ****. She doesn't do this in my yard because last time she tried, my parent's kitty attacked the dog.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:46 PM   #23
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I had to deal with this **** when I was younger and lived in my parents house. They live in a nice quiet gated community with a crapton of speedbumps and I had a loudasfuck lowered mustang. Most of the neighbors hated me even though I would be super quiet.

If the neighbors are dicks, then they'll be dicks to you no matter what. They'll look for reasons to be a dick to you. Try going around to a few of the neighbors houses and talking to them. Let them know whatsup with you and your hobby, assure them you'll be respectful and you won't have any problems.....unless of course they're dicks.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:31 PM   #24
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Try going around to a few of the neighbors houses and talking to them. Let them know whatsup with you and your hobby, assure them you'll be respectful and you won't have any problems.....unless of course they're dicks.
Meet and have discussions with as many neighbors as you possibly can before buying sounds like great advice. Figure out if you will enjoy dealing with them or not before it becomes painful/expensive. Knock on doors and introduce yourself and ask them about the neighborhood. See if they tell you to go get bent or not.
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That's what I was getting at. Glad we agree!
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:12 AM   #26
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FWIW, I watch the clock to know when I can drive my Miata (LS1 with glass packs). I don't start it outside the hours of 0800 and 2000 unless absolutely necessary. I've driven it to work a few times (leaving at 6AM) but I feel guilty and probably won't do it again until I do some exhaust work.
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:21 AM   #27
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My parents live in a country club in Jax, it's nice, but...

- the gate will get old, especially if it's the mail distribution point.
- gated community full of elderly Jews? I'll bet the HOA prohibits all kinds of things you'd want to do, namely work on your car in your own garage/driveway
- They have speed bumps? If you don't get that house (and IMO you shouldn't), let the realtor know that they are the reason you're not buying.

Despite the rules, my dad and I work on cars in the driveway/garage at their house all the time. Most of the neighbors don't care, but we have gotten a few letters from the HOA to stop. Meh. I even did my CRX's engine swap at their house. Besides the 3/4" I had to clearance the driver's side frame rail it didn't bother anyone so no one complained that time. The HOA does all kinds of other bullshit too, and most of the people on their street call them on it/laugh at them.

The reason I say to let the realtor know is because something similar happened there. There are no speedbumps, but once the HOA put a "Enter at your own risk" sign at the front of the neighborhood. It didn't fit with the community (very relaxed, gated, country club atmosphere) and scared away a few buyers before it was taken down.

I'll never live somewhere with a HOA and I would recommend that you don't either.
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Thanks for all the advice guys!

The car has been overheating so I haven't had a chance to meet the realtor and check the speed bump issue out.

We did ask her for the HOA rules and she sent us a link. I read the entire thing and thankfully its nothing too bad. Stuff that's almost common sense rather than "rules". It doesn't have anything in it regarding loud cars or working on them in the driveway, so that's good. They're more like "no more than one vehicle per household at the beach", "no excessive parking on the street", "no parking on the street during the winter months", etc etc.

To clear things up we're not buying the house, this would be another rental for us. I'd much rather put $1400 a month toward a mortgage, but she doesn't want to be rushed into buying a house. Whereas I don't want to throw money away every month when it could be going toward owning it. Right now we're not dead set on anything and I'm trying to convince her to wait until the end of the summer so we can save a bit more money and keep looking in the meantime.

Once I finish painting the building I'm working on I'll be 100% debt free and I'll have a good chunk left over to go toward a down payment. Right now I'm trying to get everything in order and figure out exactly what our best option is. I'd rather put all my money down toward a house, rather than keep it in the bank and rent for the next year or two. Plus I just heard on the news yesterday morning that houses are at a 9 year low.
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The housing market is in the toilet. Now is definitely the time to buy! Over the next couple years (3 max) the market will start to come back, slowly, and prices are gonna go back up.
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The housing market is in the toilet. Now is definitely the time to buy! Over the next couple years (3 max) the market will start to come back, slowly, and prices are gonna go back up.
I wouldn't buy a house with the expectation that the housing market is about to come back...it was massively inflated and desperately needed a devaluation. All the government money thrown at it will only delay the inevitable.

Now, I'm not saying not to buy a house...just that I wouldn't make my financial plans with the expectation of a rebounding housing market.
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Not buying a house does not mean that you are throwing money away for some of the very reasons you say that you worried about buying the house. I could afford a house right now but I feel that it is better for me to live in an apt.

1. In grad school. Takes to much of my time so the upkeep of the house would suffer. I can just dial the FO and have it fixed in a day.
2. I'm not paying as much in taxes, electricity, water, etc.
3. Got engaged about a month ago. Want time to choose where I live with the future wife.
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Thanks for all the advice guys!

The car has been overheating so I haven't had a chance to meet the realtor and check the speed bump issue out.

We did ask her for the HOA rules and she sent us a link. I read the entire thing and thankfully its nothing too bad. Stuff that's almost common sense rather than "rules". It doesn't have anything in it regarding loud cars or working on them in the driveway, so that's good. They're more like "no more than one vehicle per household at the beach", "no excessive parking on the street", "no parking on the street during the winter months", etc etc.

To clear things up we're not buying the house, this would be another rental for us. I'd much rather put $1400 a month toward a mortgage, but she doesn't want to be rushed into buying a house. Whereas I don't want to throw money away every month when it could be going toward owning it. Right now we're not dead set on anything and I'm trying to convince her to wait until the end of the summer so we can save a bit more money and keep looking in the meantime.

Once I finish painting the building I'm working on I'll be 100% debt free and I'll have a good chunk left over to go toward a down payment. Right now I'm trying to get everything in order and figure out exactly what our best option is. I'd rather put all my money down toward a house, rather than keep it in the bank and rent for the next year or two. Plus I just heard on the news yesterday morning that houses are at a 9 year low.
yo, move to Miami. lots of houses here for cheap, plus I live here so... you know...
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yo, move to Miami. lots of houses here for cheap, plus I live here so... you know...
Yeah, but you don't have full sized basements down there so that's a no go when you're in the concrete business. lol

I just met the realtor and took the miata through the community. No issues with the speed bumps and no dirty looks. Actually the kids must have just got out of school cause there was a shitload of them walking on the street and they all had that "OMGOMG" look on their face when I drove by. lol

We're going to sit down with her at 7:30 tonight and fill out all the paperwork. I'm not sure if I hope it goes through or not, but either way I'd be fine with it. Its the gf that's dead set on this place, not me. I like it and it'll work for us, but I'd rather wait until August and buy something. That's assuming things keep going well.
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We met the realtor and signed all the papers last night! I don't know if I'm hoping we don't get it and get to keep looking, or if we get it and can move in right away.

The guy is asking $1400 a month but the place could use some work. So I offered $1250 + interior/exterior painting, power washing & staining the deck, bathroom renovations, etc. He says he really prefers to sell it, but this way we'll have a place to stay for a year or two and when we move out it'll be cleaned up, updated and ready to sell.

I have my fingers crossed, but not too tight. lol
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