Just thought I would let you know the closing date on selling our home has now been pushed back one more week to Dec. 4th, because we have not heard back from the appraisal review committee. To give you all an idea how long we have been dealing with this, the contract was signed Sept. 20th. I am betting this will come back with no more value added on the appraisal and they think we will have to take it because now we don’t have any chance of selling it until after the Holidays.
Its times like this I need to think about what we are doing this for and these pictures takes back me to our happy place.
When we were back at our farm this fall, we cooked all of our meals on an open wood fire in a cast iron skillet and I must say everything seems to taste so much better.
I feel much better now, and will let you know what happens.
This buck was harvested off our land this year from a friend that I let bow hunt. The deer scored 184 points.
A lot has happened since the last time I have posted, so first I want to apologize for not keeping you up to date of our situation. We have been so busy packing and moving and in this post will explain where we are now.
This is the Aqua building where we are staying now.
At the moment as I am writing this post I am over looking Millennium Park from downtown Chicago from the 19th floor of the Aqua building from our new apartment. Most of our belongings are in a pod in Des Moines waiting to be delivered next spring to our farm when we plan to move to Iowa to start building our home.We have moved to the apartment because we have a new contract on our home and are supposed to close next Friday. I say supposed to close because now that we are here it looks like the deal is in danger of falling through. This has been quite the ordeal selling our home and if we knew it would all turn out this way we would have waited until next spring to sell our home, because this has all been very stressful.
We have moved from our 2000 sq ft home to less than 600 sq ft. It has been an adjustment getting used to living here.
As you recall from my last post, we have had one deal fall through because of the buyers financing and as soon as we put the home on the market the very next people who saw the place put an offer on it and the way it looks now this one may fall through because of the appraisal of our home. The appraisal came in 11,000 less than our agreed upon contract price.
To me this looks like we are trying to be scammed here. The buyers are getting a FHA loan and their mortgage person has waited until the last moment to order the appraisal. The appraiser who appraised our home has only had her license for one month and used comparable homes that have sold recently in our area that are 600 sq ft smaller than ours. We had asked for a new appraisal and all they did was have the same women who did the original appraisal do it again, and she raised the amount 2000. This is still unacceptable to us and we have countered again and now are waiting for a response from the buyers. To tell you the truth we are about to cancel this deal and to start again. We will take our chances that the next buyers will have a more favorable appraisal. We know our house is worth what we are asking, the market tells us it is. The very first people who come to look at it put in offers so we know it will sell again, it just might be a few months now that the holidays are upon us.
I also may have to put off retirement until the house sells because we can’t afford to be paying our house note, property taxes and the new apartment with me on my railroad pension and that sucks the most.
I guess we will see what happens, so stay tuned.
We just found out that the buyers of our home could not get the financing to get a mortgage and we will be putting our house back on the market. This couple was supposed to have been pre-approved so I don’t know how this happens but according to our relator it’s not at all uncommon. Good thing we are not planning to move to Iowa until April so we are not that concerned.
We were at our farm recently and got a few things done, like putting in a culvert down on our bottom ground where we drive and mowing up on our building site. It was around 90 everyday day that we were there but still enjoyed our time there. We had bought the culvert and some scaffolding at an estate sale and took them to the farm on this trip.
We was checking out our creek that runs through our property and noticed a deep hole that was gouged out by the creek when the water was last high and there was hundreds of small fish trapped there. Bass, bluegill, and bullhead cat fish. I had this bait trap and was able to catch 50 or so and we stocked our pond with them. Some of you might thing we will regret stocking the bullhead catfish but I happen to like eating them. As a kid we used to catch them all the time and fry them up.
House Plans finalized
That same week we also headed up to Mather Wisconsin to sign our house plans. That’s it, I won’t be making any more changes now or it will cost us 250.00 each time I do. I noticed that if I have lots of time on planning this house I can get fussy about such things. Its one less thing to worry about and now I just have to figure out how we are going to build the darn thing. I have been losing lots of sleep lately when lying in bed and I start thinking about all we have to do and how we are going to do it.
I had forgot my camera this trip so sorry there are no new pictures. That’s it for now, I will try and keep you all up to date on all the happenings around here so until then, goodbye.
After being on the market for just a week we had 10 showings and two offers. The very first offer we received we ended up countering and they excepted. Now we are just keeping our fingers crossed and hope everything goes through. We have a closing date of October 15th.
Its going to be very hectic around here now, still lots to do and lots of hoops to jump through. There is the buyer inspection, the city inspection, us starting to pack, and me going down to the railroad retirement board to get set up so I start collecting my pension when I retire.
