Update! Appliance Research: Chest Freezers
March 9, 2010 – 9:48 am | Comments Off on Update! Appliance Research: Chest Freezers

The decision (and purchase) has been made! In an earlier post (“Appliance Upgrade Research: Chest Freezers”), I checked to see if the chest freezers listed on the EnergyStar site were still offered by each of the manufacturers

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Efforts and projects taken on to shrink a homeowners carbon footprint.


Projects and experiences with local NYC contractors


Avoid the school of hard knocks, these articles will help.


Home improvement projects and upgrades all documented here.

Technical Difficulties

Necessary repairs, maintenance and… oversights.

Next in line to screw up: the bank
July 12, 2005 – 12:06 pm | Comments Off on Next in line to screw up: the bank

One would think that being asked by the mortgage brokers assistant if I would mind closing early is a good sign that things had been moving along to the point of completion.
One would also be …

The rollercoaster continues
July 7, 2005 – 12:06 pm | Comments Off on The rollercoaster continues

So the seller has posted some ads for the place in the past on Craigslist and PropertyShark before we moved into contract to buy. As of now, Monday or Tuesday is when the bank would …

July 3, 2005 – 10:35 am | Comments Off on O-Day

It’s taken more than a year of talking about it, research & reading, but this afternoon I’m going to attempt to sound like I’ve made offers on houses before.
Funny thing about the web is …

NYCHANIS Training Session
June 28, 2005 – 12:03 pm | Comments Off on NYCHANIS Training Session

NYCHANIS Training Session
The Furman Center will hold a free NYCHANIS training on Wednesday, June 29 from 5 to 6:30pm. Please email furmancenter@nyu.edu or call 212-998-6713 for more information and to reserve a spot.

After three days, the contract was resurrected
June 27, 2005 – 10:44 am | Comments Off on After three days, the contract was resurrected

Almost biblical at this point…
So the lawyers are talking again. The seller is now interested in closing on more traditional terms, with a clear title, no outstanding taxes or liens and with my own …

Dead Deal
June 24, 2005 – 12:05 pm | Comments Off on Dead Deal

New violation in addition to the three that I knew about popped up on the DoB today that helped break the camel’s back. If this deal is going to happen, it’s going to be with …

Things are not looking too good
June 23, 2005 – 1:11 pm | Comments Off on Things are not looking too good

Two conditional mortgage acceptances, an engineers report, title search and a contract drawn up but still awaiting revisions — after all this the seller’s lawyer reveals that it was never the sellers intention for me …

Closing day #1: June 27th
June 22, 2005 – 10:15 am | Comments Off on Closing day #1: June 27th

Why a 1031? Because you don’t get socked with capital gains on an investment property is the quick answer, which is usually followed up with, but you don’t get hit with capital gains if you …

HoMortgage WalDepot?
June 15, 2005 – 9:11 pm | Comments Off on HoMortgage WalDepot?

Now I see what people talk about regarding closing stress. Too many moving parts each having their own moving parts… I wonder if there’s an easy formula for pulling this stuff together short of a …

Even when working for you, they're working against you.
June 13, 2005 – 4:59 pm | Comments Off on Even when working for you, they're working against you.

If you asked me, things had been moving along nicely.
The banks were comfortable with the deadline to have everything drawn up and ready by. Inspectors and engineers had filed their reports, the appraisals had …

Captain, she couldna take much morrrrrre o this!
June 10, 2005 – 12:10 pm | Comments Off on Captain, she couldna take much morrrrrre o this!

AKA Scotty, the pissed off engineer.
From what I’m told (and it seems like good adivce), as part of any home purchase a number of people have to come by and give …

The getaway from NYC
June 9, 2005 – 3:21 am | Comments Off on The getaway from NYC

San Jose, Costa Rica

Whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River
Whitewater rafting on the Rio Sarapiqui
Hiking to La Fortuna Waterfall
Sightseeing at the Arenal Volcano
Sightseeing trip to the Monteverde Cloud Forest

The best laid plans…
June 6, 2005 – 5:41 pm | Comments Off on The best laid plans…

A single line, at this point bordering cliché, taken from one of almost 560 poems by Robert Burns reflect the sentiments regarding projects that started strong but hit a roadblock or plateau somewhere along the …