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Home heating nerds - what does "hydronic heat" mean to you?

12 April 2014 - 04:46 PM

House I'm looking at has this.  According to the broker, it's "state of the art," and the kind of heating system they put in all the nice homes these days.  She doesn't seem to know a damn thing about it.  I've done some reading online and it's not totally clear to me.  Anyone know wtf this means?  TIA

Trust a real estate broker on proposed price for sale of your home?

09 April 2014 - 08:15 AM

Putting our house on the market.  Broker came back with a price that was close to what we expected, but I think a little low given some of the garbage we have seen listed at much higher prices.  Of course, it's hard to be totally objective about your own house.


I'm usually a "trust the professionals" kind of guy, but in this instance, I assume a real estate broker has the incentive to list as low as possible to get a sale done fast.  Sure, they could get a few more dollars if they list higher, but they're only getting 6% (or maybe 3%) of the difference, and really it seems to me they just would like to show it a couple times and get a deal done.


Am I right in my thinking?  I'd like to tell them I want to list like $50k higher than their suggestion, but I don't want to be unreasonable either.


House nerds, whatcha got?  TIA

Vacationing with a newborn + toddler?

28 March 2014 - 06:25 AM

Anyone ever do this?  It possible?  We're losing our minds through this NY winter and I'd love to use some travel points to get my wife and I (and we'd have to take the kids) to Puerto Rico for a 3 day weekend.  A little sun would be good for everyone.  I'm thinking of doing this when the newborn is 3-4 months or so.  The toddler will be 3 and is getting to the point where she can fend for herself somewhat.  


Am I nuts for even considering this?  What the hell do parents with babies do, just never vacation for like 5 years??




ETA - we would stay at a high end hotel which has some reliable babysitting services, so it's possible my wife and I could get some beach time/a dinner alone one night.  I'm assuming these things are safe at the top hotels, but I'm sure Mrs. O will refuse and assume the kids will be kidnapped.  Thoughts?


22 March 2014 - 10:26 PM


Bieber = Awesome

10 March 2014 - 07:15 PM

Exhibit A