Buying Trip; Day 2


(04/09/2017)  At 8:00 AM, I went to the Cracker Barrel to enjoy a country breakfast before meeting Doris Jean and her friend and fellow realtor, Elaine Edgar at the house on Valley View.  Priced at about $15,000 over my budget, Elaine felt confident that she could convince own owners to drop it by, at least, $10,000.  The interior of the home was in far better condition than one I viewed yesterday, however still needed A LOT of work!   One of the most appealing aspects is that it had an extremely spacious sunroom in the back of the house, with a glorious view of the woods.  The basement was a bit small, but the size of the sunroom certainly made up for it, and would have been a great location for my sewing and quilting studio.  The extremely small-sized kitchen was outdated, with cupboard doors falling off the hinges and “tired” delapidated mosaic tile on the walls.  The house had a lot of provincial charm, which I tend to gravitate toward, but with the unappealing driveway and the amount of work needed to make it more livable, I decided to mark it off my list!   With two houses down, and one more from my list to look at, I was beginning to feel that my trip to Cape was futile.

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The next house on my list was an adorable little place out in Jackson, with a Victorian exterior that truly played upon my heartstrings!  Beginning to feel a little bit more hope, I was pleased that both the interior and exterior of this home was in great condition and ready to move into.  The biggest drawback of this home was the small size of the rooms, especially the kitchen.  Mentally, I am prepared for the fact that I will be “downsizing” from what I had in Las Vegas; it’s what I want to keep my expenses down while living comfortably.  However, with the small portion of living space, I could easily find myself dissatisfied with my live within five years and wanting desperately to move.  In addition, this home is in Jackson, and I truly would rather reside in Cape Girardeau.  House # 3 is now “off” my list of possibilities, leaving me with NONE!   I told myself weeks ago that I refused to buy “just anything” in order to make my buying trip a success.  If I have to wait for a few months when there is more inventory that interests me on the market, I will do just that.  

Doris Jean encouraged me to keep my hopes high and assured me that I would find something that met me needs.  In her own research, she came upon a home on Cape Rock Dr. that she wanted me to see.  Knowing that it was priced far above my budget, she wanted me to see it just to get my response.  I agreed, and we called the owners for an appointment.  The house was a FSBO (for sale by owner), and did not appear in my searches on the MLS.  Doris Jean told me that the home was built in 1930.  As much as I love the idea of buying an old, historic home and renovating it, as a single woman I don’t think I would ever attempt such a task.  This home, however, had been completely renovated and modernized by the current owners was said to be flawless.  I think Doris Jean was more curious to tour it than I was.  

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By the time we completed touring this remarkable home, we confirmed that the rumors were true!   What a JEWEL!  The owner of this property had not only renovated every aspect of the house, bringing it’s foundation and structure up to date while maintaining its antiquity, he had built a state of the art, two story garage in the back yard providing storage for a car. and other outdoor pieces of equipment, and a sophisticated studio for his wife, a professional photographer, upstairs.  While walking around the grounds, a gorgeous, red fox scampered across the yard and into the woods!   This home was well worth every penny they were asking for it!  Unfortunately, it was about $50,000 over my budget and, regardless of its beauty, it did not meet one of my essential requirements — an attached garage.  Still, it was a treat to see this house and to appreciate the hard work, and pride, that this couple had put into it.


Feeling discouraged, I went back to my hotel and began combing the MLS  for listings that I may have overlooked.  I ran across a property that I had previously considered, but disregarded because it was overpriced  and lacked some of the aesthetic details that I wanted to be present in my new home.   The house was built in the early 1980’s by my cousin’s husband, Gary, a prominent homebuilder in the Cape Girardeau area.   Gary’s reputation for building gorgeous homes with supurb architectural quality is impeccable!   I know, for a a fact, that the structure of this house is sound, logical and unique.  I got in my car and drove to the house's address and observed it for a while from the street.  With its lush landscaping and inviting elevation, it truly exuded the feel of a charming “English” cottage!  The longer I sat and looked at this “little cottage," I could envision myself tending the flowers in the garden, coming out to check the mail box each day, and greeting visitors coming to the door!  I immediately called Doris Jean and told her I wanted to tour this house in the morning.  She made the necessary arrangments and we agreed to meet each other there at 10:00 tomorrow morning!

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.© Mary Darby 2016