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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Houses Are Like Relationships...The "Bad Boy" House

DAY ONE!
The "Bad Boy" of Houses!


This is the house that you know is bad for you but you still lust after!

"It has great bones," you might say. "I could save this house."

Or "I can't help it, I've never felt this way about a house before" or "There is such great potential."

And my personal favorite, "It is meant to be!"


Get your big girl pants on and make the tough choices!


Otherwise, the Bad Boy House will take all of your time, money and energy.


There you'll be, waking up with a big, fat mortgage and maybe a few little second mortgages.


You'll wonder "How the @!#$%^&*! did I get here and why didn't I listen to my friends?"


MLS#2105461, $235,000




25 comments:

  1. Think of how envious all will be if I own this house! Months later, the novalty wears off and then you are stuck with a creeky, saggy old house that only shows you attention when it needs something...roof, mortor, windows, etc. One day it is your pride and joy and the next you are wondering if you could trade it in....the electrician you hire to fix the flickering lights tries to sell you a little cape cod on a quiet street..."how about I rent to own?"
    -Jen C

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  2. Thanks for linking up with us for #bloggypast. I've had this save me dream of a house before and I'm so glad I walked away!

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  3. Oh no...I'm in love. Forget the nay sayers...LOVE LOVE LOVE! Trick is...do one room at a time and take it right back to the bare bones.

    Sigh...keep dreaming, my husband likes NEW houses :(

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  4. HasoldhouselacksgumptionMarch 29, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    Kerry: I lived behind this house (on Prairie St.) for years, and had the same dream. You are clearly better equipped than I to actually take it on! Do it! The whole town will thank you. Think of all the blog material. Thanks for all the house fun. : )

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    1. You are a very bad influence! I would wind up in a straight jacket if we bought this house! There are so many gems in that neighborhood!

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  5. Holy Moly, I would not care if I had to live in one room of that beautiful home, or maybe even on the front porch, it would be mine, all mine, if I saw it for sale. I know what you mean about the work involved, but like another commenter said, one room at a time, all the way to the bones and fix that puppy up. It would take years, but what a labor of love. I live in a small old house and mine can't be done like that, not enough room to live AND tear the house apart. One more room and I might be able to do it, but not as it is. Hope someone loves that house before it deteriorates and falls down. That would be sad! Thanks for sharing, Kerry.

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  6. Let's see if we can get a tour!! I'll go with you! I was in this beauty once, very briefly, about 15 years ago. It pains me every day to see what's become of it. Maybe if you show some photos inside, someone's heart will bleed enough to let go of their purse strings... for good!

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    1. SHEILA! That is a great idea! I'll ask my agent! Is 215 a good time for you?

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    2. Yes! 2:15 on most Mon.-Thur. works for me. Sorry I didn't check back sooner! Catch me on the playground to let me know if you have a day in mind. :)

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  7. Haha- too funny! I want that house. I didn't win the mega millions but still want that house!

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    1. I'm mega-disappointed - I was so sure I was going to win!
      Thanks, Melissa!

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  8. Even after removing a 100 pound bee hive from the dining room ceiling and remodeling practically every surface in my 3000 square foot house, I have to admit that I got a little woozy when I saw this one!! Oh, oh, oh....another second mortgage because three inches of water are standing in the basement....sounds like the beginning of a good country song!! But think of all the paint samples you can amass!!!!

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  9. I could totally imagine this house's transformation along with the demise of my savings account!
    Thank you, Joyce.

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  10. I believe this house is haunted...tv special on ghosts featured this house on one of their shows. Ohhhh. Creepy

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    1. Reeeeeally? That is awesome. Where can I find that?

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  11. I think the one thing I'm really afraid of is foundation problems, although I guess some of them aren't fatal. I wonder what the condition of the inside is? Do you know Warren Buffet recently said his advice right now is to buy distressed houses, fix them, and rent them? I mean...if WARREN says...

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    1. I am willing to take on basic restoration/updating but foundation issues are deal breakers, huh?
      Thanks for popping by, Alicia!

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    1. Great minds think alike, huh?
      Thanks, Paula!

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  14. I think we might actually own a bad boy house, but I still love the one in the picture and dream of "fixing it" each time we visit the library.

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    1. I LOVE your house and all the ones around it! It looks like someone has taken this house on! Do you know the scoop??

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