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(CBS4Boston.com)   "Sleepover Showings" becoming popular with home buyers, as well as 'Pillow Fights' and 'Spin the Bottle'   (wbztv.com) divider line 51
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2009-02-26 05:39:08 PM
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2009-02-26 05:39:19 PM
Every house I've bought, I've only bought after spending time there in the daytime, nighttime, weekends - sat up the street in my car, watching the whole area. Looking at a house in the middle of the week, at noon, never ever shows you what the area is really like.
 
2009-02-26 06:07:35 PM
darkhorse23: Every house I've bought, I've only bought after spending time there in the daytime, nighttime, weekends - sat up the street in my car, watching the whole area.

/backs slowly away
 
2009-02-26 06:26:26 PM
Last thing I'd want is to find out is the freight train runs behind the backyard till 3am.

/SMRT!
 
2009-02-26 07:53:37 PM
darkhorse23: Every house I've bought, I've only bought after spending time there in the daytime, nighttime, weekends - sat up the street in my car, watching the whole area. Looking at a house in the middle of the week, at noon, never ever shows you what the area is really like.

It's also good to watch your neighbors, dig through their trash, see what they've been up to. Maybe hang out in their trees with binoculars...
 
2009-02-26 07:54:28 PM
snuff3r: darkhorse23: Every house I've bought, I've only bought after spending time there in the daytime, nighttime, weekends - sat up the street in my car, watching the whole area.

/backs slowly away


Creepy as that sounded, in all fairness, some neighborhoods get really dangerous after dark despite looking deceptively calm during the day.
 
2009-02-26 07:56:52 PM
A model unit in the high rise was set up with some extras to sweeten the deal. The fridge was stocked with wine Colt 45 and Velveeta cheese and there were gift certificates to local fast food restaurants. "It really gave you a better sense of what it might be like," Rod said.


FTFY
 
2009-02-26 07:56:56 PM
I can never fully trust a realtor until I've walked around in a suit made of their skin for a few days.
 
2009-02-26 07:57:31 PM
Let me know when they get to "7 Minutes in Heaven." The best? Moving into a new place and picking the first place to take care of business.


/the front hallway will do
//ahhh, memories!
 
2009-02-26 07:59:04 PM
When I was shopping for a house in 1997, I had one on the hook and was ready to make an offer, and decided to check out the surrounding area after midnight.

It was a 1 minute drive to one of the worst areas in Sacramento (Oak Park). I drove past a guy on a bicycle with a gun in his hand. I saw three guys beating and kicking a woman who looked like a hooker. I resisted the urge to stop and help her.

I drove around some more and saw numerous street walking hookers, numerous cop cars racing around, a couple john stops, and there was a chopper overhead with a spotlight talking on the loudspeaker. I stopped at Burger King to take a whiz and the door had a coin operated lock.

As I was leaving the neighborhood, the woman who was getting beat up about 15-20 minutes earlier was beating the dogshiat out of some old wino looking dude.

I called my agent the next day and let her know we had to keep looking.

/the house had a HUGE yard.
 
Byn
2009-02-26 07:59:07 PM
Had I done this when I bought my last place, well, I never would have bought my last place.
 
2009-02-26 08:01:48 PM
My mom "tried out" the salesman selling the mobile home when I was younger [got a good discount too] Does that count?
 
2009-02-26 08:03:54 PM
darkhorse23: Every house I've bought, I've only bought after spending time there in the daytime, nighttime, weekends - sat up the street in my car, watching the whole area. Looking at a house in the middle of the week, at noon, never ever shows you what the area is really like.

Well what's the most interesting thing you observed? Were your fears ever confirmed by a nice-looking area that turned seedy at night?
 
2009-02-26 08:09:21 PM
darkhorse23: Every house I've bought, I've only bought after spending time there in the daytime, nighttime, weekends - sat up the street in my car, watching the whole area. Looking at a house in the middle of the week, at noon, never ever shows you what the area is really like.

THIS

My girlfriend and I recently moved to a new apartment and while everything seemed wonderful when the leasing agent was showing us around I still wanted to be sure about the area. Turns out everything here is great with the exception of the total lack of visitor parking spaces on our end of the complex. Oh well, can't be perfect!

