Friday, January 28, 2011

House off the market

After I had my house on the market for over a year with a Realtor who lives in my neighborhood and never got any offers, I put my house on the market with this "Move Up" realtor. All of the builder who work with him said he does what he says he is going to do. He told me he could sell my house in 45 days. He had a professional stager come in and took professional pictures. I did get a few showings and one offer. The offer was from some investor who offered me 50% of my asking price. Apparenly, he was doing that to all houses in my neighborhood looking for the one seller who was despirate. The day I took my house off the market a Realtor called and was like, "My client LOVES your house and really wants to see it. I told them I was done and they house was off the market. I explained that after a year and a half and dropping the price of my house to less than I paid for it, I was tired and ready to just keep it and refinance it. I had held of refinancing this house because my realtor told me not to. Can you imagine all the money I would have saved if I refinanced earlier? This realtor called my realtor and I agreed to one last showing. We cleaned for 2 days straight. The people came and left. I got feedback from these people who basically told me they were going with another house. I have a feeling they decided to peek at mine and compare it to some of the other houses that were repos to see which was the better deal.

I am glad we are off the market. My oldest son reminded me that he graduates from High School in 5 years. Amazing how time flies. I guess I can hang loose for a little while. I plan to install a sprinkler system and do some upgrades, like a tile backsplash and replace the sink in the 1/2 bath downstairs. I would love to install solar but do not think my HOA is going to allow me. I will probably have to end up getting my attorney to contact their attorney and hash it out. I told my current realtor that if he sees the market change to let me know that I could go back on the market in a moments notice.

New Years Resolution

I turn 40 this years and I have decided that I finally going to start working out more frequently that I have been as of late. I dumped my Gold's Gym Membership after Gold's told me they were upping their membership fees and they were going to start doing a bi-weekly debt. They also said they spent 17 million on renovations. They apparently spent 17 million on renovations; but, I have yet to see any changes. My membership had been $25 and ended up at almost $40. The closest location that was open 24 hours was William Canon and Mopac. After I get home, why would want to drive back into Austin to work out?

Planet Fitness had a deal where it was no money to join and $20 a month. They are 24 hours a day Monday through Thursday. They do close early on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is a no frills gym that has free tanning and free massage chairs. You can also get half price drinks at their gym, which are a little cheaper than connivence store prices. I joined up and started on the track to a healthier lifestyle. My first gold is to drop 30 pounds. The second goal is to run a 5k. There are your typical cast of characters that you normally find at any gym, The "Lollygagger", the guy who sits on a machine and looks like he is going to use it and waste time looking around. The "I have two more sets guy", the guy who is working at a machine and is doing sets. He might walk away for a few minutes, but do not dare grab his machine away from him. He will run over and remind you he has a few more sets and can not be bothered. You can forget trying to work in with either one of those characters. They will remind you that, "They got their first." There are big yellow signs with the rules at this gym. I have seen a few folks answer their cell phone while working out. Now who is calling that it is so important for you to answer your phone and talk to them the whole time you are working out, especially when you now that cellphones are not allowed on the gym floor. These people are the same people who will answer their phones in the bathroom and have a conversation.

I guess I can not complain too much. The gym membership is inexpensive. I just put my head phones on and do my workout. We will see how this gym thing goes. I can already feel my clothes fitting much better.