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Better Late Than Never

It has been a really busy week and it’s only Wednesday. We’re finally going to buy a home of our own and there is a LOT to consider. But the process isn’t as bad as I thought it might be. Our one regret is that we are purchasing much later in our lives than most people, but I suppose it’s better late than never.

If you’d told me 15 or even 10 years ago I’d be in this position, I wouldn’t have believed you. It will be in some ways a relief to be out of our building. As I write this cigarette smoke is being blown into our back bathroom through the ventilation system. And when we got home from talking to the realtor yesterday, we found this notice slipped under our door:


This happens a lot. Now I just need to remember to shower extra long before 9 a.m., or the smell of cigarette smoke will be the least of our problems.

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61 replies

  1. Yuck, cigg-smoke! Congrats on your new home!

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  2. So happy for you, John! All of your effort will be worth it.

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  3. Very exciting. There’s a lot of work involved with getting a new home, but nothing much beats the feeling you get when you move into it. It’s pretty great. Best of luck to you!

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  4. Yay for moving!!!!’ Woohoo!

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  5. How exciting! Definitely better late than never…I still rent at 41 and I keep going back and fourth on rather or not I want to buy. Part of me doesn’t want to take on the responsibility as a single woman but than part of me does so I might just buy in the next few years….

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  6. I found buying a house to be very stressful but at least you have some control over cigarette smoke and water pipes! Congrats!

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  7. Very happy for you, J. I understand..from my own journey. =)

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  8. I’m excited for you! No more weird smells, or shut-off water, or uncontrolled temperatures! Woohoo!

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  9. We have owned and rented. Owning is better, in my opinion. Congratulations! And happy mortgage tax write-off (if you live in the states).😆

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  10. Wait, how is that legal? The cigarette smoke. Wouldn’t that be grounds to break your lease?

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  11. Congrats to you, sir. I look forward to tales of home buying and home ownership.

    As for your post from last night and my contribution to it. My apologies for my role in any aggravation it may have caused. I’d like to think that we can have dialogue like that without permanent ill-feelings. As you mentioned in a comment to somebody else about your reaction to the story, my reaction to your post and the follow-up comments was partially a result of my frustrations with some of the things I see on social media. I won’t bore you with the details, but one of the things I see with the internet and Facebook and blogs is a rush to judgment and it really gets on my nerves at times. So, again, my apologies.

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    • I have nothing but respect for what you just wrote. And I understand where you are coming from. If anyone suffers from foot-in-mouth-itis it is me. No harm was done and I value your comments always. I too will endeavor to be more conscientious in my posting and my comments.

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  12. I’ve never known anyone who lived in an apartment very long. How do you manage without a yard to escape to? Do you crave the outdoors? You probably have more leisure, though, without house and yard maintenance.

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  13. Time to buy baby wipes for “showers”. 😦

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  14. Congratulations! My husband and I still haven’t bit the bullet. I’m not sure we will any time soon. We hate being tied down, and now, given our location, it seems like an even bigger, scarier commitment. A down payment on an apartmemt in New York City will pay for an entire house in some parts of the country (or two to four houses in my home town.) Also, buying a place here does not free you of communal living and the associated woes (e.g., smoke, loud music, crying babies.) On the other hand, the amount we are throwing away in rent is mind boggling. Hope you find something you love!

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  15. My cousin who lives in northern Alberta, married a Canadian in Scotland at 40, moved to Saskatchewan, had two children and now is the manager of a small city. Never too late for anything. Go for it! In our first rented house it was so cold and damp that my husband’s long hair was frozen to the pillow. You thought cigarette smoke was bad! 🙂

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  16. Congrats on home ownership. Is it all it’s cracked up to be?

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