Condo-rific

Jun. 9th, 2008 03:33 pm
Got lots of calls and emails about the condo. I'm going over there between 4:30 and 6 pm today to run a little open house. If half the people who've called show up, and half of them turn in applications, we should still end up with at least a couple/few people to choose between, so I'm really hoping we'll have the place rented by the end of the week!

Knock on wood, not counting chickens before hatching, and all that.
1 bedroom, 1 bath condo in the Village.

About the condo: High ceilings, hardwood floors, deck, air conditioning and full basement with washer/dryer. New gas stove in kitchen. Big windows, lots of natural light. Garden. Pets welcome. $800/month, includes water, but not gas or electric. Available July 1. Pictures here.

About the neighborhood: The Village is a great neighborhood in East Ann Arbor near Arborland Mall. It has big mature trees and lots of grassy open areas. Grocery store or other shopping is a quick walk away. It's conveniently located for using public transit (catch multiple buses at Arborland) and also has very easy access to the highway for Metro Detroit commuters.

Email to tammylc at pobox dot com or call Tammy at 734-276-3215.

Please pass on to anyone you know!
1 bedroom, 1 bath condo in the Village.

About the condo: High ceilings, hardwood floors, deck, air conditioning and full basement with washer/dryer. Pets OK. $800/month, includes water, but not gas or electric.

About the neighborhood: The Village is a great neighborhood in East Ann Arbor near Arborland Mall. It has big mature trees and lots of grassy open areas. It's conveniently located for using public transit (you can walk to the grocery store, and catch multiple buses at Arborland) and also has very easy access to the highway for Metro Detroit commuters.

Interested? Email me at tammylc@livejournal.com or call Tammy at 734-276-3215. Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested.


Yes, again. One of the couple that's living there now got a job in DC working for the Library of Congress. They thought they'd lined up a subletter to take over their lease (which ends in June), but he changed his mind. The one half of the couple has already left, and the other one is joining him at the end of January.

While technically this is their responsibility, I don't want to be left holding the bag. So I've started listing the condo, and with their agreement, will be deducting any advertising costs from their security deposit. I'm trying not to stress out too much about it, since we still have about 6 weeks til we could be left potentially holding the bag. And I just posted the ad to Craigslist today and I've already had three requests to see it or get more information.

Cross your fingers everyone, and let me know if you know anyone who's in the market...
Talked to one of our renters today. He's accepted a job in DC and is moving on Monday. His partner has to stay through to the end of the semester, but will be following him in mid-January. Fortunately, they have found someone who would like to sublet/take over their lease. So, knock on wood, his credit will check out and we can just sign a lease with him to start in February. Keep your fingers crossed, okay everybody?
I'm having an allergic reaction to something. A bug bite, I think. I noticed that my forearms and backs of my hands were getting bumpy and rashy. They're just starting to get itchy now. My legs were feeling weird, so I took my pants down to take a look, and noticed a big red itchy bite from something on the back of my left leg, so I'm guessing that's too blame. I took a Benedryl, which probably means that I'll soon be fast asleep, but I needed to get caught up anyway.

Or, as I told Eric, perhaps I'm just allergic to thinking about our condo. For a while there it looked like we had a renter lined up again, but now it doesn't look like that anymore (it's complicated and stresses me out to explain, so let's just leave it at that, shall we?). So I went through all my calls and emails and contacted a bunch of people. I'm showing it to two of them on Thursday, and am hoping that the nice SCA couple who saw it last week are still interested. My neighbor who has a business arranging Section 8 housing for people has also offered to see if we can make it work for that. I am soooo tired of dealing with this. I haven't put in a full week at work in months, from taking time out to show the damn place.

An idea

May. 12th, 2006 12:40 pm
For those of you who are seeing this before my long post about it, our most recent condo renter flaked out. Aargh.

But I have had an idea. We need to get this thing rented, and preferably quickly. So I think we need to offer a deal. I'm thinking of giving them their first month free with a one-year lease. If it can get the place rented more quickly, it could save us money in the long run, and people like a bargain. Thoughts?
Why do I know this? Because the last three people we've had leases with for the condo have had credit ratings just slightly below the acceptable limit, and we've accepted them anyway. And every single one of them has flaked out. Yes, that's right folks, we no longer have a renter for the condo. And to add insult to injury, the account she wrote the security deposit on has been closed. She offered to pay any bounced check fees, but I haven't actually cashed the check yet - been too busy to get to the bank. Her email:
email behind the cut )
Now, I'm cynical enough to doubt the veracity of the whole story - what are the chances that the account would be closed AND the grandmother would die? Did they cancel the account because she noticed I hadn't yet cashed the check? But even if it's all true, it still doesn't change my opinion about credit ratings. Because they don't just reflect the person's financial standing, they also reflect the amount of drama in their lives - people with high drama lives are going to have a hard time paying bills on time, etc, even if they're otherwise financially stable. And people with high drama lives are credit risks. (No offense intended to anyone on my flist with a low credit rating or a high drama life - obviously the connection is not linear, but I think there's a correlation.)

