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by SwampDonkey
Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic fans not working
Replies: 42
Views: 3097

Re: Attic fans not working

Our tenant recently informed us one of our (easily accessible) attic fans quit working. I offered to have someone come replace it and he said not to bother, they did more harm than good. The tenant is a retired mechanic who used to "handyman" in his younger years. BL: I wouldn't replace th...
by SwampDonkey
Fri May 28, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for non-Tesla EV owners
Replies: 45
Views: 4945

Re: Question for non-Tesla EV owners

What happens when an EV runs out of charge while they are driving? Short answer - you will need to be towed to the nearest charger, or at least to somewhere you could plug in the portable charge cable that comes with the car. There are several apps - PlugShare is the best known - that can help you ...
by SwampDonkey
Thu May 27, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for non-Tesla EV owners
Replies: 45
Views: 4945

Re: Question for non-Tesla EV owners

What happens when an EV runs out of charge while they are driving? For example, when an ICE runs out of fuel, a friend or tow-truck arrives with extra fuel, 1-2 gallons, enough to drive to the next fuel station. But what is the "this should get you to the next gas station" equivalent for E...
by SwampDonkey
Sun May 16, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Making offer well-over asking price?
Replies: 58
Views: 9217

Re: Making offer well-over asking price?

5. They provided a letter about themselves and their family. Several others did as well. Before going through this process, I would have suggested this is nonsense. However, most of the offers began to blur together after sifting through all of them. The offers I could connect with a personal story...
by SwampDonkey
Sat May 15, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vacation home frenzy?
Replies: 76
Views: 13126

Re: Vacation home frenzy?

Lots of very large corporations are now buying SFHs as well and converting them into rentals. They own hundreds of thousands of homes. As soon as a house hits the market, several realtors will try and pitch the home to the corporations. If they think they can make money on it (they often make tons o...
by SwampDonkey
Sat May 15, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Making offer well-over asking price?
Replies: 58
Views: 9217

Re: Making offer well-over asking price?

We're waiting to close on the sale of our home. Very hot market as well. Over a dozen offers at/above asking within three days. We settled on an offer that had an escalation clause (mentioned above). They offered $1k more than other offers, up to 10% over asking price. Several others offered escalat...
by SwampDonkey
Sat May 15, 2021 1:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Boston w/ young family
Replies: 35
Views: 3087

Re: Visiting Boston w/ young family

Wow... the responses on this thread are INCREDIBLE. So much good information has been shared - will be spending quite a few hours researching now đź‘Ť

Thank you to everyone who contributed 🙂
by SwampDonkey
Thu May 13, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What luggage to buy for young children?
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

Re: What luggage to buy for young children?

ChrisB wrote: ↑Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:54 pm We bought our kids "Rockland Vision Hardside Spinner Wheel Luggage, Carry-On 20-Inch".
On Amazon they come in lots of bright colors and patterns. Kids enjoy them and it makes them easy to find at baggage pick-up.
Awesome. Thank you for the idea.
by SwampDonkey
Thu May 13, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What luggage to buy for young children?
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

Re: What luggage to buy for young children?

We found some Mickey Mouse hard shell suitcases with roller wheels at Costco. The love them and they don’t seem to be flimsy junk. On the other hand, how many trips do I expect Mickey to realistically make before he’s no longer in vogue? Unfortunately, our local Costco (and their online inventory) ...
by SwampDonkey
Thu May 13, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What luggage to buy for young children?
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

Re: What luggage to buy for young children?

chipaway wrote: ↑Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:18 pm A while back I saw a couple of young kids in the airport with these luggage/scooters and they were having a lot of fun with them!

https://www.amazon.com/Scooter-Suitcase ... r+Suitcase
Those would have been AMAZING to have as a kid.
by SwampDonkey
Thu May 13, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What luggage to buy for young children?
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

Re: What luggage to buy for young children?

Get a handful of identical generic black Costco Kirkland Signature rollaboards. They used to be really great but they keep changing the design so I don’t know how the current ones are. But whatever is the current top economical adult rollaboard on the market now. Buy some colored duct tape and let ...
by SwampDonkey
Thu May 13, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Boston w/ young family
Replies: 35
Views: 3087

Visiting Boston w/ young family

Taking the family up to Boston this summer for four nights. Four of us in all, two children under 8. We're thinking about staying downtown and we've been able to find some nice places for ~$300/night +$60/night for parking(!!!!!). Is the convenience of staying downtown worth paying 2x what we'd pay ...
by SwampDonkey
Fri May 07, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: pricing our house?
Replies: 121
Views: 13623

Re: pricing our house?

