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2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2008, 18:41
So whats up with my fellow class of 2010 these final days? Whose working? Whose traveling? Whose has already moved? Whose second guessing? How those house sales going?

We just had accepted an offer on our house, after like 20+ showings and 3 months on the market. Hopefully everything goes smoothly from here on out...with the way the market is these days buyers seem to be pretty flakey. I have heard more than a few horror stories recently including a co-worker of my wife whose sale fell through the day before they closing. I just dont want to deal with a house half way across the country when I am in school...and renting was a no go. I know a bunch of other people here are/were trying to sell, I wish you guys the best because I can definitely relate with how horrible this part has been.

My wife and I have decided that renting a uhaul and doing all the work ourselves wont save a huge amount of money. Especially if we hire people to move furniture out of our house and then into our condo. I am now starting to gather quotes for moving companies, we will be having our stuff taken at the very end of July and move into our place in Evanston around August 4/5th. Having someone do all the work and have it insured against damage is just worth the extra grand (actually probably less) at this point. After all thats just a drop in the bucket when you total up the rest of everything.

I only have a week left of work...its now becoming very interesting. My replacement goofs off all day, I mean he literally spends 3/4 of his day doing the following sleeping, playing chess online, writing a fantasy novel (its about werewolves I think), oh and dumping food on the floor of his cube much to the horror of our cleaning lady. He returns from a 10 day vacation tomorrow so he is about to get torn a new one. He is going through a divorce so I would feel bad if his attitude about it wasnt so terrible and if he made even the slightest effort. Needless to say I will be missed but I also am getting out at a great time.

I still haven't finished Kellogg's online courses, I figure once I am done with work and the house inspection and everything is settled I can get to that. We also have to do some shopping for our KWEST trip and of course visit family before we leave. I also have to finalize school loans. I figure I will do that this week or weekend. Without paying for the house and our rent I definitely wont need as much so its time to rerun the numbers.

Now its time to sell stuff...Car, tools, furniture, then junk the rest of it. Already donated 2k worth of stuff to goodwill and that hasnt even made a big dent. ARGH.
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2008, 23:07
hey river, congrats on getting a bid for the house!! Unfortunately, I'm still mired in the condo-sale process. Dropped the price by $20K and still not even ONE offer after almost 60 days! Currently I'm looking into contingency plans. I may try to have it list for 3-4 months (going 1-2 months into my school start date) and hope to get a bid. Or I can rent it out for 6-12 months, and cover my tuition, expenses, and the mortgage shortfall (rent won't cover the mortgage) by taking out a Home Equity Line of Credit. Right now my credit union offers 4.25% on HELOCs, so for a 1 year period, that would be better than taking out Grad PLUS loans (and even the Stafford unsubsidized loans). I just hope something works out in the end.

Next Wednesday is my official last day at work. Went in today for my "one day a week" schedule to clean out a little and answer questions for people who are taking over my work. Life has been good with slow unpacking, playing sports, watching the Wimbledon, and other small errands that pop up. My last trip before school starts is a long weekend in Vancouver visiting a friend in 2 weekends, so that should be fun.

As for the move, it's TOTALLY worth it to pay for movers. I was going to do the move myself, but ended up paying for 2 movers for about 10 hours (roughly $1000 + tip) and having them do the entire move out, pack in truck, and move in. I helped out to save some time, but it saved me TONS of headache!

Other than that, just looking forward to when all my future classmates move into the Berkeley area, the math/communications camp (starting August 4th) and Orientation (2 weeks after that). There are some recommended readings, but most people tell me that I don't need to do it, so I won't. :P

Anything else? I hope to get my pictures from China, Peru (2007) and Europe (2006) all processed and put online before school starts, hahaha. :)
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2008, 04:11
Congrats on getting the bid, river! And hope the condo sale works out, kry. I'm a renter, so nothing to report on that front.

I've got about two weeks left at my internship. After that I'll be taking a month of R&R in Europe; should be able to stay with friends and family in most of my destinations, so the wallet won't take too much of a hit. When I get back to the US I'll have roughly two weeks to wrap things up and prepare for the (ugh) move.

With respect to preparation... I still have to complete a few of the pre-matriculation requirements, including some proficiency tests. Sigh. I should probably get to 'em.
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2008, 06:42
I decided to go the landlord route. I am in South Florida, and there is no way my place would sell for a reasonable price in this market. My condo has been rented out since May, and I can say that I hate being a landlord. My tenant pays on time, but him and his girlfriend find every little thing wrong with my place. The most recent one, and the funniest one, is that my stove does not boil a big pot of water and pasta fast enough. I replied to them, asking if it boils a small pot of water. Sure enough it did, so I told them it obviously gets to 212 degrees +, so cover the big pot to help it achieve boiling point faster. Unreal. Oh well, at least they pay on time.

