In-school Learning, Farming, and a Side of Asbestos, Please

In-school Learning, Farming, and a Side of Asbestos, Please

  • Victoria Merchant
  • 11/16/21

I’ve decided to send my kids to in-person school and not go the remote route. Elk Creek genuinely wants the kids back and I’m okay with that after talking to some staff. The school has been working hard to make it safe and now I feel comfortable with both Bridger going back and Sterling going to daycare. It’s good for them socially and it’s good for my sanity.

I ordered workbooks and activity books for them and I’ll do those with them still so they’re not on a screen whenever they’re with me. Look at me mommy like a boss.

Plus, I get to remain full-time at the job I love. Even though it’s super stressful. Not as stressful as “teaching” my children, but it’s a lot just the same.

Let me be vain for just a sec: I bought this face zapping wand to help with acne and wrinkles and I think I may look better. Younger. Shinier in a good way. Not 100% sure but plan to ask friends because Tag doesn’t answer questions like this very well. Nor do my kids. Tag’s actually giving it a go for hair growth, so we’ll see what happens there. The thing creates a horrible smell and it buzzes loudly while in use. It better work. Check it out for yourself.

Chicks should lay eggs today. I mean today is the first day they should be able to lay eggs, so I expect them today and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. Punctuality is very important to me. Fingers crossed I never need to buy eggs again. Either that or we have about a 2 month supply of chicken. 

I’ve been researching permaculture. I think it’d be awesome to buy some land in Sweden and set it up. I don’t understand it all entirely just yet, but what I do know is that Tag would love it. It’s basically commune-style farming, but you rotate crops and grow seasonally. This means the soil isn’t depleted but returned and reused. There is a lot more to it but I’m just learning.

Living from the land, don’t damage the earth, give back to the environment, all that jazz, yes, but also pair it with a retreat maybe? People come to relax and vacay, but do a bit of work to subsidize the cost, while eating healthy, local food. Thoughts? 

You know I love real estate but working a business like permaculture retreats sound super stress-free in comparison. 

I’m also considering buying an investment property, I found a super inexpensive condo, 1/1. I’m concerned about the value of the US dollar and think this is a safe move. I want security.

Oh, and also Tag’s getting the old snip-snip tomorrow. So, you can take that with you on the weekend. 

Realtor® Stuff

My amazing Victorian house in Pine is already under contract. It went stupid-fast. The first couple who signed up for the open house put an offer in and got it. They went over-asking straight from the start. They’ve been looking for a while and we’re all delighted. (One of the houses they wanted to be ended up going for over $100,000 more than asking. I mean, come on.)

The house is in perfect condition, but the inspection is Saturday. I’ll let you know how it goes. 

My Franktown clients had their new house inspection yesterday which went great. Directly after we had to run back to the old house for the appraisal. You always wanna be extra nice to the appraiser. After all, what they say goes and they can make or break a deal with a tiny little signature. You have the option to fight an appraisal but that usually doesn’t go well.

Remember the land in Evergreen that I went Under Contract on with the cabin on it? It’s a prime spot, walking distance to downtown and the cabin needs to be demoed. Welp, it’s full of wild animals and asbestos. It could cost just under $100k to get rid of the cabin and asbestos and may need some kind of a bubble enclosure to keep everyone and everything safe. We’re getting a second opinion on the price (always do that). It’s frustrating because the lot isn’t cheap and now this hits my buyers.

Remember when I was telling you the job is stressful? Case in point. 

Okay, well, buy a house, the value is there because interest rates are so low. If you bought a $250,000 house at the usual 6-8% interest and a house for $650,000 at the current 3% interest rate, that house is gonna cost you about the same amount of money at the end of a 30-year mortgage. Chew on that for a second. 

Hope you have a great weekend and we’ll chat soon.


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