/2BR with loft
//gotta love the loft
 
2009-02-26 08:12:44 PM
darkhorse23: Every house I've bought, I've only bought after spending time there in the daytime, nighttime, weekends - sat up the street in my car, watching the whole area. Looking at a house in the middle of the week, at noon, never ever shows you what the area is really like.

Not a bad idea.

Though I'd like to do it less creepily if possible - a driveby in the late evening for example
 
2009-02-26 08:13:57 PM
reillan: darkhorse23: Every house I've bought, I've only bought after spending time there in the daytime, nighttime, weekends - sat up the street in my car, watching the whole area. Looking at a house in the middle of the week, at noon, never ever shows you what the area is really like.

It's also good to watch your neighbors, dig through their trash, see what they've been up to. Maybe hang out in their trees with binoculars...


Don't forget the UFIA.

You never really know a neighbor until you've stuck your finger up their ass.
 
2009-02-26 08:14:45 PM
LeChevalier: The best? Moving into a new place and picking the first place to take care of business.

/the front hallway will do
//ahhh, memories!


Oh yes! For us it was the loft, the reason we took this place over the others. Then back down to the front door!
 
2009-02-26 08:16:56 PM
GuyFawkes: LeChevalier: The best? Moving into a new place and picking the first place to take care of business.

/the front hallway will do
//ahhh, memories!

Oh yes! For us it was the loft, the reason we took this place over the others. Then back down to the front door!


All the nice lofts here are either far away from stuff to walk to or 4x what our under contract condo will be.

/Damn college town markets
 
2009-02-26 08:19:40 PM
No matter what they do, people buying houses now are smart.

/Much smarter than buying at the top of the bubble, I mean.
 
2009-02-26 08:23:18 PM
testaclese: Last thing I'd want is to find out is the freight train runs behind the backyard till 3am.

/SMRT!


'zactly!

My first morning in my new house I learned that the 6:45 train horn can be heard pretty well even if the crossing is a mile and a half away.

I think this sleep-over thing is great idea.

//I got used to the train. It doesn't wake me up. Dunno how the folks in the houses right next to tracks can stand it, though.
///Read about some homeowners in an upscale burb that suddenly had the diesel locomotives high-idling all night right at their backyard fence.
 
2009-02-26 08:32:37 PM
lol, I have a neighbor that just started building a brand new house next door. he stopped by to introduce himself, and commented how quiet it was, and how much he liked living next to a quiet railroad.

I giggled. not very manly, but I did. He had spent the day here....at night the trains go pretty much every hour...and they tend to use their horns a lot. No joke. Its a freaking nightmare if you can't sleep through them like me and the wife can.

The poor guy is screwed. He spent a ton of money buying the property, demolishing the old house, and building a new one. The gangs liked painting the old house, I suspect they will enjoy his too. I've already seen the cops wander the construction site at night.
 
2009-02-26 08:32:42 PM
My new neighbor has had plenty of sleepovers with the old neighbors wife.
 
2009-02-26 08:56:20 PM
Creepiest farkin' thread I've seen this year.

/wtf?
 
2009-02-26 08:59:48 PM
That and try the commute. Leave from there when you think you should and drive to work to get there on time. More than once. You might be surprised.
 
2009-02-26 09:02:46 PM
When buying a house, especially in town, google earth is vital. Life friends who found out the hard way there was a warehouse of sorts half a block away that had all the semis idling in the lot all night.
 
2009-02-26 09:07:00 PM
Pillow Fight Thread!
i39.photobucket.com
 
2009-02-26 09:15:17 PM
I believe in living a life without regret, so I'm not comfortable buying or renting any property until I've fapped in every room and pooped in every drawer.
 
2009-02-26 09:23:44 PM
jerky on the veldt: I believe in living a life without regret, so I'm not comfortable buying or renting any property until I've fapped in every room and pooped in every drawer.

Upper deckers?
 
2009-02-26 09:29:57 PM
Nick Nostril: jerky on the veldt: I believe in living a life without regret, so I'm not comfortable buying or renting any property until I've fapped in every room and pooped in every drawer.

Upper deckers?


Jesus Christ, now that's just disgusting! Have you no decency at all, sir?
 