My first reaction was "I think I'll go kill myself now," but that won't actually help as I have no life insurance so it wouldn't help us pay off debts anyway. So instead I looked through my cell phone call log to find numbers of people who I've told "the condo has been rented" in the last few days, and I have an appointment with one on Sunday. And now I'll go repost the ad on Craig's List, and call the Ann Arbor News to renew our ad, which expires on Sunday (glad I didn't bother cancelling it earlier).
I have a signed lease and a security deposit. Can I hear a hallelujah?

(Funny - as she was leaving, she said now she needed to go pack - she'd been waiting to have a signed lease in hand before starting. I shared as how I could relate to the feeling...)
I have a verbal committment from a renter for our condo. We're getting together Friday for her to hand over the security deposit check and to sign the lease. She's really excited about the condo and the neighborhood, so I'm pretty sure she won't flake out between now and then, but keep your fingers crossed, everyone.
About the condo, that is.

Got a very enthusiastic email from a potential renter last night. Showed her the condo today, and she was all "I love it, I'll take it!" Hooray! Except we've been here with a couple people before, only to have them flake out for one reason for another. So thus, only cautiously optimistic. She's living with her dad right now, so at least we don't have to worry about her landlord cutting her a deal to get her stay.

She said she'd fax the rental form over today. If her credit isn't atrocious, she's in. Heck, she might be in even if her credit is atrocious.
We're still trying to find someone to rent our extra condo. We've had a few likely candidates, but for a variety of reasons, it's not worked out. (Usually their current apartment complex finds out they're leaving and says "Oh, in that case, we won't raise your rent afterall." Since moving is a pain in the ass, I don't blame them for staying where they're at.)

Lately, however, things have been completely demoralizing. I'm getting 1 or 2, sometimes even 3 calls a day about the condo. In the last week, I've set up appointments with six people to come see it. And every single one of them has been a no-show. Sunday, 11:30 - 2 no shows. Tuesday, 4:30 - no show. Wednesday, noon - no show. Thursday, 12:30 - no show. And this morning, 10:00 - no show. What the fuck? What the fucking fuck?

Our ad in the paper expired yesterday, so I'm calling now to relist it. And knocking $25 off the price (from $775 to $750), in the hopes that'll make it slightly more appealing. We've got it priced just to cover our expenses, so this will take it below the actual cost to us. But it's killing us paying out around $900/ month for the place (mortgage plus the ad in the paper). We can theoretically cover the cost, but that $900/month was supposed to be going directly to credit cards. :-(

Mama Jay

Mar. 19th, 2006 10:24 pm
We are trying to get the condo painted, as we are hoping to have a renter in there real soon now. But carving out big chunks of time is a big challenge these days, so we're having to do it in little spurts. Eric headed over this afternoon to get a few hours in, and I joined him after Liam woke up from his nap. I was able to do this because we'd made arrangements with our friends/neighbors Jay and Tracy (and their kids Seth and Kaelin) to watch him for a few hours this afternoon.

I really love that Liam has such a good relationship with them. I can just drop him off and go, and he's totally cool with it. When I came by just before dinner, Jay informed me that Liam had been calling him "Mama Jay" for a bunch of the afternoon. Awww.
I'm feeling down today. Hormonal, situational, I'm not sure why, but I'm just feeling delicate. We thought we'd found someone to rent our condo - she was really eager and really interested and seemed like a great person, so much so that we were going to overlook a mediocre credit rating and a not-exactly-glowing former landlord reference. But then she didn't return my calls all weekend and when I finally got ahold of her today she had "taken another place" and that was that. Probably for the best, given the history, but still - I was looking forward to having one less thing to stress about. Our newspaper ad had expired while we were doing the credit check and landlord check and all that, so now we've missed two weeks of potentially interested parties. The ad goes back in tomorrow, and then I'll have to deal with missing work to run over and show the condo.

