Today I learned that poison ivy grew as a vine on trees. I had no idea! It explains the really bad poison ivy rash I got last week!
We’ve been living at the house for around a week now. So far so good! There’s a lot of work to be done, and we’re talking with a lot of folks in the trades. There are some pressing issues to fix right now. First up is hiring an arborist. We have beautiful trees on the…
We bought a house!
We closed on our house today! We originally planned to closed in April, but due to the Coronavirus crisis, we pushed the closing a month. Everyone involved decided that a “remote closing” would be most appropriate at this time. On Wednesday, we wired a large amount of money to our attorney, Jamie Abrams of Bass…
Government approval received
Our lawyers and realtors tell us that the Church received approval from the courts for the sale! One the title search and insurance company signs off, we should be able to schedule a closing. We hope to close by the end of March or in early April!
Views of the house
We went up to visit the Manse today. We mainly wanted to see the back property lines after being staked by the surveyor. We walked around the house; I took some photos. The surveyor did a great job of staking the back property line; we now know where the property ends and the Sparta Cemetery…
Hired a surveyor
Part of a closing process is getting Title Insurance. Investopedia has a great definition of Title Insurance. Basically, it insures that the title of the property does not have any liens against the property, and that what you are buying is what you think you are buying. The seller of the property hires a title…
We learned from the Church’s realtor last night that the Presbytery approved the sale. We’re waiting on the official minutes, but this is a big step forward!
Contract moving forward
Our deposit check was cashed on January 14, so our project is moving forward! Next steps are Church approval followed by state approval!
About the property
The Manse is located at 191 Revolutionary Road in the village of Briarcliff Manor, New York. It’s part of the Scarborough Historic District. A “manse” is the residence of a Presbyterian minister when it is owned by the church (other terms for similar homes are parsonages, clergy houses, or rectories). The cornerstone of the Scarborough…
Today, our lawyer let us know that she had received a fully signed copy of the contract. This means that we are in contract to purchase The Manse in Briarcliff Manor. It’s exciting: at this point, we’ve made a large commitment to purchase the property. The next steps are: Have our earnest money deposited (10%…