Yesterday during my drive into work I realized I left my running shoes at home.
If I forget to pack socks in my gym bag I can still make due, but I can’t run without my running shoes. I guess I could give barefoot running a try but I don’t want to. I am terrified of things stabbing me in the bottom of my foot. I don’t even like to walk barefoot around the house!
I’m pretty sure this foot fear stems from a childhood friend once stepping on a screw and getting it stuck in the bottom of her foot. I could be misremembering that — or it could have been something I saw on tv — or just an irrational fear of mine that I’m remembering as being real! Who knows but the fear is REAL! I even get anxious when I see other people walking around barefoot.
One time I watched a scene in a running documentary that showed Anton Krupicka running barefoot in some grass … oy. I legit had to look away until the scene was over!
Since I forgot my running shoes I decided I would just go home after work and run on the treadmill.
I’m becoming seriously spoiled by these air conditioned runs! I need to get back outside asap before my heat conditioning wears off :).
When I was done with my run I treated myself to a smoothie. Generally speaking my rule is that I get a nice cold smoothie after a super hot outdoor run but you know what? I just really wanted some mango.
So, you might remember that Adam and I were planning to put an offer in on a condo. The night before we put the offer in we did a TON of research on the condo market in our area. All the research indicates that right now a lot of sellers are trying to cash in by selling at inflated prices in our area.
In addition to online research I reached out to a local real estate investor to ask him what he thought about the condo buildings Adam and I are considering and he was able to give me SO MUCH INSIGHT. If anyone else is looking to purchase a house or condo I would highly suggest getting in touch with an experienced local real estate investor whose willing to chat with you. This investor was able to tell me about land leases for certain buildings, what is being planned to be built on empty lots near other buildings, etc.
For instance, there is one high rise we’re looking at that has an empty lot across the street from it. I was worried that if another high rise went up there it would block my view — but he said a Whole Foods is planned to break ground there in the next year. That’s really great insight that no one else was able to tell me about.
After learning more about the market conditions I realized the offer we were going to put in on the condo would probably mean we would be overspending. At the same time I knew if we put in a lower offer we likely wouldn’t get the condo.
As much as I loved the condo the last thing I want to do is make a bad investment, so we put in a lower offer than we originally planned and it was rejected. I wasn’t totally surprised but I was a little sad since the condo had such great views of the ocean and the city. The condo is still on the market and maybe the seller will eventually lower his price.
That being said the investor told me he wouldn’t personally buy in that building because the association leases the land from the county and when the lease is up the county will jack up the prices and the association will have to increase the HOA fee — which is already almost $800/mo. Not for nothing, but that’s already almost another mortgage payment on top of the mortgage payment. If I was living there and the HOA fee went up I might have to start selling Cecil’s very soft fur on the black market.
To be fair he does have the softest fur of any cat ever and I believe I could get good money for it.
Anyway, that is probably WAY more than you ever wanted to know about the condo real estate market in Fort Lauderdale. If you read through all of that you are a good friend! Let me know anytime you need someone to listen to you ramble on about things like I just did and I’ll be your girl!
Happy Thursday :).
When you found your house did you just know it was THE ONE?
What’s your favorite smoothie combination?