Productivity at it’s finest. Since we’ve returned from Bora Bora, we haven’t quite gotten things put away or organized so I spent most of the day paying bills (for all the houses) and cleaning up the house. It was kind of like “our Saturday” since Andy only had one patient and so it was nice to be home together and get everything organized. I also spent a good amount of time searching the MLS for deals. It’s been almost five months since we’ve purchased anything (Ashland house/48 hour deal aside) and I’m starting to wonder if the lower end deals are gone? We’re still seeing deals in higher price points (Such as the Willo houses) but there really isn’t anything less than $200k that has flip potential. March is the most popular month to list your house and so perhaps being are holding out but you might remember from my blog a few months ago (Before I went MIA and got married) that I was having the same concerns then. If this is the case, it just means that we need to move up market, which thankfully isn’t really a problem but with that change, I think there will be additional changes that accompany it.
Later in the afternoon, we went by the Ashland project to see the progress and answer questions. At this point, all of the sewer and HVAC is in and the plumbing is well underway. Concrete is being poured tomorrow to level the living room, which was previously being heaved due to the fireplace literally pulling away from the house. Hopefully by the end of next week we should be complete with most trades and well on our way with electrical. When that’s complete… It will be time for drywall and I love that part because it finally begins to look like a house! After Ashland, I went to check on the Hill House. Wow – That place is a mess. The demo guys are wrapping up today and they did a great job. All that remains is the original structure and a whole lot of different leveled concrete foundations… My initial thought was OMG, but after more consideration – I actually think I might be able to use those to my advantage by doing tiered patios or a sunken fire pit/spa. That is the most important thing I always try to remember – Work with what you’ve got! The exciting part is that I can “see” what the house will look like when it’s complete now and with the amazing views that it has, I know it’s going to be a beautiful home. Here is a link to my inspiration for the interior: http://www.houzz.com/photos/1064261/Hill-Country-Residence-modern-kitchen-austin
After I got back from the Hill House, I decided to make it a quiet night in. Andy had rehearsal and so I worked on some accounting until he got home and we finished the night cuddling on the couch.