Universe is saying “NO!!!!!”

All right, I’m listening–stop hitting me over the head with the bricks. It’s not our time to buy a house, so says the universe. I don’t believe in fate, per se, but still, I’ll take the hint. It’s not our time to buy a house–embrace it, let go of the stress, focus on something else. 

Here’s what I take away from the whole process:

  • When a builder gives you a price for building on your lot–expect it to be $100K more before you get to the contract signing step.
  • When you ask a pool company for a price on a $40-50K pool on your new lot that hasn’t been cleared–expect them to tell you that the pool may cost $80-90K.
  • You can’t really afford a lot close to town. If you can afford the lot, you can’t really build a nice house on it right next to the $100K houses.

I do feel a little sad…but moving on is good too. So, that being said, this blog is clearly misnamed for my future blogging efforts. Because while the house is not going to be built, I’ve enjoyed the blogging and want to continue. So, I’m going to move back to the blog I created last year. Join me there! 

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I like this “mind map” of a dilemma. I feel aggravated at WordPress for not having a theme that I like. I feel annoyed at myself for changing themes every other month. And then I feel irritated that the “free” themes want to be “paid” themes–in that when you select them and want to change, for example, the background color–that will be a custom fee, please. Why? Why can’t I have a free theme with colors, and menus, and widgets, and change the colors when I want to and change the way that posts look if I feel like it.
This is why people leave wordpress.com–where everything is oh so simple–and host their own sites using wordpress.org. It sounds like a lot of work. It sounds like an awesome, customizable site. Don’t I spend enough of my time on the computer already? Sigh…what to do?

Third time (yes, even tho John keeps saying it’s the 4th time) a charm?

So, you’ve heard about the Uptmore debacle…you’ve heard about Ryland’s inability to build our house (tho apparently they are QUITE able to cash our check–still waiting on the money to get back to us). I may have briefly mentioned that Sitterle was considered in Triana, but they determined that we would have to have 12 (!) stairs from the garage into the house on the only lot where they could build the one-story. So that’s kind of like 3a.

Enter 3b. Sitterle does build on your lot…Nicole said she would send our info to Brooke and Kirk, who handle that part of the business. Initial email from Brooke is promising–they have a base price for the floorplan (gasp!), they can make changes, of course, and she provides a spec sheet of what features go in the house (gasp again!). I mean, a price right away? I can know what’s included? It’s like a dream come true!

Do you like how I worked a Disneyworld picture into the blog? 😉

So, Paula, our intrepid realtor (Paula, I would put your webpage here if you would only send me a link!), got a list of lots for us to review. We picked out a few and met her on Saturday to view them. The first lot a rerun, we had looked at it before. It sloped quite a bit. Onward, we went to one up in the ridge where the previous lot was located. It looked better, not too much slope but there appeared to be drainage in the front. We walked next door to talk to the neighbors about putting their pool in, whether they had gas, how they liked the neighborhood, etc. After a little while of chatting, they mentioned that the lot across the street might be up for sale. The owner lived on the other side of it and had asked the neighbors about buying it. See, see what you can gain by chatting with people and being nice? 🙂

So we trotted on over to the owner’s house–it was hot and we were very warm when we arrived. We knocked and his wife (we suspected and now know) opened the door. She got much happier when she heard we were interested in the lot and gave John her husband’s information!

We looked at some other lots after that, but really none were as nice as that one. Paula and I especially liked the one next to a house with a sign that said “Family Visitor Center”…it was scary. I wish I had taken a picture for this blog! Then there was the one that was a huge gully with a tiny flat-ish area. It had a huge spider web–with what looked like a brown recluse to me!

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As you’ll see later–that was just a teeny, tiny spider! 😉

We met with Brooke that week, she suggested an alternate floor plan and said we could view it out in boofoo Egypt (better known as 281 North of 1604). So, the next weekend, we first met with the lot owner so he could show us around…or at least into the lot. It’s very densely vegetated. We tramped around in our jeans and long sleeved shirts (me anyway) and were hot…but it did look like a nice lot with oak trees in the back and lots of wildflowers and trees.

Then we drove off to look at the model–which turned into a long drawn out thing as the person who “manned” the house was out. We spent an hour or so getting the feel of the layout, including the changes Brooke had suggested and measuring a few things. We definitely liked the floor plan–very open and roomy. And that utility room! I’m not sure what’s going in there, but it’s huge!

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…dun dun dun. John met the builder out at the lot and they checked it out for putting the house on it–all seems good. Then, they both saw this sight and pulled out their phones to take a picture. Apparently they should have taken a video.

Seriously?

Ryland, Seriously?

I know, that’s just what I was feeling. Bitstrips is so nice for that! 😀 Yes, that’s me–or as close to me as you can get in the Bitstrip world. I’m sure you’re wondering why Ryland? Weren’t we not building with them? Weren’t they returning our check and not proceeding with the contract because they didn’t want to build the house? Yes, yes, you’re right. That’s exactly where we stood–until John checked the bank and guess what? Yes, you guessed right, Ryland cashed our check. Imagine his annoyance at finding this out…and then calling the Ryland sales lady and she knows nothing about. Imagine still further that he called back a couple of days later and left a message and she didn’t call him back. Have you seen angry John? 😉 Not many people have!

So, he called her again today and this is the really unbelievable part. I mean, I know there is confusion at big companies sometimes and things happen that aren’t supposed to happen. One hopes they straighten them out and apologize. What is not expected is when they call you back and say, well wouldn’t you rather just go ahead and build with us anyway? Then that whole silly cash checking thing wouldn’t be a problem anymore. No Ryland, we do not want to build with you…we are broken up, move on!