Saturday, March 12, 2011

Contract on the House :)

Yesterday we got a good offer on the house, which we have accepted.  This a new offer.  The one last week went back and forth a few times, but in the end, they couldn’t or wouldn’t come up to a price we could accept.

In the meantime some local relatives of people who live in South Carolina came by to look at the house.  They were told an offer had been made.  They were looking at property for their relatives and apparently they liked it enough that their relatives made an offer without even seeing the property!

It was a good offer and we decided to accept it and not quibble back and forth and take a chance on losing them.

Of course it will depend on their getting their financing approved. They are trying to finance FHA with very little money down.  I didn’t think you could do that anymore, but our Realtor assures us that you can.

If, it goes through, closing will be May 6th.  Scary!!!

We really need to head home soon, but Al has his pest control accounts to do next week, so I guess we’ll stick around a little longer.  I’m sure we will need all the time we can get….assuming everything goes through. My mind was racing last night!


Our replacement kayaks arrived by 10am yesterday morning, so we didn’t have to sit around and wait for them…thank goodness.

We had the others boxed up and took them to a Fed Ex drop off to send back to Sea Eagle.  It was a bit of a pain in the neck, but we wanted to make sure they were picked up and we weren’t responsible for them anymore.

We never even took the new ones out of the box..hopefully they will be okay, but I’m sure Sea Eagle will stand by them if they are not.

After that we decided to head south for a possible kayak trip, if it warmed up and if we found a great place.

Unfortunately the wind was blowing pretty good and it was a bit cooler (mid 60’s) so we never got the boats out of the truck.

We went down to Blowing Rocks Preserve.  It’s just north of Jupiter, Florida. The beach is lined with large rocks and when the surf comes in strong enough, you get water spewing up through holes in the rocks.  It’s quite pretty.  We were there years ago and got to see the blowing rocks, but today, the tide was out by the time we got there so no blowing.

Blowing Rocks Preserve - Cost $2 each

beach at Blowing Rocks, Jupiter Florida


The water was pretty though and we saw this interesting bamboo bicycle.

bamboo bicycle

bamboo bicycle

Coconut Palm trees, with coconuts.

coconut palm


Dog walking, Florida style.  It’s a little hard to see, but that’s a yellow Lab.  They just kept walking up and down this dock while the Lab swam.

Dog walking, Jensen Beach style

White Pelicans at roost

White Pelicans

Pretty scenery along highway A1a…high dollar real estate on Jupiter Island.  Al said Tiger Woods is building a new house here on the 3 ocean front lots he purchased for 40 million.

canopy road

The Atlantic Ocean is off to the left, but the landscaping is so thick that unless you own one of these houses, you won’t see it.

driving along A1A - pricey real estate

A drawbridge on Jenson beach causeway.  They have to raise the drawbridge anytime a larger boat wants to go under.  The boat owner pays nothing for this service and the people on land had to wait 15 or 20 minutes while 2 boats went through.

Jensen Beach drawbridge

This was the first boat that went through…a sail boat with a very tall mast.


We never did get the kayaks wet yesterday, but spent a day exploring the sites.


  1. Congratulations on the offer! It does sound good, and we will all be thinking positive about the financing going through without a hitch! Whew! more change for you on the way. Thinking of Sqeaky and hoping she is doing well too. Those photos of Florida just look wonderful! The white pelicans start showing up here at Klamath Lake around late March or April. It's a big deal when they come, they are our local mascots. I love em!

  2. Congrats on the possible sale of your house. Hopefully, it will all be o.k. and soon you'll be fulltimers.

    Nice beaches and piers for walking in that area.

  3. Glad to hear that all is going well with you... Congratulations! I can't wait to hear how your new kayaks do... we are still trying to decide what we want to get. Pictures are wonderful and I don't think I've ever been there...but I will go now! Have fun & travel safe

  4. Congrats on the offer...hope it all goes through without a hitch!

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  5. How exciting. And scary. And wonderful. And oh my gosh. Sure hope their financing goes through without a hitch. I loved seeing how those people were "walking" their lab. I bet he was having a ball.

    And we do need an update on Squeaky.

  6. Congrats on the house! It will be work when you get back but sooo worth it. :)

  7. Great to hear about the contract on your house!
    Sorry you weren't able to test out your new sea eagles but you surely did have a nice day and I really enjoyed seeing where you went.


  8. Glad to hear there is some movement in the Real Estate Market. Hope the sale goes through...and you start your full-timing adventure.

    Hope to join you as soon as our house sells!!

  9. Congratulations on the offer! We hope it works out well. We remember well the "racing of the mind". So much to little time. But before you know it you'll be on the road.

    Beautiful pictures today, as always.

  10. CONGRATS on the house offer. We will look forward to the final closing as will you folks. Guess you'll be quite busy for the next 7-8 weeks.

  11. Wonderful news on the accepted offer. Hope all goes well and the closing is clean.

    Do you have to have inspections in Georgia? Here in California the buyers want EVERYTHING and there are a half dozen inspections to get thru.

    Of course with Al being a pest control guy he would know what has to have ben fixed.

  12. It looks like you are ON THE WAY to accomplish your DREAM.
    We wish you the best what ever comes your way.

  13. Good luck with the offer. I hope everything goes well with their financing and that you can start your full timing adventure Seeing that you are enjoying your winter holiday so much!!!

    Kevin and Ruth


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