Tales of an RSF Buyer (The Final Chapter)

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Submitted by raptorduck on May 19, 2008 - 6:58pm

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Submitted by atr on May 19, 2008 - 7:13pm.

I've enjoyed reading your posts all along. . . they were well thought out and well written. Thanks for sharing your story, and congratulations on the new home!

Submitted by Enorah on May 19, 2008 - 7:25pm.

Congratulations Raptorduck. I wish you much joy and happiness in your new home!

We moved down from Western Sonoma County a year ago and love North San Diego County.

Submitted by jpinpb on May 19, 2008 - 7:52pm.

Yes. Congratulations! I think everyone enjoyed hearing the saga and trials and tribulations. Quite a successful happy ending.

Submitted by bonfire on May 19, 2008 - 7:52pm.

Welcome Home Raptorduck!
I have enjoyed reading your posts along the way. They are always enjoyable and informative, in true Piggington style. Having sold my little mountain house in '06, I am very grateful for the advice found here which prompted me to price right and sell when I did. Love North San Diego County and all its's peeps too!

Submitted by Coronita on May 19, 2008 - 8:02pm.

Congrats man!. It's a great area.  I really like the nature and community.





----- Sour grapes for everyone!

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 19, 2008 - 8:42pm.

Contratulations! FBR is one of my faves. One of my son's friends lives in the largest property in FBR (40+ acres and about 30,000 sq ft of living space if you can believe it). Perhaps we'll pass at the gate.


Submitted by NotCranky on May 19, 2008 - 9:38pm.

That sounds great Raptorduck. I think I'll go cruise the pendings and see if I can figure out which one it is! Congrats on selling your house up there so fast.

Submitted by nostradamus on May 19, 2008 - 9:48pm.

Congrats Raptor. Upload photos!

Did you really almost get a divorce over this or were you joking?

Submitted by SD Realtor on May 19, 2008 - 11:49pm.

Raptor that is really good to hear. You have done a great job and personally I was rooting for FBR simply because it has a soft spot in my heart as well.

SD Realtor

Submitted by flyer on May 20, 2008 - 1:20am.

As a fellow RSF resident--welcome! We've always loved being here, and it just gets better every year.

Everything on earth is temporary (you clearly realize this when you turn 40). It can all be gone in an instant.

This realization makes you want to live each moment to the max--and that's just what you have done by making this decision.


Submitted by djc on May 20, 2008 - 2:52am.

Congratulations on your new home! I have enjoyed reading your posts and learned a bit from them. Glad to see your existing house sold to close that book also.

Submitted by Ex-SD on May 20, 2008 - 5:02am.

Congratulations!! I think you will really enjoy FBR. My former attorney used to live there and he loved it.

Submitted by raptorduck on May 20, 2008 - 7:10am.

sdrealtor. That sounds like that estate in North Gate at Calle Campeseco. It looks amazing, with lakes and all (well from Zillow anyway).

rus. Don't out me to the con artists in Nigeria, but it should post soon.

nostradamus. We are still married, but never underestimate the ability of an 18 month home search to undermine the foundation of a relationship.

I should also thank OCRenter and his board, which helped open my eyes to flippers in particular. I have toured a couple homes he has profiled. One in the covenant is still on the market after an over $1M price drop. Interestingly, its owners live in FBR. I actually like the house and considered an offer on it, but my wife vetoed it. It needs work, but the flipper remodel was a pretty good job, for a flipper remodel.

Submitted by EconProf on May 20, 2008 - 7:08am.

Congrats, Raptor. We've all benefited from your thoughtful reflections.
Your list of Tips to Sellers should be given by Realtors to prospective customers.
A final observation...this shows the value of maintaining cordial relations with sellers and their agents even if you don't initially strike a deal. One never knows when they may come to their senses after the market disciplines them.

Submitted by raptorduck on May 20, 2008 - 7:23am.

Arivaderci Santaluz!

Believe it or not, I am going through some Santaluz withdrawl. I think the place gets a bad rap here and elsewhere and I will defend its honor every chance I get. Price distress and distressed owners do not make an area a bad place to live, just a risky place to own if you are a short term owner. If you are not, Santaluz is a great place to live and own and your water bill will be a fraction of what it will be in FBR.

