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Draplin Design Co., North America
February 26, 2003
Getting The Ball Rolling
Posted at 07:44 PM

I made a big call today, a call that could change a man’s life.

I called one Tommy Tucker, a real estate agent from the greater Portland area. Tommy and I gonna meet for some brainstorming, y’know, “eyeball to eyeball.”

As a “first time buyer,” it’s normal to have a lot of questions. This will be an education for me. I’m excited. I mean, hell, if I’m gonna spend a couple more good years here, I might as well do it with “practical investing” in mind.

Not to mention, I’m real tired of renting someone else’s space. Floyd has a nice pad. The Hötz family has a nice pad. Goo is a homeowner. These folks are doing things right.

All you homeowners out there, feel free to leave any “first time buyer” feedback that might be relevant in the comments section below. Advice and tips are welcome–and appreciated–as I get the ball rolling.

There Are 13 Comments

1. Make sure its got a hot tub

2. Make sure there isn’t room for too many house guests, so you have a solid excuse to turn away freeloaders

3. Get it close to work so you can still ride your bike

4. Dont tell Floyd where it is.

Posted by: matthew on 02/26/03 at 8:16 PM

Thanks for the tips, Matt. Those extra rooms will be up for rent.

Posted by: Draplin on 02/26/03 at 8:57 PM


Posted by: Uncle Terry on 02/27/03 at 4:46 AM

Makin’ the leap, huh? Make sure you click with your realtor, you’ll be in a financial relationship with him for awhile. My advice: look at lots of houses. Don’t jump into one of the first couple you look at. You’ll know intuitively immediately when you walk into THE house. It just feels right. Kick the tires a bit. Look at things like plumbing, heating and electrical. Pay for an inspection. Mechanical soundness is key, cosmetic things can be updated. You have Floyd to borrow tools from. Buy in an area with a good park and school system nearby for resale value. When you go to sell, families who are looking to buy consider that shit. And for chrissakes, buy something with some character-some natural woodwork, stone or exposed timbers. Not a fuckin’ ranch house wrapped in vinyl siding. You’ll feel like your living in an artifical box. Superchunk: indoor living, y’know. Killer, man. Dig it. It’s a good experience. The American Dream. To quote Black Flag, “2 car garage and a mastercharge. Her tits aren’t firm, at least they’re large.” Happy house huntin’. Call me, fucker.

Posted by: Eric on 02/27/03 at 5:27 AM

Buy a piece of shit. Get a big morgage. Hire me to come fix it up for you. Put it back on the market and make a killing. Ooooooooh yeah.

I’ll wear speedos and a hard-hat.

Posted by: ryno on 02/27/03 at 6:21 PM

Way to go draplin! Must be living large in the Pacific Northwest. Good for you.


Posted by: Dalgart on 02/27/03 at 8:10 PM

Everyone’s a goddamn comedian.

Posted by: Eric on 02/27/03 at 8:15 PM

Aaron, I aint movin’ in if Ryno is lurking around in speedos. He can visit, but this time he keeps his pants ON.

And as a side note, there is no living large in Oregon. Theres only living not-quite-as-poor-and-jobless-as-everyone-else.

Heres to the 4 day school week! Thats one hell of a public school system.

Posted by: Matthew on 02/27/03 at 8:28 PM

make sure and spen the rush hour at the house, the hours of he day when everyone is going to or home from work to get a feel for traffic. Watch out for train tracks, you want to be 1/2 mile away maybe farther if it is a high speed track. You will wpend all your time straightening you pictures every tiem a train goes by. Enjoy the whoel bantering process and don’t be afraid to say no.

Posted by: Railroad Crews on 02/27/03 at 8:49 PM

Dalgart, nice to hear from ya. Thanks for the digi pic from Veg-ass.

The first image on yer site, of Duane Peters squeezin’ one out, is super good. Shitty band, good photo. I like how he sings in an English accent. Give me an Orange County break.

Take care, good luck in the big SF city.

Check out www.lancedalgart.com to what the hell I’m talkin’ about.

Posted by: Draplin on 02/27/03 at 11:32 PM

I have had real good luck with a “mortgage broker”
mine takes 1% off the top for her services but she is a mad genius. I bought my first house with only 500 bucks and more college debt than a small country. Watch out for those fuckin real estate agents though, they can really be sycophants. in specific watch out for “exclusivity” clauses. if something falls through and you don’t care for them anymore, they can keep you in thier claws for up to 6 months.

You need to come out to Les Bois and see my new pad. I bought almost an acre right in the city. It has a shop, carriage-house (falling down as I type) chicken-shack, home-made snowmobile, and a leaf pile that was started in 1985. call me sometime. 208-363-0510

Posted by: bart on 02/28/03 at 6:03 AM

i’ve been researching similar things A-Drap
this was helpful http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/house/house.html

that site can also tell you how to fake being an indie-rock expert



Posted by: oswald on 02/28/03 at 2:26 PM

Find someone who will do 100% financing .
And do a 80-20 loan. Give me a ring and I’ll give ya what I know.

Posted by: Michaylira on 03/03/03 at 11:55 PM