Sarasota, FL High: 64 Low: 43
Man, was it windy today! Steady 30 mph. winds! It only got to 60 so we decided to head back to Lakewood Ranch to look at houses with our very capable realtor, Brenda Wilson of Keller and Williams. We've been looking hard for a couple of weeks, then we took a break for a couple of weeks for awhile, just not sure if we are ready to think about settling down and coming off the road. We're still not sure, but we decided to go looking once again.....It's fun! And it's a great thing to do when it's too cold to go to the beaches and too cold to sit outside and read a book, and no good movies at the movie theater. If we find the right house at the right price, we might change our minds! But first, the researching, and remember, Eldy researches things for a long time before deciding to do anything. So no worries, mate. We are still fulltiming, and planning to leave April 7th for other parts of Florida.
No photos today except of ones from the Internet relating to Chinese dry wall. This is an informational blog today!
We saw some great houses...We saw one awful one... We had a good laugh when the minute Sparky walked into the house, she said, "That's it for me, let's leave." It was dark, it was filled with heavy, dark, ornate furnishings and humongous oil paintings covering the walls, and brand new deep burgundy carpet in the bedroom. Dark, dark, dark. Brenda said, "Hope there's no audio with the security system" as we exited the house rather quickly....We laughed....
We actually gave some serious thought to this one particular house. It had been gutted to the studs and totally redone. It would be like purchasing a new home at a FAR lower price. It had had an inspection by an engineering firm that the house was free and clear of the offending drywall. BUT--the homeowner fees were high for the neighborhood--those HOA (Homeowner's Association fees) were 360.00 a month...too high for us...That does cover a swanky clubhouse, maintenance and landscaping. But there was ZERO view in the backyard, what little backyard there was--a high retaining wall blocked the view of a major thoroughfare through Lakewood Ranch, the area where we've been looking lately. Not the best lot....So, we'll keep looking.....And watching out for Chinese drywall.