Steve McQueen (Bud Elkin) and the epic jump on a Triumph Bonneville adorns the space above the door. Also, partial picture of the French license plate from Raleigh's Sister City in France. The key is from the old architecture building at NDSU. Room 108. (Found in an old motorcycle jacket that wasn't worn since... well, NDSU days.)
Okay. It is time for us to rock and roll!
It is right around 6:00 A.M. according to the Steve McQueen Great Escape clock. We have been sleeping in with the holiday and getting a later start than normal. The new office is not quite up to snuff just yet, but we are in it. Thanks, Santa!
We still have a truckload of crap to put away and organize, but now we are waiting on us... on a purchase -probably on Saturday, of a new bookshelf. But enough on this organizing our office stuff and the fact that our filing cabinet is going to be finding a permanent home more than likely in the super wide hallway outside of our home office. Let's talk operational "stuff."
We are bidding (actually pre-bid) on an auction today. We are considering one property in Minnesota as well, and will be consulting with our friend in the Twin Cities later today about the market, & average DOM (Days on Market -how long a property takes to sell) -especially this time of year. So, we may end up with A) the local house -although the time frame for the auction is over a couple of days, or B) the MN house, or C) both. There is a fourth option. There is a "D" option. The D option is to call a few of our favorite friends and see what is out there on the street. Meaning that we would talk about non-auction or unlisted property.
So, to break all of this down, here is our plan of action for today:
First we will wait with baited eyeballs for the auction to start that we pre-bid on. Should the number surpass our pre-set maximum (the price we are willing to pay for the house), then we will move on to step two.
Step two is to call our friend in Minneapolis and enquire about DOM, market conditions, etc. If we hear what we like, and the auction number is below our preset limit, we will bid on the Minneapolis home. As a side note, we will also have a conversation with our contractor. He is originally from Michigan, but we will want to know: Has he flown with tools before? How does he feel about working in Minnesota in the winter time?
If our auctions go well, and our calls are fantastic, we might go with option C. If our calls do not go well, then we will move on to option D. Let's call this step three. Or step two-point-five. Or options C and D contingent upon Steps One and Two. Um...
We are thinking about the fat kid in the Home Alone movies. You know, Buzz, or whatever his name was. "One, he could use a little... and two, he... and D, he..." Sorry. We probably have misquoted Buzz. All this to say, that there are provisos, restrictions, qualifications and the like attached to our day's activities.
In addition to all of that auction/buying activity, we signed the due diligence repair agreement last night with the fine folks who are purchasing Moreland. We are still slated to close on the 18th of January. This is cool. Really cool.
And, we will be reaching out to our contractor today to talk about the work quote on the Moncure farmhouse. And we will be reaching out to our realtor on the zoning questions on the land. So...
Last night, one of the two of us had a dream about three houses going at once. We've been in that boat before. This should tell you (the reader) where our mind has been at -and usually is at, for that matter. At any rate, that was the gig/dream and things were moving fast. Should that dream come true, we could be looking at a rocking 2016. The fact that Moreland will close in 2016, provided all goes as planned, is actually a blessing. It will start the year off with a huge leap forward and hopefully set the tone and timbre of the coming year. Let's rock and roll!
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