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  1. yeah there are certain rules that society has to follow. if you show up to a job interview without a suit and tie, it better be at mcdonalds, otherwise your just a hobo. i always wear suit and tie to interviews, and i never wear jeans to work, even though most of my colleagues do. that could be why im 32 and everyone else on my level is mid 50s
  2. 5 more letter after my name now for only $168. that's only $33.60 per letter, a real bargain! The P. and the E. cost me several thousand dollars each haha
  3. hang in there man, almost everyone goes through this type of stuff during there career, probably several times. im 32 and ive already done it 3 times. took me 4 months after graduation to get a job, then 2 years later i got laid off and it took me 3 months to get a job. i was there 6 years and then i moved because my wife got a great job, but it took me another 3 months to find a job in my new city. the best thing to do is make people know you are willing to do ANY job that is related to your field. Don't expect a high paying job doing exactly what you envision right away. get a low paying job in the same field and build your resume then you have more ability to shift to what you REALLY want to do!
  4. So we ended up getting the second house! We close on Feb 4th! After the inspection i was able to get the seller to agree to replace the entire roof, install all 3 chimney liners (2 for main fireplace, 1 for utility), pull out some dead trees, rod out all the plumbing and a few other little things in exchange for upping the price by $3,500. All that stuff would have run me $16-$18K but instead i'll just pay $18/mo for 30 years haha! With all the money we kept in pocket we are getting the master closet and bathroom remodeled before we move in at the end of February! Any ideas on that?!
  5. so we had the full home inspection over the weekend. structurally the house is pretty sound. there is one basement wall that is bowing inward very slightly. we had a structural engineer look at it not jsut the home inspector. he said that its not any immediate issue, but it could become one. he saide he could probably get it taken car of now for about $1200 or look at it again in a year or if we notice any changes. of course there are plenty of other things that this house needs (all new roof, chimney needs a lot of work, and some other minor issues). we're trying to get the seller to at least take care of the roof or most of it. we'll see how it goes.
  6. Put in an offer on a house one block away. was almost twice the price and needs updating, but structure is good (as far as i know, will have inspection prior to final agreement)
  7. wow. im reading this and feeling like i got really lucky! i took the test once in oct 2011, 7 years after graduation, and passed it. just reading that score report scares me and makes me wonder how i passed haha. i was working full-time for a GC and in grad school when i took it, in a real estate management class that dealt with a whole lot of engineering econ stuff. that might be how i passed, i probably crushed that section, did ok on the math, and crushed the chemistry (was my best subject in HS almost was a chem major), ethics, statics, structural, CM and materials parts. pretty much guessed on the entire rest of the test (educated guesses!)
  8. in this are almost all the houses look just like this one. but, they don't go on sale that often since its one of the most historic neighborhoods in KC. All the houses are in the range of 1500-2200 SF depending on how much they built out the attic and basement. There are about 4-5 on the market right now. but they all seem to either be in need of MAJOR repair like this one and priced in the low 100s, or are recently renovated and $300k. What i really need is something in the middle. Guess im gonna keep looking!
  9. im loving the funhouse door, how they just shaved off like 1.5" on one side so that it would close with the crooked frame.
  10. this guy is setting the new standard for bitter!
  11. ok gentlemen. met with my SE at lunch today. basically, the garage is an addition and the slab is sinking at the back and pulling the whole thing off the house. the back stairs that were sinking were also an after-the-fact addition, and are not supported by the house's foundation so they are basically just sitting on dirt. These issues can be solved by jacking up the garage slab with piers and mudjacking the back steps. (according to my guy). All for the grand total of about $25,000. HOWEVER, we noticed a few other things that i hadn't picked up beforehand, such as some definite bowing inward of the foundation walls on the OTHER side of the house. Due to the age of the house ~75 years, the foundation material is basically stone and crappy mortar. This means that if you place piers, you can only stabilize, not actually lift the foundation, lest you want it to crumble. This means it would require piers ALL THE WAY around the house, with a 'connecting strap' to avoid sinking in between piers. The cost for this? An ADDITIONAL $30,000 Of course this doesn't include patching the brick, walls, fixing cracks, leveling floors, or of course, any cosmetic fixes. We could probably be talking another 50-70k for all of that. While i was there i noticed the house across the street did sell this week, for $149,000 more than this house was listed at. Doing all the math with the required repairs, it adds up to something like ~105-120k, which would still put us in the range of 30k ahead is the home was purchased at list price (and NO SURPRISES Came up during construction! yeah right) At this point, after having had ~48 hours to consider it, i'm leaning towards NOT making an offer on this house, but haven't made a final decision yet. Need to review with my wife tonight, but since she is in the medical field, she generally leaves this kind of stuff up to me. While it looks like it could be a chance to get a great deal, it could also lead to a big headache and i don't think we want to deal with a project of this size on our first home. I have pics of the house and some of the issues i will try to upload shortly!!! thanks for all your help, and at the very least i found this a useful exercise in analyzing homes as i am still very interested in this neighborhood!
  12. I have several years of project managment in the sinkhole industry. I have performed hundreds of foundation investigations and remediations. The first thing is foundation repairs can be very expensive depending on the causse. A few questions to ask yourself what is causing the settlement? If this is a very old structure and you believe it is due to differential settlement than you may be looking at just foundation repairs. If you in fact have bad soils or highwater table or any geological anomoly causing it RUN! the cost for a typical remedation due to bad soils range from 175k to well over 500k depending on the method from grouting to underpinning. What part of the country are you in? its in kansas city missouri.a lot of the houses in the area have had settlement, but i think its due mostly to the age of the houses. the soils are pretty much midwest red clay types that generally are pretty good.
  13. interesting. thanks for the info. im just wanting to at least look into the home as much as i can until i hit a roadblock. that might end up being it. but hey, im the type of guy who runs things to ground before giving up!
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