We're in the middle of selling our home FSBO in a hot market in FL. We listed it 2% above the Zillow estimate. This was right at RedFin's estimate and slightly above Realtor.com's estimate. Comp's from within the past 1-3 months were pulled from realtor.com and were below our asking price on a measu...
by SwampDonkey
Tue May 04, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: St. Augustine, FL
Replies: 25
Views: 3366

Re: St. Augustine, FL

In addition to what everyone else has mentioned, my family and I enjoyed the light house. The climb to the top is not for the feint of heart but the views at the top are incredible. The rest of the grounds are also neat to explore. Two Rick Steves'esque recommendations: 1. The have a small sweet sho...
by SwampDonkey
Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying land in subdivision, but build house from scratch
Replies: 27
Views: 2456

Re: Buying land in subdivision, but build house from scratch

An HOA that prohibits parking on the street. No way. This is actually one of my favorite rules in our HOA. It keeps our streets from being riddled with tons of parked cars and makes it easier to drive around and through (and easier access for emergency vehicles). It's also easier to see kids playin...
by SwampDonkey
Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What luggage to buy for young children?
Replies: 19
Views: 1321

What luggage to buy for young children?

Our young children are asking for their own suitcase/luggage. We'll happily oblige them as they are getting old enough they can now pull their own smallish suitcase through airports, etc. I'm a user (and fan) of the Eddie Bauer BIFL luggage. My DW is a user/fan of whatever can be found at Ross/TJ Ma...
by SwampDonkey
Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]
Replies: 60
Views: 7791

Re: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]

2cents2 wrote: ↑Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:06 am We recently visited Walla Walla, WA....
How was the visit to Walla Walla?
by SwampDonkey
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???
Replies: 18
Views: 2004

Re: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???

After reading some of their site, I now see that they have a prospective renter sign an agreement and qualify. Then the agent in the local market goes looking. Yeah, I did quite a bit of research on them this morning and it's an interesting business model. Prospective buyers who know they won't qua...
by SwampDonkey
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???
Replies: 18
Views: 2004

Re: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???

The open house is problematic because: - You let in realtors who then went looking for clients, including those that would have used Zillow (assuming you listed there) and found you without a realtor. Now they'll come to you and want a commission to bring the client. So, what did FSBO gain you? - Y...
by SwampDonkey
Sat Apr 24, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???
Replies: 18
Views: 2004

Re: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???

Lots of good responses here, I'll try and respond to all of the comments... "The agent who made me the offer on the company's behalf said they have two non-negotiables in their offer contract" Said? Have you received a signed written offer to purchase? What does it say? Who signed it? What...
by SwampDonkey
Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???
Replies: 18
Views: 2004

Re: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???

You priced too low. Never have open house. I would typically agree with you about open houses but with the amount of interest we've received on the home, it was impossible to manage individual showings. Well over 40 inquiries over the past 48 hours. With the number of offers we've received, I'm of ...
by SwampDonkey
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???
Replies: 18
Views: 2004

Re: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???

I don't have experience with them, but it's probably that they buy so many homes that they have strict procedures that are intended to reduce closing time and costs, since this is probably important to their business model. I think this indicates that your listing price was way too low, such that a...
by SwampDonkey
Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???
Replies: 18
Views: 2004

Re: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???

Nate79 wrote: ↑Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:17 pm What does your agent say about this?
FSBO so no agent.
by SwampDonkey
Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???
Replies: 18
Views: 2004

Selling home to "Home Partners of America" ???

Our home has been on the market for a few days. At least 60 potential buyers/agents have attended two open houses. Several offers have been made at or above asking price. However, the best offer we've received is from a company, not an individual(s). Has anyone ever sold a home or had any dealings w...
by SwampDonkey
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much $$ to get kitchen cabinets painted?
Replies: 42
Views: 4236

Re: How much $$ to get kitchen cabinets painted?

Hi, We live in MCOL and received a quote for $2,500. This was for 28 cabinet doors/drawers and an island. I decided to DIY and spent $290 for all supplies (including $100 for a paint gun from Amazon). It's been nearly two years and they still look great. I kept meticulous account of my time spent as...
by SwampDonkey
Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which U.S. military bases are the best locations to work as a civilian RN?
Replies: 19
Views: 2405

Re: Which U.S. military bases are the best locations to work as a civilian RN?