FBR was my first choice after all. I am very partial to lush landscaping and the custom estates in FBR won me over, but we plan on making our slighlty used FBR home look a lot like a Santaluz Tuscan or Andalusian beauty. We plan to join the Santaluz clubs (assuming I can talk my wife into it of course.) Santaluz was a close second to FBR for me, at least emotionally.

For my wife there was a massive gap between FBR and any other place. It was a no brainer for her. Santaluz was once second on her list, but I think Diegueno Hills (which I loved too) pushed it to third on her list. The first time she visited FBR, she said "this is where I want to die."

The first time I saw Santaluz, I was like, "what is with the dessert theme?" I think we react negatively at first to things that are different from what we are accustomed. But boy did it grown on me, maybe not enough to displace FBR, but I developed an affection for my state of mind everytime I visted the place. It is Tuscany revisited. So creative was its master plan, that it is unlike anythying else around. Everything grew on me in a land with tight restrictions on what can grow there. Even the circular (privacy first) custom lots. The homes were walks through Ovid for me on some days, Andalusia on others.

Submitted by NotCranky on May 20, 2008 - 7:38am.

No worries Raptorduck. It will be fun when YOU decide to post the property!

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 20, 2008 - 7:47am.

That's the one! The lake area at the base of their property looks like Central Park in NYC. Their pool clubhouse is bigger and nicer than most homes. And they are some of the kindest and most humble people you could ever hope to meet.

Submitted by Coronita on May 20, 2008 - 7:55am.


Slightly off topic. Since you'll be living in FBR with most likely ample garaged parking...Have you reconsidered bring down that RS4? The good news is unlike bimmers, there aren't too many RS's down here. And plus it is a excellent sleeper, as only discerning eyes really know what they are. I'm sure the socaleuro and SD audi euthusiasts would love to see you.

( Sorry, I know... always selfishly thinking about myself :) )



----- Sour grapes for everyone!

Submitted by CBad on May 20, 2008 - 9:50am.

Congrats! I've enjoyed reading your updates on your search and I'm glad you found the right match. Good luck in your new home.

Submitted by raptorduck on May 20, 2008 - 11:08am.

FLU. No bites on the RS4 yet. It seems folks don't want a 420hp not so economical family car. So, as of now, it is heading with me to SD sometime in June.

Submitted by JustLurking on May 20, 2008 - 11:21am.

Congratulations! I am sure you will be very happy in your new home. I agree with you that Santa Luz is very nice, with some beautiful homes, but from a value/pricing perspective I think you made the far better choice.

When you get ready to start on your projects, I may be able to recommend some people. I know a great landscaper, pool guy, wood floor installer, etc.

Good luck and welcome to the area!

Submitted by raptorduck on May 20, 2008 - 1:17pm.

Incidentally, recall in my Part 3 post, I noted that I blew it on buying the perfect home at the perfect price, in part, due to being distracted by a larger, more expensive home. Well that was the one I bought. After loosing that other one, I am happy time brought the seller on this one down on price and I ended up with the one that distracted me to begin with.

JL. Thanks for the offer. I will probably start doing stuff to the new house in July after I move in and may be asking for those construction references.

Submitted by Pichon on May 20, 2008 - 4:03pm.

Hi Raptor. Congrats on finally pulling the trigger. I responded to one of your early posts that a better home will come along. I think a few homes actually lowered their prices once they heard you bought, taking another precious buyer out of the eligible pool. I have benefitted from your research and opinions, and thank you for the effort, from which I enjoyed from afar. Good luck.

Submitted by anxvariety on May 20, 2008 - 7:26pm.

Any of the people in FBR or RSF self made? Interested in the 5000ft view of how you did it.

Submitted by Raybyrnes on May 20, 2008 - 7:40pm.


Diappointed that you bought for the selfish reason of enjoying your thread. Best of Luck. Welsocome back to the area.

Submitted by CMcG on May 20, 2008 - 7:56pm.


