My Naked House

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My Naked House

Here are some pictures I just snapped in the last hour of my naked house.

OK, so it's not totally naked. The rest of the stucco should be gone by the end of the week.

Here are some shots of the inside now that it's "cleaned up".

The guys (my contractor and his men) hope to have it clean to the point tomorrow that the electrician can come in and wire and that the plumber can come in and get things ready so they can do some framing next week.

If I had a dollar for everyone that has said "I think I'd prefer a fire" then I wouldn't need to win the powerball drawing tonight. That is my plan by the way... win the powerball, buy two first class motor homes, hire a tutor for the kids, and the whole entourage and I will just cruse the USA for the next couple of years.

Ps My house fits right in with the other 3 to 5 thousand homes that sit in the Mouse River Valley portion of Minot. Note the yard in the first two pictures... everything is dead on what was a very well groomed yard just 3 months ago. This is what the entire valley looks like now.

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Nancy Pav
Long & Foster - Ashburn, VA
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Maybe you've been posting about your house before but is this a fixer upper you bought?  where are the walls?  Can't wait to see your continued progress

August 24, 2011 09:23 PM #1
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Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
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Bob, I bet you make it into something beautiful.  Can't wait to see it.. Are you going to post pics as the progess moves along?

August 24, 2011 09:24 PM #2
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
National Marketing Realtors - Minot, ND
Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area

Nancy, this is the aftermath of the man made flooding of the Mouse River. The US Army Corps Of Engineers deliberately released 3 times the amount of water that our dike system could hold because of their mismanagement of up stream reservoirs. 10,000 people in Minot ND were left homeless due to their error. This happened in late June. The water was about 6 feet high in our living rooms for a period of 3 weeks. Check back in my blog posts and you will see the unbelievable mold and destruction. Many people will not rebuild. Imagine being one of hundreds that just built a new house in the last year, having a $300,000.00 mortgage and having your home destroyed this way. I lost my home, my business,and my little rental property. Less then 10% of the homeowners had flood insurance because no one was in a "flood plane" because the dike system was supposed to protect us. (I did have insurance on my home). What the pictures don't show is the stench from all the sewage the City dumped into the flooding river because all the lift stations went down and also from all the decaying things the flood waters left behind. It is just an amazing scene yet today and I imagine it will be for another year yet as people continue to gut out their homes and place all their possessions on the curb. It truly looks like a war zone.

I am eager to post pictures of the progress. Our home will be rebuilt better then ever with a floor plan better suited for our family. Many people are not so eager to get to it. NO government official at any level has given us any assurance in any way that next spring will be any better.

Judi, it will be beautiful and beautifuly landscaped as well. We are in no hurry and do not plan on being back in until we know what next spring and early summer will bring.

August 24, 2011 09:52 PM #3
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Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
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Bob - Wow, my heart goes out to you and your family.  I hope you'll be back in your home soon.

August 24, 2011 10:18 PM #4
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
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Oh my.  I still can't get over this.  The builders must be very busy in your area.

August 25, 2011 05:33 AM #5
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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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Progress...well Bob if you win the powerball I hope you, your family and tutor will visit us at the Jersey Shore.  It is sad to see all this devastation.

August 25, 2011 05:45 AM #6
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Thanks Michelle, but I have no desire to be back in soon as the valley is no place for young kids with the lack of vegetation (it killed everything except trees taller then 30') and the tons of sewage the City dumped into the river that sits upon the lawns. Add to that all the nails, screws, broken glass, and other dangerous items deposited by the flood as well as home owners putting stuff out on the curb. This is the main reason I do not wish to get back before spring and why many folks will not return at all.

Debbie, before the flood I had put out a plea for builders due to the oil boom in our area. There are a lot of builders who have come do to my plea and believe me they won't catch up to the need for housing anytime in the next 10 years.

Laura, I so wish I could say we will be there next week (then I could see my Uncle and Aunt, Herb and Faith) but I just checked the lotto and I didn't get one single number right. Oh well, I guess I'm supposed to win a BIGGER jackpot.

August 25, 2011 07:55 AM #7
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Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
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It begins with the ending in mind.  A vision of what will be and new memories to make.  Now time to make a few changes and enjoy new fresh finishes.  Hope you do win the Powerball Lottery, you deserve a nice lucky moment.  Keep us posted on the progress.

August 25, 2011 08:15 AM #8
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Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino California) - Cupertino, CA
Silicon Valley, California

I am looking forward to coming back in a few and seeing the progress that happens in this house!

August 25, 2011 11:27 PM #9
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Bob - The thing to focus on is how it will all be once restored.  There will be new fresh walls, floor coverings, etc.  I have only been part of one disaster (a fire), but that was when I was just 4 years old.  My mother talked of problems they had with the contractor, and the mental anguish she and my father experienced getting everything put back together again.  Still, she also spoke of little changes they were able to make to our home during the rebuilding faze, which wouldn't have occurred without the fire.  Hang in there!  It is likely to get better!

August 26, 2011 09:10 PM #10
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Brenda Whitman
CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center, Inc., Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
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Hi Bob, I've been away for a while but I am so glad that you've continued to update us on what is going on.  The magnitude of this man-made disaster is hard to comprehend!

August 28, 2011 11:24 PM #11
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
National Marketing Realtors - Minot, ND
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Hi Brenda! The disaster just seems to get worse the more we know about it. We keep finding out that alarms had been sounded as early as last January that the Corps Of Engineers needed to take action but they chose to stick to their "Master Plan" or manual or what ever it is and did nothing until May when it was to late.

August 29, 2011 07:51 AM #12
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Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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Bob,

I used to build and renovate houses.  Many a home came all the way down to the studs, just like yours.  I'm looking forward to the progress photos.

Mike in Tucson

August 29, 2011 09:15 AM #13
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Mike, the progress is exciting but it seems so slow. One of my neighbors is way ahead of me and it gives me hope as well as disappointment that I am so far behind him. I have a good contractor (and they are in high demand as you can imagine) but his spiritual beliefs only have he and his crew on the job 3 days a week. The rest of the week they do "missionary" work and build meeting halls. I do what I can myself but it's really hard when you have lots of other work plus I'm studying for my Brokers license as well.

August 29, 2011 09:34 AM #14
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
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HI BOB!  No words - just speechless again.  Do you get any say in the repairs and fix up or is it based on whatever the insurance pays for?  When is your Broker test?  Wishing you all the best!

September 01, 2011 05:48 PM #15
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Gabrielle, The insurance and the SBA loan are strictly for repair and do not even allow for improvement, which I think sucks. I would love to enclose the area that is now the carport but that is forbidden. I would also like to do some extensive landscaping to help with possible future flooding but the amount allowed for that is less then $3,000. What can you do with that other then repair what had washed away?

September 01, 2011 08:47 PM #16
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Im impressed by the support of your' constituants. 

December 25, 2011 09:28 PM #17
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Nick, the out pouring of help has been nothing short of phenomenal. This disaster has been dwarfed buy the many blessings shown us by others. It makes me very eager to give back as soon as we can.

December 25, 2011 09:52 PM #18
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