There isn't a good way to answer your question because there are too many unknowns about your specific situation. Single? Dependents? Hobbies? Like to travel? Food adventurous? Willing to be 1/2 the world away from friends and family? Warm, cold, or 4-seasons? Mountains? Ocean? Trying to save most o...
by SwampDonkey
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas or Tampa for retirement relocation?
Replies: 69
Views: 6164

Re: Las Vegas or Tampa for retirement relocation?

you're not going to find a 'nice house' in Tampa for $300 -$400K. In the outerlying areas, maybe. But not in Tampa itself. The nicest area of Tampa is known as South Tampa and nice houses are $700K and up. check zip code 33629 for starters. Disagree. Depending where they are looking, they can find ...
by SwampDonkey
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend nightly for hotels (leisure/vacation)?
Replies: 213
Views: 12989

Re: How much do you spend nightly for hotels (leisure/vacation)?

If it's a family vacation, we'll stay in a timeshare which averages out to ~$100/night, possibly less, and offers 1-2 bedrooms w/ a kitchen. If it's just a stopover on a family road trip, it's whatever offers free breakfast for the family and has solid reviews on safety and cleanliness. Don't think ...
by SwampDonkey
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A gift for DW
Replies: 58
Views: 4341

Re: A gift for DW

If you already have one child I assume the interior of her vehicle looks like she has a young child (messy!). I'd recommend having her vehicle fully detailed. Lots of "we'll come to your house" types on the local Facebook groups and the NextDoor app. In our area, you can get a full detail ...
by SwampDonkey
Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot Tub
Replies: 40
Views: 6939

Re: Hot Tub

We purchased a new one from a local hot-tub manufacturer. Random thoughts: 1. Don't pay extra for the all of the "cool" LEDs/lights; our tub probably has 25 lights on the interior perimeter and they are rarely used. Our kids enjoy them, the adults find them too bright. 2. Don't pay extra f...
by SwampDonkey
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Camping Stove - Upgrade?
Replies: 32
Views: 1799

Re: Camping Stove - Upgrade?

We just picked up this wood burning stove. Honestly, i haven't used it yet but it looks impressive. It also has a lifetime guarantee. https://www.solostove.com/solo-stove-campfire/ We bought this on Black Friday and recently used it for the first time. 100% recommend it. "Set-up" is liter...
by SwampDonkey
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House purchase agreement with appraisal gap clause
Replies: 9
Views: 896

Re: House purchase agreement with appraisal gap clause

I sold a home several years ago and ran into the issue of the appraisal being ~$30k below agreed upon asking price (mid ~$200k). Everyone involved agreed the appraiser did a horrible job and pulled comps which were nothing like the home that I was selling. Long story short, I wasn't willing to eat t...
by SwampDonkey
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Real Estate Agent vs. Redfin vs. FSBO advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 896

Re: Real Estate Agent vs. Redfin vs. FSBO advice?

Our most recent purchase was done without a buyer's agent and the seller was FSBO. We found the home via Zillow and completed all communications directly to the seller via text, call, or email. For paperwork, we agreed to a local RE attorney who charged ~$500 to ensure we did everything correctly. O...
by SwampDonkey
Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to remove smoke smell from clothes after a fire?
Replies: 23
Views: 2044

Re: How to remove smoke smell from clothes after a fire?

If you have a swimming pool, let them soak in the pool for a week (or more).
by SwampDonkey
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead golfers - Big Cedar Lodge
Replies: 10
Views: 1265

Re: Boglehead golfers - Big Cedar Lodge

My wife and I spent a few nights in Branson this past summer and spent a day at Big Cedar. Loved it. For food, we found a tiny little restaurant on the outskirts of Branson that had the best traditional breakfast we had had in years. Seriously. The place is small, seats maybe 30 people, and there's ...
by SwampDonkey
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is Being a Private Banking Client Worth it?
Replies: 165
Views: 57603

Re: Is Being a Private Banking Client Worth it?

I once interned for a private bank, that was a division of a major Wall Street institution, that catered to UHNW individuals and familes. The account minimums for the institution was generally $25M........... Very interesting read. The exchange fund idea makes complete sense; surprised this is the ...
by SwampDonkey
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: products with useful lifetime warranties
Replies: 48
Views: 2547

Re: products with useful lifetime warranties

Chaco sandals - after 10'ish years of use my soles were detaching from the rest of the sandal. Called Chaco, they told me to send them in. A few weeks later they mailed them back and they looked good as new.
by SwampDonkey
Fri Jan 01, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Very very warm Men’s Winter Coat
Replies: 67
Views: 5488

Re: Very very warm Men’s Winter Coat

I just purchased the following from Eddie Bauer, it is not rated quite as warm as the one above but I liked the look of it a little better and found enough reviews by people comfortable wearing it in frigid weather with just a t-shirt: https://www.eddiebauer.com/p/10112093/mens-boundary-pass-parka?...
by SwampDonkey
Wed Dec 30, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Very very warm Men’s Winter Coat
Replies: 67
Views: 5488