Not that I really mind missing work. I'm in another one of my hate my job phases. Well, that's not exactly true. I don't hate my job, I just don't get excited by it most of the time. I have a really hard time getting motivated to do the work because it doesn't interest me. I continue to ponder career change options, but the weight of keeping health insurance for the family is a heavy one. And if I'm going to leap, I really should do it sooner rather than later, because if my company actually managed to get back into financial shape, I'm supposed to be getting an 18% raise, and that will make it even harder to leave.

I should be more cheerful - I'm going to see Great Big Sea in concert tonight with [livejournal.com profile] scottij and [livejournal.com profile] sueij. And I'm planning a fancy dinner for my wine club in April that should be a lot of fun. Maybe it's the weather - after a glorious couple of spring days we've got freezing temperatures and snow again.

Busy Day

Mar. 4th, 2006 08:55 pm
Today was my sleep in day, which mean that I didn't wake up until 8 am! Shocking.
Another condo showing )
Breakfast for lunch )
Visiting my mom in the hospital )
Riding tractors at Lowe's )
Front row seats at the Roadhouse )
And then it was time to come home, give Liam a bath, and get him off to bed. (Interspersed with one very hyper little guy running around in circles for a while.) And now I must get off to bed, as Eric has requested a night off AND it's his sleep in day tomorrow AND he's going to be changing fish tanks so I'll be in charge of Liam all day.
We thought we'd found a renter for our condo in the Village, but "cute guy with a good job" (as I'd taken to referring to him) changed his mind when his current apartment complex offered to cut his rent. Can't say I blame him - moving is a pain in the ass. Fortunately, I hadn't counted any chickens before they hatched, so had continued to take down people's contact information over the weekend and had four people to call back yesterday. Two of them wanted to see it. I showed it to one young couple yesterday (They're interested in rent-to-own - that would be great) , and I have another appointment lined up for today. And calls continue to trickle in, so hopefully we'll find a renter before too long.

I was waiting around the condo for a few minutes yesterday before the couple arrived, and curious about the time, I kept having this overwhelming urge to poke my head into the kitchen and check the time on the microwave. The microwave which isn't there anymore, of course, but having lived there and done that for 6 years, the habit is now thoroughly ingrained in body memory. Interesting thing to notice.

I need to remember to take a broom and dustpan over to the condo when I go today. We've had a bunch of work done while it's been vacant - the condo management company needed to get in to do some major plumbing replacement in the basement and bathroom, which involved cutting out chunks of wall. We also had them rip out all of the nasty caulk from the bathroom and replace it with fresh, so the bathroom looks MUCH better now! We also had a new vinyl floor put down in the kitchen - the old one was nasty and gouged while we lived there, and two tenants later it was time to fix it. But all of that work means that although our tenants had done quite a good job of cleaning before they left, there's now a fine coating of drywall dust and dirt from worker boots all over the floors. It needs to be mopped too, but that'll have to wait for another day, and a quick sweeping up will go a long way to make it look better. And the next warm day we should go over and open the windows for a few hours - between leftover dog smell from the tenant, PVC glue from the plumbing, and outgassing from the new flooring, the place is kinda stinky, and that can't be helping its appeal.

We still need to pay someone to paint, or do it ourselves. The quote we got was much higher than we wanted to pay, so we're thinking that Eric will take a chunk of time this weekend and try to get it done.
1 bedroom, 1 bath condo in the Village.

About the condo: High ceilings, hardwood floors, deck, air conditioning and full basement with washer/dryer. Pets OK. $775/month, includes water, but not gas or electric.

About the neighborhood: The Village is a great neighborhood in East Ann Arbor near Arborland Mall. It has big mature trees and lots of grassy open areas. It's conveniently located for using public transit (you can walk to the grocery store, and catch multiple buses at Arborland) and also has very easy access to the highway for Metro Detroit commuters.

Interested? Email me at tammylc@livejournal.com or call Tammy at 734-276-3215. Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested.
So, we still haven't managed to find new renters for our condo. If you know anyone who's looking for a great place to live, please put them in touch with us. It's a one bedroom, one bath condo in the Village in Ann Arbor, and we've just reduced the rent to $750/month in the hopes of being able to find a renter. Also, if anyone has any suggestions finding a renter, we're all ears - right now we're advertising in the Ann Arbor News and on Craigslist. We could try adding the U of M and/or EMU student papers, but they're not cheap, and it seems to me that anyone looking for an apartment would get the AA News, since it's likely to have the most listings. But maybe I'm wrong. Anyone have any ideas?

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