2009-02-26 09:33:44 PM
I like to pose as a potential buyer of a mansion, take a tour with the realtor, then steal drugs out of the medicine cabinet and sell them to kids in alleys.
 
2009-02-26 09:38:38 PM
PILLOW FIGHT THREAD!
 
2009-02-26 09:39:35 PM
http://www.clubcourtyard.com/jpegs/PillowFight2.JPG

farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2009-02-26 09:48:21 PM
Our landlord let us stay the night to try our current place out. We've been here a year and so far, it's been pretty nice. Now said landlord is planning to sell the duplex to us soon, which is great. He's older and wants to move south, we're just starting out and want to stay in the area...it's just great for all concerned. With the rent from upstairs, the mortgage would be half what we pay now for rent, and we've already been fixing the place up in exchange for rent cuts since we moved in -which is how we got to know the Old Man better.

It's a fine system, our home-improvement hobby; the Old Man asks his contractor buddies at the bar what they'd charge for whatever we want to do, they scribble quotes on bar napkins, we do the work and the middle quote is deducted from our rent. We often stop by that same bar after work, and the Old Man's introduced us as his 'rental kids' to just about every contractor, electrician and repair guy in town -which has led to a lot of little side jobs, great shop-talk advice and pretty much every contact a pair of newlywed landlords (like we plan to be,) could ever need.

He's really more of a friend than a landlord now -lives across the street, called us when his wife fell and needed to go to the hospital (he stopped driving for awhile this year when his truck threw a head-gasket, but my fiance helped him put in a new one and it runs again,) eats dinner at our place when his wife's at her sister's or physical-therapy. I know he lost a son in Gulf I and his wife mentioned something about a daughter in Florida -and it seems like apart from his work-related friends at the handyman bar (all of whom are 20+ years younger,) and the occasional church event to which the wife drags him, he doesn't see many people besides his renters -and we're the only ones with contact besides 'here's the check' and 'the faucet broke.'

It's funny to think, if not for our last place getting condemned and the Old Man offering to let us stay over in his vacant lower-duplex (where, the very night we were unexpectedly homeless, he held his monthly poker game with The Guys,) we might never have known such a friendly guy or had the chance to learn the business of real-estate from an old pro who's almost ready to hang it up.

Oh, and he still holds the poker game at our place like he did when it was vacant 'so the wife won't find out.' (She's known since the Reagan administration and thanks us monthly for getting him out of her hair so she can have dinner with her old-lady friends.) I cook buffalo wings and cheddar potato-skins for The Guys and keep bar while my fiance deals or plays -hey, it keeps the rent low and the kegerator full. A girl couldn't do better!
 
2009-02-26 09:49:44 PM
LeChevalier: Let me know when they get to "7 Minutes in Heaven." The best? Moving into a new place and picking the first place to take care of business.


/the front hallway will do
//ahhh, memories!


Why would you want to take a shiat in the hallway?

Ohhhh, THAT kind of business. My bad.
 
2009-02-26 10:36:21 PM
www.girlpimps.com

How spin the bottle might start...
 
2009-02-26 10:42:57 PM
testaclese: Last thing I'd want is to find out is the freight train runs behind the backyard till 3am.

/SMRT!


I've lived a couple of places that were within a stones throw of rail lines. At one place there was a wreck and they evacuated right up to our next door neighbor's place (due to chemical spill) - we were apparently just about 20 feet far enough away to be safe.

The noise from the trains never really bothered me. The gunshots and police helicopters in one of those places and the break-ins at both of those places did bother me.
 
2009-02-26 10:48:54 PM
There's also the girl game known as "Let's Practice Kissing So We'll Know What To do When We Get Boyfriends."

/you want crazy? hang out with legit, trained dancers.
 
2009-02-26 10:56:25 PM
darkhorse23: Every house I've bought, I've only bought after spending time there in the daytime, nighttime, weekends - sat up the street in my car, watching the whole area. Looking at a house in the middle of the week, at noon, never ever shows you what the area is really like.


I straight up belly-laughed for about 10 minutes when I read this. I think it is just the tone of voice I gave it in my own head. I feel great now.

/laughing with you, not at you. I promise.
 