I am going on my third week since leaving work. I talked to my boss already, and they have not found a replacement yet. I guess it's hard to fill my shoes. 8-) During my past two weeks of "retirement" I've been working on Columbia's Pre-MBA coursework. The math portion was a lot more extensive than I thought it would be, but it was a great review of statistics, as well as other areas. I still have a few more courses and assessments to take, so it will probably take me another couple of weeks to finish everything, given that I have other things to tidy up before I leave. I also finally ordered my laptop and bought and configured a blackberry.

Ths weekend I am going to NYC to find an apartment. I have been making appointments to see various places throughout Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The prices are not too bad in the UWS, but we'll see how it is when I actually get there!

Other than that, I spend my time going to the gym, doing Pre-MBA coursework, and pretty much reading and relaxing before I go to NYC on August 2nd. Not too shabby!
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2008, 07:49
It's good to hear how everyone is doing. DJ, I do not blame you for renting in south florida. No point in foregoing future gains to sell at much lower price than you can get in 1 to 2 years from now. Kryz, good luck on the condo.

I will be at work until July 25th and then moving to New Haven on Aug 1. My wife and I have already found an apt and will be spending Aug 4-8 in NYC for a mini-vacation and then hitting up some of the CT beaches before orientation on Aug 14.

Good luck to everyone.
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2008, 08:05
Hi everyone,

Congrats River on the accepted bid! I also went the landlord route - luckily all good so far.

I am still traveling and will be until two weeks before school. Currently in Stockholm and partying like whoa. Next up is more partying in Helsinki and Finland. For pictures and a recap check out worldin80days.blogspot.com
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2008, 08:52
Still working.... I would have quit about this week except the severance package they offered will pay for a good chunk of tuition this year.

I feel like I am just killing time right now both at work and at home. I can't wait to get on the road, although the drive to AA is going to suck.
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2008, 12:01
[quote="djhouse81"The most recent one, and the funniest one, is that my stove does not boil a big pot of water and pasta fast enough. I replied to them, asking if it boils a small pot of water. Sure enough it did, so I told them it obviously gets to 212 degrees +, so cover the big pot to help it achieve boiling point faster. Unreal. Oh well, at least they pay on time.[/quote]

Classic...maybe you should practice some math skills and provide an estimate of boiling times based on the volume of the water and the setting of the stove. Make a nice chart and then maybe even a graph haha.
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2008, 19:40
riverripper wrote:
[quote="djhouse81"The most recent one, and the funniest one, is that my stove does not boil a big pot of water and pasta fast enough. I replied to them, asking if it boils a small pot of water. Sure enough it did, so I told them it obviously gets to 212 degrees +, so cover the big pot to help it achieve boiling point faster. Unreal. Oh well, at least they pay on time.


Classic...maybe you should practice some math skills and provide an estimate of boiling times based on the volume of the water and the setting of the stove. Make a nice chart and then maybe even a graph haha.[/quote]

Tempting, but given the math workload that I recently completed for CBS, I think I will pass. Otherwise, that would have been good practice! However, I don't think it would have satisfied my tenants...nothing seems to satisfy them! Oh well, at least they pay on time (notice I have to keep repeating that to myself).
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2008, 18:41
Our buyers have their inspection of our house tomorrow...hopefully everything goes smoothly.

We are still trying to get quotes on shipping stuff this is a lot harder than one would thing. Its tough to figure out how many boxes you will be bringing if you havent even started packing.

We are starting to craigslist tons of stuff now. Hoping to sell enough junk to pay for our Kwest trip. $500 down only another $3000 to go haha.
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2008, 21:33
geez loans are HARD to get these days... spoke with the loan officer, and she's concerned that my mortgage/HOA + car payments add up to about 60% of my gross income per month (I'm now part time), even though the fact is that my equity in the condo is about 3x the amount I want in the HELOC, and that my credit score is very very high. Sigh. I'm just glad I'm opening this line right before I quit my job next week. I should have had a credit line open a few years ago when I had a full salary. Hope it goes through!
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 05:29
how am I spending my last days before school? ... I am worrying about my loan for school getting apprived :(
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Re: 2010...How are you spending your last days before school? [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2008, 10:50
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how am I spending my last days before school? ... I am worrying about my loan for school getting apprived :(


I hear ye brother... just got rejected for HELOC because my condo is on the market, yet I need the HELOC to take the condo off the market and rent it out to weather the storm a little... Catch-22...
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