yumansun's Profile

Display Name: yumansun
Member Since: 8/9/08

Latest Comments...

This is specific to buying foreclosures (I've been in an interminable process since February trying to close on a two-family foreclosure in Medford--and as far as buying a foreclosure goes, everything above totally applies, but you've also got to be prepared for pretty much anything and everything to go wrong, and have virtually no ability to negotiate, which is incredibly frustrating), but there was a recent court case in the Massachusetts Land Court (March 26, 2009) that essentially invalidated the title on a huge percentage of Massachusetts foreclosures (its intent was to force banks to be more diligent about paperwork, which is great, but by making it retroactive, it put hundreds of properties in limbo, utterly void of title, where banks are unable to legally sell them but the previous owner can't own them either). We were supposed to close a week ago (well, three weeks ago, but it got pushed back, and back, and back...), and the day before closing found out that we couldn't get title insurance because our foreclosure was one of the ones affected by this case. It's scheduled to be reconsidered on May 20th, but in the meantime, the odds of being able to close on a foreclosure are much slimmer than anyone would like.

I guess the main moral there is make sure you get title insurance, no matter what, and don't expect anything to go smoothly with a foreclosure.


Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Questions: Advice for First-Time Home Buyers?
4/29/09 04:27 PM

Weekly meal planning. Saves time in the grocery store and when deciding what to eat each night.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: "The Expert's Guide to Doing Things Faster"
10/30/08 02:05 PM

It's got to be chocolate, and there are never enough ways to cook with chocolate.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Thursday Giveaway: Ten by Sheila Lukins
10/25/08 02:32 PM

I don't care what they look like, I just think aliens should smell like cookies, and I would play them Aretha Franklin's "Respect". Because it's awesome, and I would like them not to nuke me.


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Thursday Giveaway: Acoustic Research AV100b Tabletop Radio
10/25/08 02:30 PM

Books!


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: Place Space series by Todd OldhamLos Angeles
10/25/08 02:17 PM

Dirty Dancing


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Thursday Giveaway: Orb Mod1 Plus System Giveaway
10/18/08 08:46 AM

Art-filled, versatile, open


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: "Sense of Style: Colour Space" Books by Shannon Fricke Los Angeles
10/18/08 08:45 AM

My neighbors have a fig tree and offered to share if I knew what to do with them...


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Thursday Giveaway: A Platter of Figs by David Tanis
10/4/08 04:46 AM

Rooms full of plants and sunlight.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: Nate Williams Pillows Los Angeles
10/4/08 04:42 AM

Quicksilver saves me more time than any other shortcut or application, so that's my recommendation, repetitive or not.

I'd love the hardcase and Agent 18 Ecoshield.


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Unplggd Thursday Giveaway: Incase and Bluelounge On the Go Giveaway
9/26/08 08:07 PM

Chicken with lots of fresh tarragon and a bit of cream...mmm...


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Thursday Giveaway: 7-Quart Slow Cooker from Calphalon
9/25/08 04:06 PM

Streamline is my favorite!


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: Sanford Burrows Sham SetLos Angeles
9/25/08 12:04 PM

I just got a box full of tomatoes from my farm-owning relatives, so I'm eating them in sauce, caprese salad, topped with avocado and cilantro--anything to consume as many fresh ones as possible before the canning process has to start!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Thursday Giveaway: Organic Marin
9/19/08 12:40 PM

I do a lot of archival work, and the more space, the better: I would love a FreeAgent Desk to help manage the continual onslaught of media material!


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Seagate FreeAgent Desk and FreeAgent Go for Mac Giveaway
9/16/08 11:48 AM

Stoney Lake, Ontario.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: Colburn Sassaman $100 Gift Certificate
8/21/08 05:29 PM

I just moved, so I have tons of home dec projects lined up (curtains, tablecloths, decorating linens, etc.), and have a new job, so I have ambitious plans of designing a whole new work wardrobe...we'll see how much of that gets accomplished, but that's my goal.


Apartment Therapy Unplugged | Unplggd Thursday Giveaway: Singer Curvy 8763 Sewing Machine
8/9/08 08:25 AM