2009-02-26 11:07:16 PM
"dear penthouse forum..."
 
2009-02-26 11:12:14 PM
HMS_Blinkin : Creepy as that sounded, in all fairness, some neighborhoods get really dangerous after dark despite looking deceptively calm during the day.

www.lordargent.com

I am a man who walks alone
And when I'm walking a dark road
At night or strolling through the park

When the light begins to change
I sometimes feel a little strange
A little anxious when it's dark.

Fear of the dark,fear of the dark
I have constant fear that something's always near
Fear of the dark,fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there

Have you run your fingers down the wall
And have you felt your neck skin crawl
When you're searching for the light ?
Sometimes when you're scared to take a look
At the corner of the room
You've sensed that something's watching you.

Have you ever been alone at night
Thought you heard footsteps behind
And turned around and no-one's there ?
And as you quicken up your pace
You find it hard to look again
Because you're sure there's someone there

Watching horror films the night before
Debating witches and folklore
The unknown troubles on your mind
Maybe your mind is playing tricks
You sense,and suddenly eyes fix
On dancing shadows from behind.

Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear, thought you heard
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there.

When I'm walking a dark road
I am a man who walks alone
 
2009-02-26 11:15:27 PM
HMS_Blinkin: Creepy as that sounded, in all fairness, some neighborhoods get really dangerous after dark despite looking deceptively calm during the day.

I do wish I checked out my house before hand. It's not too bad but the traffic noise is noticeable with the windows open when you're trying to sleep. Also there's some jackass in a Harley (LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES) that must work 2nd shift every night.
 
2009-02-26 11:42:01 PM
The Southern Dandy: You never really know a neighbor until you've stuck your finger up their ass.

Agreed. But don't forget to taste. You want to be thorough.
 
2009-02-27 12:03:48 AM
Awesome, now all the recently-homeless have another option aside from the local shelter. You could have a "trial sleepover" every night of the year in my city and not even come close to running out of houses on the market.
 
2009-02-27 12:28:38 AM
FrellingFrak: Awesome, now all the recently-homeless have another option aside from the local shelter. You could have a "trial sleepover" every night of the year in my city and not even come close to running out of houses on the market.

I came here to say that. Also, your name rocks.
 
2009-02-27 12:32:43 AM
Have rail lines about 50 feet from my back deck. I actually kind of like the sound.

They don't blow the horn back there though.
 
2009-02-27 12:52:11 AM
i105.photobucket.com

Approves of sleep over showings. You know, to try it out.
 
2009-02-27 02:24:44 AM
FrellingFrak: Awesome, now all the recently-homeless have another option aside from the local shelter. You could have a "trial sleepover" every night of the year in my city and not even come close to running out of houses on the market.

Maybe they would do a credit check beforehand, proof of employment, charge a small fee, something like that? I'm sure no landlord would let someone sleep there overnight without lots of prerequisite nosing around to see if they're actually interested.

/never met a landlord I liked
//because I rent cheapass places
 
2009-02-27 08:59:01 AM
Came for Denny Crane/Alan Shore refs
Leaves disappointed
 
2009-02-27 11:44:27 AM
SLEEPOVER?

i384.photobucket.com

/wish granted, late as usual
 
2009-02-27 02:35:19 PM
thinks_on_feet: When I was shopping for a house in 1997, I had one on the hook and was ready to make an offer, and decided to check out the surrounding area after midnight.

It was a 1 minute drive to one of the worst areas in Sacramento (Oak Park). I drove past a guy on a bicycle with a gun in his hand. I saw three guys beating and kicking a woman who looked like a hooker. I resisted the urge to stop and help her.

I drove around some more and saw numerous street walking hookers, numerous cop cars racing around, a couple john stops, and there was a chopper overhead with a spotlight talking on the loudspeaker. I stopped at Burger King to take a whiz and the door had a coin operated lock.

As I was leaving the neighborhood, the woman who was getting beat up about 15-20 minutes earlier was beating the dogshiat out of some old wino looking dude.

I called my agent the next day and let her know we had to keep looking.

/the house had a HUGE yard.


Getting a kick as I grew up in that hood...yeah, don't go to Oak Park at night.
 
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