Sunday, March 10, 2013

Moraga House Update - 3/10/13

Did you remember to turn your clock forward?

 
Welcome to Daylight Savings Time! Man, I hate turning the clocks forward or backward... it feels worse than jet lag to me for some reason. Why can't we just leave it alone? It works itself out eventually.

Moraga House Sale Update 

The buyer of my house in Moraga had so many inspections done it was unreal...even sewer line inspection when seriously, this place was built in 1984 and doesn't have the same issues as older homes. Even though the buyer signed an "As Is" offer, after the inspections there were some requests that I take care of some things. The first thing was a few windows where the seals were broken and the windows damaged. I spent the morning talking to people about that, those that were open on Saturday, and got a really good guy to come out and give me an estimate. He is owns a franchise of a company called the glass guru, and come over and spent a lot time explaining the process to me. (Glass Guru of Concord) The other glass shops weren't open or gave me a ridiculous quote over the phone. I am going ahead and scheduling him to fix the windows. I will let you know how he does with this, so far he has been way ahead of the others in the business.
The other items on the list were: 
Minor Roof repairs - I said "no" to that one since the roofs are maintained by the homeowner's company.
Money to fix up the chimney and towards the repair of the A/C. I said yes to those.... I had disclosed the A/C not working so was aware of it.
Here is the funny part - my realtors (yes I have two of them) came by to see me about 1:30pm on Saturday to see how I was doing with the requests. They came prepared with measuring tape to measure the windows and to discuss the strategy for reply. When I told them the windows have been quoted and ordered, the AC repair guy has come and gone, and here is what we are going to do, they were dumbfounded. They couldn't believe that in half a day I had taken care of everything... my guy realtor says, I have barely decided what kind of coffee to have today! They were also impressed with how well I negotiated the purchase and this amendment, they didn't believe that what I was asking for would be accepted. I said the buyer is a lot like me (she is very similar,  but just an older version) and I know what I would consider reasonable. They kept saying you are just wonderful to work with, etc....whatever. 
The last thing to happen is the appraisal which is Tuesday. If that doesn't have any surprises we should be closed by the end of the month. 
Nick is driving from Tucson today to spend the week helping me pack... so hopefully we get everything done before the movers show up on Saturday. (Movers! There is another story all together!)

BTW - The grapefruit soda recipe was good, but the stevia made it taste flat. I need to use real sugar next time.

Here is the recipe from " Organic Gardening" magazine - you can use it for almost any citrus;

Ingredients
1 grapefruit
1 cup sugar

1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from half of the grapefruit. Juice the grapefruit and put in a measuring cup, add water to get to 1 cup of liquid.
2. In a small saucepan, stir together the zest, liquid and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat stirring to make sure all the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and cool. (Letting it sit like this helps the flavor get stronger as well.) Strain the liquid and put in a container in the refrigerator.
3. To make soda, use 3 tablespoons of syrup with  8 oz of cold carbonated water.
Keeps for  2 weeks...

Try it and let me know what you think...

Julie