Posts Tagged ‘Mrs. Shadow Buyer’

How I Bought a $19 Million House (in a sense)

August 31, 2010
The Joys of Home Ownership

"The Joys of Home Ownership"

Fans of Westside Shadow Buyer, and they are legion, have followed the saga of the Shadowbuyer family since 2009.  As I wrote from the get-go, I am real, but I’m not a realtor.  And, real people have to deal with the realities of life.  Fortunately, my reality is pretty great.

After exhibiting extreme patience (and comparative, but not extreme frugality) for nearly 10 years, my reality in the last couple of years has pointed to, “it’s time to buy a home in Los Angeles.”   I managed to miss the last couple of  years of economic badness that has hurt so many recent home buyers, and to keep dry and ready a nice chunk of money.

So, when it came time to buy  something, I figured I’d be good to go.

Ah, so naive. (more…)


Shadowbuyer’s Residential Clock Is Ticking

February 9, 2010

Hello, Shadowbuyer fans.   The pace is quickening.  Since my last real post, we’ve made some progress on multiple fronts, but still have no transactions to report.

My residential clock is ticking.

As you may have read in the comments to my prior post, after the holidays we launched a 5-point attack on some long-listed homes in our target areas.  Some of those offers yielded no response, others earned us counters.  We countered on some of them, but didn’t hit the bid or close the deal in any of the situations.

So, it was back to the drawing board.

Now, I may not have mentioned this to the group, but if you saw her in person, there would be no question in your mind, so I’ll tell you – Mrs. Shadowbuyer is pregnant.  Like, very pregnant.  That means that we have a special kind of time pressure at hand.

Let’s call it the “residential clock,” a play on the biological clock.  The logic on the biological clock goes like this (single ladies out there, am I right?):  if I don’t meet THE guy by age 36, date him for a year, get engaged, then plan and have a wedding within a year of getting engaged, and get pregnant ON THE HONEYMOON, then I’m at risk of being 40 and childless, so I have to make this happen RIGHT NOW!

The residential clock works like this:  our baby is due on June 1 (he’s not, but let’s (more…)

Gasping For Breath In the Salt Air

December 8, 2009

Under water, and feeling scared.

This whole home search has become bogged down.  I’ve got a life-savings-sized pile of loot ready to go, a wife and daughter who have taken to declaring that they’ll do this or that, “once we get into our new house,” and even I have just about had it with the indignities of our current rental situation, lovely, and even enviable, as it may be.

Why the bogginess, you ask?  It’s the sellers.  The over-leveraged, overambitious (circa 2006) home “owners” who went for the brass ring, and realize now that the free ride they were looking for was merely a mirage.

As an example, let me tell you about the perfect house we found.  It’s really nearly perfect for us.  (more…)

Nimrod! And, introducing Mrs. Shadow Buyer

October 10, 2009

Nimrod. Beckwith. Brinkley. Oceano. Saltair. Centinela. Carmelina. Franklin.

These are not pet names that my wife calls me, but rather the names of some of the streets that she would love to live on.  If you live on one of these streets, or if you know someone who does, and you or they are considering selling a home, whether the home is currently listed for sale or not, please drop me an email.

From time to time, Mrs. Shadow Buyer and Baby Shadow Buyer’s wants and likes will be detailed here.  As we often say in the Shadow Buyer household, “say what you want.”

Enough said.