Serious question: Are you writing a book about this experience? I have ghosted numerous books, and I have no interest in telling your story (you do well enough on your own). Just curious as to why you chronicled it here.

Submitted by sdduuuude on May 20, 2008 - 8:55pm.

RD - it's been fun living vicariously through you.

Meetup at raptorduck's place !

Submitted by megabear on May 20, 2008 - 9:20pm.

I'm going to miss your posts and thorough analysis.
Best of luck to you and your family in your new home.

Submitted by raptorduck on May 21, 2008 - 5:53am.

CMcG. I came to this site after dredging the web for insider information on SD real estate. I found exactly what I was looking for and obtained lots of info and advice from a group of analytical, mostly contrarian, folks who not only educated me, but also calibrated my notion of market conditions in favor of the cautious.

The only way I could return the favor was to provide the exact same thing people on this site love and give, data. So I chronicled my journey here. In return, I got even more information and great advice so I let my fingers fly more and off went the symbiotic circle.

I don't plan on dissapearing from this site just because I bought a house. Heck, I won't be able to move in until a few weeks after I move down there so will be renting on the beach until then. I enjoy the various discussions here and hope to continue to contribute, albeit with more concise posts.

Submitted by raptorduck on May 21, 2008 - 6:48am.

anxvariety. Your going to get an honest and open answer because your question struck a nerve. Somebody asked me that this past week and I was taken aback that they even would think I was successful, let alone self made. I was like, "why are you asking me?"

That is at once a difficult question and an easy question to answer.

The easy answer is unremarkable. Hard work. Nothing can replace hard work or its drivers: perserverance, determination, and motivation. In fact, I have always said with resolve that perseverance, determination, and motivation are more valuable than genius, talent, and skill.

I have co-founded a handful of companies. Half were successful, half were complete flops. All took hard work. I don't have any hidden secrets, no unusual talents, no gifts or remarkable skills. I only have my resolve. I have a ton of undergraduate and graduate education and attended great institutions, but know folks more educated and far more "successful" than I. In college, fellow honors students often mistook me for being smart or gifted. Little did they know that I had to work and study twice as hard as they, just to be able to look them in the eye. I have a dream job (my version of one) that I had to work increadibly hard to get, succeed at, and continue to work hard to keep in terms of meeting the performance standard of expectation. So my answer is nothing remarkable. Nothing can take the place of old fashion hard work. There are no shortcuts in my book.

The difficult answer is not worth attempting. Success is measured in many different ways. I don't say I am successful to the external world, though sometimes it says so to me. I am successful to myself. I have met my goals in life. But my success may be another's failure. Everything is relative. We have spoken of wealth on this board before and debated its meaning. A similiar discussion could develop with success. If I loose my job tomorrow, will I still feel successful? My wife? We write our own success stories. The outside world does not determine whether we are successful, we do. Self made means making yourself who you want to be. Success is a state of mind, not a state of affairs.

I never rest on my laurels, never get too confident in my state of affairs. Life could turn in a moment. Nothing is guaranteed or given. Paranoia can cripple, but a little dose in the background keeps one motivated to keep moving and pushing to improve, however that improvement may be measured.

Relativity is an amazing equalizer. I have friends so much wealthier, smarter, more interesting, successful (by my measures) than I, that I never loose my drive to constantly improve and push myself. If I have any "secret" it is that I always strive to be the dumbest person in the room or slowest in my running crew. By doing that I am always pushing myself to improve, because it becomes obvious there is much room for improvement.

People at the top can get complacent, lazy, and overconfident and they stop improving. It really is hard to stay on top. I never want to reach the top, the climb is too much fun. Climbing the moutain makes you feel alive. Sitting on the summit just makes you realize you might fall off, get pushed off, or feel anxious to get off so you can start another ascent.

Please excuse my early morning motivational-speaker-babble. I said a lot without saying much at all. I don't mean to imply that I have any wisdom on life, success, or whatever and I stole the concept of hard work from folks who have worked much harder than I. Standing on the shoulders of giants and all that. If you ever met me, you would be unimpressed. That is how I like it. I strive to underwealm.

(so much for my concise post promise above. I often feel I don't have much to say and then I say a lot)

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