OK, I'm hooked. Now that I might actually own something on my own, I'm just watching marathon HGTV. Of course, it makes me rather ill to see what $200,000 can buy in some parts of the US. And, oh, heaven forbid that they have an annual property tax of $2,000. NOTHING.
I spent over 5 hours looking at places today. From townhouses that when you walk in and look left, there's a cockroach on the wall, to a nicely redone townhouse with a beautiful yard, but of course in the middle of nowhere and a tiny itsy bitsy kitchen (a deal breaker unless I could find a way to expand it - I cook dammit!) My realtor even bought me lunch - though I tried to buy her lunch since she's driving me all over the place.
Most embarassing but hilariously funny experience is stopping at one place, and it had running water and toilet paper, and I had to dump, so I did. But the toilet didn't flush! There was no water in the tank. So I tried filling it up, and it leaked out. So we went looking for a bucket, but no bucket. All there was was an empty liter soda bottle, and a glass in my realtor's car. Not enough water pressure to create a flush. So, I had to hold down the cap in the tank while my realtor filled it with water. Yum! But we were successful! Of course, during the time we were doing all this I was regaled with stories of one time when she had to just leave it there because there was just no way to flush. And one time when it was such a large dump they had to break it up to enable it to go down. OK, I'm disgusting myself just writing this! But also laughing. Obviously I have the perfect realtor. :-)
But, the first place I saw today I think I will actually put an offer on! I'm very excited but I'm trying not to get too excited, since the asking price is a bit over my budget. I will certainly give a lowball offer since it's been on the market almost a year! But I will need them to accept the lowball offer to make it happen. It's on a semi busy street and there's no parking around if people come visit, but it's close enough to bike to work. So, we shall see......
Scavenger hunt will have to wait until tomorrow - I can't download photos here.