Re: Very very warm Men’s Winter Coat

I have this coat. It’s extra long and really keeps out the cold. When I wear it for snowblowing I have a t-shirt underneath and still have to open it up. At below zero temperatures. Looks like it’s on sale. https://www.eddiebauer.com/p/10112338/men%27s-superior-down-stadium-coat?sp=1&color=Dk%2...
by SwampDonkey
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cord cutting 2020 - Youtube TV
Replies: 142
Views: 12981

Re: Cord cutting 2020 - Youtube TV

Our biggest hiccup when it comes to cutting the cord is the Hallmark channel. As it currently stands, my kids watch 50% YouTube videos and the other 50% divided between Disney+, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. I only watch football but I can find that online if need be. Occasionally I'll watch a tv serie...
by SwampDonkey
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Killed grass with too much fertilizer
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: Killed grass with too much fertilizer

Update: I just tested the pH of our grass using a 3-in-1 probe from Amazon. pH looks to be extremely low at 5.0; based upon my internet research, the pH should be between 6.3 and 7.5 for St. Augustine. I initially thought the probe may have been broken/needing calibrated but I walked 10 steps into m...
by SwampDonkey
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Killed grass with too much fertilizer
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: Killed grass with too much fertilizer

Do you have a couple months to wait or are you required to correct this ASAP if it’s in the front yard in a HOA neighborhood? Are you sure it’s dead rather than dormant? It’s going to take awhile for the chemicals to leach out of soil. Unless you add a lot of bee top soil to the affected areas, gra...
by SwampDonkey
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Killed grass with too much fertilizer
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Re: Killed grass with too much fertilizer

Here’s my tip, but probably not one you want. Just keep it in the back of your mind; perhaps one day you’ll think about it again. Get over the lawn thing. Go meadow. Pollinators and animals will thank you. When we lived rural, that's exactly what we did. Loved it. We now live in a HOA neighborhood....
by SwampDonkey
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Killed grass with too much fertilizer
Replies: 51
Views: 3316

Killed grass with too much fertilizer

We live in the SE and have St Augustine grass in our yard. I've been applying Scotts "weed'n'feed" 2-3x/year over the past couple of years (how long we've owned the home). That, combined with manually pulling weeds when they appear has worked well for us and our yard has gone from question...
by SwampDonkey
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar Pool Heating
Replies: 26
Views: 1220

Re: Solar Pool Heating

My questions: 1) How well does the heating work? Is the pool swim-able in January? 2) Maintenance required? I've been looking at the system layouts and they seem pretty simple. 3) Cost. Is what I'm hearing consistent with what you know/spent? I, personally, think $4-5.5k is pretty reasonable consid...
by SwampDonkey
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Truck Purchase
Replies: 105
Views: 7878

Re: New Truck Purchase

I've owned 4 pickups over the years. All had their pros and cons. If money were not a concern and I needed to buy a truck now, I'd go with the Ram. Head and shoulders above everything else currently on the market. I think the 2021 F-150 will give the Ram a run for its' money. In the end much of it ...
by SwampDonkey
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Truck Purchase
Replies: 105
Views: 7878

Re: New Truck Purchase

I've owned 4 pickups over the years. All had their pros and cons. Dodge Ram - V8 - Quad Cab - 4x4 --- Easily my favorite truck. Extremely smooth when driving. TONS of power. Towed 10k lbs across the country and the truck had zero issues, even when crossing the Rockies. The quad cab back seat was too...
by SwampDonkey
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the best money you have spent on professional development?
Replies: 16
Views: 1816

Re: What is the best money you have spent on professional development?

This is more of a missed opportunity on money I spent towards my development. I was near the end of my MBA and taking a general IT/technology course. The instructor was in the IT industry and during one class our lesson sidetracked into which technology companies looked to be the most promising from...
by SwampDonkey
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New MacBook Pro with M1 processor
Replies: 129
Views: 10347

Re: New MacBook Pro with M1 processor

I'm a Boglehead at heart so I've never been able to justify paying 2x the money for an Apple laptop vs a comparable Windows laptop. After considerable research and a recommendation here on Bogleheads, I bought the LG Gram laptop from Costco a few weeks ago for ~$1250. Then the M1 happened. My curios...
by SwampDonkey
Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 39 Year-Old Offered Pension Lump Sum Buyout - Take It?
Replies: 74
Views: 6634

Re: 39 Year-Old Offered Pension Lump Sum Buyout - Take It?

Several others have suggested waiting to see if they come back with a better offer. Can you instead take the initiative and provide them an acceptable buyout amount? For instance, they offered you $26.5k; is it conceivable to go back to them and tell them you would accept at $30k? I don't work in co...