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Old 04-10-2014, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Tobyhanna, Pa
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Well I backed out of my original deal with the realtor. They put a house for sale that had a deed from hell attached to it. Loved the house, though it did need about $15,000 in work. It was a 6 bedroom 3 bath in which it could've been broken down to a 4 bedroom/ 2 bath and one bedroom apartment with separate entrance. I got frustrated waiting and the $9400 closing cost on a $27,000 house, really disturbed me. They were trying to pull a shady math equation in the pre-closing estimate. I wasn't getting credit for my $2700 deposit, though I was buying the house cash I still was required to give a bank check totalling $2,700. Scary thing is 9 out of 10 people I showed this to told me that the math was correct. Which yes, the equation they used the math was correct. Looking carefully I saw they took my $2,700 deposit and added it to my closing cost and then deducted it from the final price of the house after adding the closing cost. This gave me basically no credit for my deposit.
I have been going to Pocono Country Place for the past 4 years to a cousin's house. Throughout these past 4 years my cousin has literally used this house a dozen times. Sadly I watched this house sit lonely for many years. It was purchased in 2004 for $73,000. A chalet with 2 bedroom, 2 full bath with a very nice enclosed loft (3rd bedroom) set up. Large deck that goes halfway around the house, that does need work with an 8 year old roof. The house does have a very large custom made shed but is lacking a garage, I really wanted to keep a boat. I was approached a few days ago by him and asked if I was interested in buying it for $30,000 and I thought though I do like the house it is not my style house I wanted to retire into. We went back and forth and I started thinking maybe I should consider it. Taxes are low at $2600 a year it holds the heat in the winter with its fireplace with the blower insert and propane wall heater. Even this past winter the 7 times I was there I used no electric heat. I did put it on when I left the house though because not knowing when or who was returning and the fireplace not being on it did need it. Just was thinking its economical to have as long as you are there. I decided to go for the house, we decided on a price of $26,250 I am not reponsible for any closing fees and we cut out the realtor since he never had the house listed. The house was never lived in since it was built in 1987 the previous owner a co worker of my cousin only used the house for 2 weeks a year and one weekend a month after he had it built. My cousin has all the materials to re tile the bathroom in the loft and I am going to replace the kitchen which is small. I am going to run the water shutoff valve from the under crawl space to under the sink in the kitchen so I do not have to crawl under the house in an emergency to shut off the water. I am saving $9,400 closing cost, trading off about $15,000 estimate I got for work that needed to be done to a $3000-$4000 estimate I got for the repairs I want to do in my cousins house. I am saving about $20,000 and an additional $2,400 a year in taxes for a 27 year old house that has barely been lived in. Right decision? Anyone know if those prefabricated garages are any good? Please share your input would love to hear what you think?
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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Good luck with your new house and your retirement, sounds like you made a great deal. Yes, the pre fab garages are great/no problems parking a car in one. The Amish make an outstanding product, built to suit your needs, last a lifetime & quick turn around time for sure. Be sure to tell which ever vendor you choose that it will be for auto storage so the floor can be beefed up.

I will include a link to one vendor that is fairly local and delivers to you, don't know if the link will get deleted. Will your association allow this type of structure ? Find out about setbacks and easements before you make a decision to purchase one of these.

Single Car Garage Storage Sheds - Stoltzfus Structures

here are a couple pics of Amish garages, I have had 2 of 'em. Paint/roof/floor on this one is 9 yrs old, still looks new, has not needed to be repainted. Comes prewired if you want, suggest you get a ridge vent. All kinds of options to be had, check the websites. This one is 28x12.5 I had a loft installed above for extra storage. Siding is hardi board exterior resistant to insects









and here is one we had in Honesdale, it was 14x20, could easily fit the 4Runner in it if I moved the lawn tractor outa the way. Floors are very strong, no sagging. Ground not level?? No sweat, the delivery guy will block it up perfect. I think I have 40 blocks under the shed in the first pic, blocks cost $1 ea installed to level it up, building hasn't shifted in 9 yrs w/ a 3500 lb car parked in there every day.



the ground is level here, it is the camera operator that is standing crooked............




as you can see these portable bldgs hold a ton of stuff, I think the biggest single car/garage size delivered is 14x40, you will have to pay for an escort car if the one you choose is wider than 12'. Pay the money, you never have enough room ! Need a double wide? They will build one on your site.




all the best w/ your move

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Old 04-10-2014, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Tobyhanna, Pa
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Great info much appreciated. Nice Vette lol. I will check the link out and see the prices and make a decision.
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:36 PM
 
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Here is another NEPA local/family garage company worth a look. They have been in business for generations, so probably are good at what they do... and with the family name on the business are (IMO) more likely to care than some others (I have no knowledge of the others posted above who also sound good to me). I have not bought one from them but have considered it. Just thought you might like to have another place to look.

Brocca Garages Inc.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Tobyhanna, Pa
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The Brocca Garages look good but also they look expensive. I might have to call and get a quote and see what it will fit my budget and needs. Quality looks excellent.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:57 PM
 
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The Brocca Garages look good but also they look expensive. I might have to call and get a quote and see what it will fit my budget and needs. Quality looks excellent.
No opinion...other than your response reminded me of an old adage I often used in regards to things 'things' from food to tools to contactors to projects and many more. It is a bit off topic but can be tied back to most anything.

"Good, fast, cheap... pick two." (Of course there are exceptions, and these are what we seek.)

Then just for funn I asked my friend Google...here is what she found.... I thought I'd share it

Good, fast, cheap ... pick two
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