I am also still working on getting my window sizes for the log home and starting to look for a place downtown Chicago to move into until April 1 st when we move to Iowa into our trailer and start the building process on our log home. I am getting tired just thinking about it but wouldn’t have it any other way. Wish us luck.
This past Friday we put our home on the market to get ready for our move to Iowa.
I am finally feeling the day I retire and move to Iowa and start our small farm is actually going to get here. I am really getting excited, but we have lots to get done before that day gets here. What we have been doing lately is getting our home here in Illinois ready to be put on the market. Painting, fixing, and repairing various things, We also have been finalizing our floor plans on our log home and have been working with Barb from Meadow Valley log Homes. I have to say she has been very patient with me always tweaking the floor plan. I hope to get that done by the end of the month.
This is our current kitchen of our home we are trying to sell.
When we bought this house in 2010 it still had the original cabinets and appliances from 1964.
All hardwood floors on the main living area.
Sometimes I have a hard time sleeping when I start thinking about all the work that lies ahead, packing, moving and building our own home on our farm. I often wonder if this 60 year old body will be up to the task. I guess we will find out soon enough. Wish us luck in selling our house and if you would like to see more pictures and details on our house go Here.
This great looking bar was built by Todd Kreykes I really like what he has done here.
In 2012 I did a post called “How To Build Your Own Home Bar” and it has been so popular and hundred of readers read it every day and people have sent me pictures of their bars that they have built using my plans. The problem is that that post has gotten so big I now have a hard time adding any new pictures so I am doing this post to add those pictures I now get. So here they are, enjoy.
More pictures of Todd Kreykes Bar
This great looking bar was built by Jessie Cutler, I like what he did with his fridge by building it into the wall, what a great idea.
Here he has added some cards that are embedded into his epoxy bar top.
This great looking bar was built by one of my Face Book friends, A famous author John Everson.
This great modern looking bar was built by Alastair Heptonstall who is originally from Scotland but now lives in the states.
This is a look at his shelving, great job.
another view at a different angle of Alastair’s bar. To me this bar has that mid-century look.
As I prepare for the day that I retire (which is rapidly approaching) I have been getting the final touches on the floor plans for our log home done and we have been painting and working on our current home to get it ready to sell. I have also been biding my time by going to estate sales to look for tools to help when we start to build our log home this next April and for unique items that will give our home that old hunting lodge feel we are looking for. But some times you come across items that are completely off your radar and totally unexpected and that is what happened to me a few weeks ago at a high-end estate sale in Flossmoor Il. I ended up buying some rare wine that was worth $2000.00 a bottle for only $4.00
A 1950 Chateau d’Yquem and a 1966 Chateau De Briante are both French wines
We have all read or heard of someone finding a valuable item at garage sale that they paid next to nothing for and it turns out to be worth 1000’s of dollars like old paintings or some rare vase but I never expected I would be lucky enough to find such an item, until now.
1954 bottle of Chateau d’Yquem a white wine from the Bordeaux region of France. These white French wines turn a beautiful amber color as they age and when I first bought them I thought they were red wines.
The only reason I went to this estate sale was because my wife wanted me to check out some wood carving tools that where for sale there. She wants to learn wood carving so she could carve things like bears and stuff for our log home. At this estate sale the home had a huge wine and liquor collection and most of it was high-end stuff like this wine and Glenfiddich Scotch and other liquors. I had never seen this much booze at a home before, there just wasn’t a bottle or two but cases of the same thing. Much more than just the booze, the house was full of very nice things collected over 60 years by the old couple who had lived there.
Now me, I like a good glass of wine now and then so I bought 15 bottles of wine with the years ranging from 1950 to 1982. When I got home I started looking at the wine and the two Chateau d’Yquem bottles and I noticed the label said it was a white wine but these two looked like they were a very dark red. Well I thought I had just wasted $8.00 bucks because this wine had gone bad, but I thought I would do some research to see what I had. Turns out this wine retails from anywhere between $999.00 to $2300.00 a bottle depending on condition and these fine French wines turn a darker Amber color the older they get. When I found this out I jumped up and headed back to the estate sale as fast as I could because I was sure there was more of this wine left. Sadly when I got there wasn’t anymore Chateau d’Yquem left.
I ended up agreeing to a price of $1200.00 for the pair of Chateau d’Yquem to a guy who sells rare wines on the internet and have since cashed the check and to celebrate I took my little wife out to a very nice restaurant in Flossmoor Il (same town I bought the wine) and splurged on a $10.00 glass of wine with my meal and that’s about as high-end as I get with my wine.
The rest of the wine I bought wasn’t worth very much and should have been drunk when the wine was much younger. We did drink the 1966 Chateau De Briante, a red wine and I must say it was the best tasting wine I have ever had.