mlah The “culture” that has evolved here isn’t conducive to sissies

September 30, 2004

Casa Update

Filed under: Misc — mlah @ 10:56 pm

i bought a house today.

negotiations were fun. they initially offered a 5k discount. i proposed a 20k discount in various forms. improvements, closing fees, and a price break.

they countered with a 10k discount, spread it around how i like it.

then i very cagily re-countered with a 15k discount. they said, ‘well, how about 10?’ and it was all downhill from there.

it’s hard to try and lowball someone when the house is so nice.

so i got all of my upgrades, including complete lawn sodding, (it’s a new house) a complete lawn sprinkler system, garage door opener, and a water softener system. they’re paying 3k towards my closing costs, and i rolled the price back a little.

want to take a peek at the actual house? it’s not quite finished yet.


Front Elevation

y’all want to know the really cool thing? property taxes are high here, but there is no state income tax. so upon closer examination of my paystub, the state income tax for maryland, which will no longer be deducted from my pay almost exactly equals the property tax for this house.

the payment for the mortgage on this house is around the same as my old rent in maryland.

i’m ppaying about the same thing i did in maryland!

but i OWN the house in the pic above.


  1. Very nice! Congrats to you!!! Is it just going to be you in that big house by yourself?

    Comment by Kristie — September 30, 2004 @ 11:19 pm

  2. ummmmm,


    Comment by mlah — September 30, 2004 @ 11:32 pm

  3. looks pretty tacky.
    i’m baa-aaack, bitches!!
    why’d you move, dood?

    Comment by f-in_cheney — October 1, 2004 @ 9:01 am

  4. job moved. i switched locations with my company to be nearer home.

    and did you see the price new york boy?

    the anti f-n kerry post will be coming hastily.

    Comment by mlah — October 1, 2004 @ 9:06 am

  5. Congrats; put up a white picket fence.

    Comment by Steve Adams — October 2, 2004 @ 4:38 am

  6. whoa, damn dude. That place is the shit. Good work. I’m gonna come visit and we’re gonna have a party and me and mike are gonna trash it.

    Comment by medium john — October 2, 2004 @ 8:45 am

  7. Congrats! hope it’s a great deal all around. Nice looking place

    Comment by og — October 2, 2004 @ 9:00 am

  8. I am so jealous….geez…..

    Comment by Rob Altomare — October 2, 2004 @ 12:55 pm

  9. Hey, nice house mlah! My eyes have turned green. The townhouse I bought here in Maryland is half again what you paid for that nice, big place with its own yard. Sigh…

    Gussy’s back. Guess the NYC police let him out of jail? Or was it all the drugs he was taking at the protests?

    Comment by yup — October 2, 2004 @ 4:48 pm

  10. i don’t think it was either yup. he is after all a liberal. i imagine he had a network connectivity problem due to non-payment of bills.

    but that’s just a swag

    Comment by mlah — October 2, 2004 @ 6:11 pm

  11. I was half-intending to go to NYC for the RNC, but I didn’t give myself enough time before having to catch a plane to the West Coast to visit my siblings. I got a whole month off work, nice vacation! Didn’t do any drugs, unfortunately.

    Comment by f-in_cheney — October 3, 2004 @ 5:19 pm

  12. A whole MONTH? Paid???? Damn!

    Comment by yup — October 5, 2004 @ 6:59 am

  13. Wow. Congratulations and Mazeltov!

    What a house.

    We are moving too. But all we could afford was a Townehome. In California you don’t get a whole lot of bang for your buck in the Real Estate Market.

    Wish you all the best…….have a great Housewarming……………wish I could go to the festivities, but it is a long way to drive.

    Comment by Peach — October 6, 2004 @ 3:38 am

  14. oooh, that house is purty!
    You will be even happier when you find out how much having a mortgage will save you on your taxes!!!

    Comment by beth — October 10, 2004 @ 11:13 pm

  15. Great house, congratulations!

    Uh….need a roommate? 😉

    Comment by Da Goddess — October 12, 2004 @ 4:27 am

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