Home Finder Search Engine

I know several of you are currently or soon to be relocating, so when I was asked to review this Foreclosure Listings search engine I jumped at the chance. All you have to do is go to the website and type in the city and state you are moving to and you will receive a list of foreclosed homes.

Did you know that there is an $8,000.00 tax credit available to folks buying a foreclosure? That’s a hefty amount of incentive if you ask me! Even though you won’t get a brand new home, many of them are like new — but you don’t get those brand new prices.

Stats and photos are available for each home. The ForeclosurePatch also provides a large selection of instructional articles about how to buy a foreclosed homes.

I’m telling you, I looked at some of the listings for Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (my home town) and a few for Spokane, WA. and the prices almost blew me away! I saw a 6 bedroom 4 bathroom house in the Spokane foreclosure listings for just over 300k! That’s unheard of!

Helpful Moving Tips

Everyday the clock ticks down on our move.  Am I on schedule?  What should I do?  How do I know?  Well, luckily for me, Dallas TX Movers has a 10 point checklist to help keep my thinking, planning and doing organized.

These are all great tips.  I have moved plenty of times and learned a few of them the hard way.  Where was Dallas Movers when I needed them?

Tip #4, pack by the room, makes packing and unpacking so much easier!  No carting things all over the house.  No wondering what box this, that or the other thing is hidden in.  I’d take this step one further and tell you to pack an overnight bag with all your hygiene necessities and clothes for the next day.  Pack clean bedding and keep it near your overnight bag so when you’re exhausted you can make the bed and fall in!  Make certain any kitchen necessities are readily at hand, too.

Tip #5, color code your labels, is new to me, but it makes so much sense!  Assign each room in your house a different color, then make the labels accordingly.  That is especially helpful if packing several bedrooms.  It also makes things easier for the movers, as in, “Oh, this bed has a blue label on it.  I will put it in the same bedroom as the boxes with the blue labels.”

Tip #6, keep lights on in old house until move out is complete, I really learned the hard way — except, I forgot to turn the lights on in my new home!  Walking around in the dark in an unfamiliar place filled with boxes is hard on toes and tempers, take my word for it!

There are also tips for managing kids and pets — thankfully we won’t need those this time around.  Dallas Texas Movers has been very helpful and we aren’t moving to or from Dallas!  If I were, I’d definitely be signing up for a free moving quote!

Company’s Coming!

Whew! I just finished mucking out the junk room and converting it to a guest bedroom — and in the nick of time. We have company coming and she should be here about noon. Our house guest is a graduate student who participated in Amoeba’s oceanography class this summer in Friday Harbor, WA. She is moving to Hawaii and will be working at Coconut Island (once known as Gilligan’s Island).

Exploring the rental housing market here in Hawaii is a scary thing. Ads do not say what they mean or mean what they say. An ad might be accompanied by a picture of a brand new apartment — said picture being taken 32 years ago and all original paint, carpeting and appliances still in place 84 renters later …. Folks here take this stuff for granted and know the ads aren’t to be trusted. New arrivals learn that lesson the hard way. That’s why, when our soon to be arriving graduate student mentioned (while we were still in Friday Harbor) that she was searching for an apartment online, we invited her to come and stay with us so she can look at what she’s getting before she puts her money down!

So, I’m busy again! I’ll be by when I can!

Hindsight

My long time readers will know that when I moved to Hawaii, I pretty much sold and or gave away everything I owned.  The stuff I couldn’t bear to part with, I boxed and mailed.  The boxes I sent to my sister and she kept them in her garage until I went home a few weeks ago.  Now those boxes  — mailed again — are showing up at my door one at a time — the wrong one at a time.  The winter coats arrived today.  We so don’t need them now!

At any rate, I just learned there was a much easier way to do all of this!  I could have kept a lot more of my stuff and it all would have arrived at once.  I suppose I am the last one on the planet to learn about portable storage.  One of Amoeba’s colleagues mentioned it the other day (she just moved from Friday Harbor to Hawaii) and I had to look it up.

There is this absolutely nifty self storage site online that lets you look for storage — movable or stationary — and they have over 12,000 locations nationwide!  That is so cool.  So why didn’t I know about this when I was moving?

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