In my on-going effort to hack my life into full efficiency, I decided we needed a house haus, and no longer a loft with 3 flights of stairs. I put on my scuba gear and dove into the sharky real estate waters of Raleigh with my trusty agent Todd Hancock, where we swam around in some mucky overpriced bungalow reefs, shitty new builds in ‘up-and-coming’ hoods, and general shoals of disappointment and despair.
Then one day, I saw a post on Facebook (where I visit when I have truly reached the end of the internet) where an acquaintance was listing his family home for sale by owner. It kinda looked too good to be true – a rad mid-century ranch on a huge wooded lot in a great location for a doozy of a deal. I bit, and we headed over to an open house that Sunday.
Long story short, after a promising visit with the fam, we made a solid offer that was accepted, and we got down to hiring an architect to draw up plans for what at the time, I was calling a modest ‘bump-out’ but really turned out to be a fairly substantial reno to most of the house.
I’ve never done this before – on this scale, so it’s been a real learning curve. Budgeting and building, permitting and being extra-patient – this is a journey lemme tell you. The great news is that I’m building a lil real estate portfolio, now that I own a haus, and I plan to keep the loft in downtown Raleigh (for rent in August if anyone needs a dope two bedroom!). I was taught that real estate is the route to building wealth, so homegirl is trying to feather her nest-egg with some properties, ya dig?