Conversations with Pea; housing edition

Me: How are you feeling about these houses? Houses are so expensive!
Pea: I think either of the two we liked would be fine for our first house.
Me: First house?!

Me: Which house should we get?
Pea: Both! And we can build a skyway between them!
Me: It would maybe be better to just buy one house…
Pea: furrowed brow
Me: and then we can wait til a neighbouring house is for sale, and get it and then build the skyway
Pea: Yah!!!

Pea: Do you think we can build a second story on the bungalow?
Me: Sure, people do that all the time, and some have done it on that street already so it is probably zoned that way. I don’t think we are going to run out of space in the house though.
Pea: Could we build four stories on the house?
Me: I don’t know that our neighbours would appreciate that….
Pea: Well, we would make it very narrow.
Me: …. a tower?  You want to build a tower.
Pea: Yah!!!
Me: Yah!!!

Me: Ok, she wants 10K over our offer. That is annoying. We should see if that is post-negotiating from our agent, or her initial number. We can maybe stick to our original bid, or meet her in the middle, but I don’t want to go as high as 10K+.
Pea: We can say “Ok, 25K+ and that is our final offer.” and she will be so confused she will say “Ok, -5K, or the deal is off”.
Me: laughing  I am not sure you understand how to negotiate, and I am glad our agent is doing that for us.


In very related news, we are signing an accepted offer tonight!  Home ownership (barring surprises from the inspection tomorrow), here we come!


3 thoughts on “Conversations with Pea; housing edition

  1. rainbowgoblin

    I’m so excited for you! I want to get a house, but the first unit on our little laneway just sold for almost $1 million… We will not be buying in this city anytime soon (and aren’t sure we want to stay here anyway). Also we have no money. But at least I have a job now!

    1. labmonkeyftw Post author

      The Big Smoke has gone much the same way, even in the four years that I was gone. We are lucky and know we are lucky that New City has not boomed in the same way (yet, they are predicting it will). It is so crazy. And Hilly Quirky is even worse, where bachelor apartments are 800K now! Ludicrous. We’d never have been able to afford anything in that city.

      1. rainbowgoblin

        When my brother sold his house in Big Smoke (still mortgaged to the hilt) they got so much for it they were easily able to buy a house in Lunchbox City without a mortgage. They were actually contemplating buying a second house as an income property.

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