My New House

October 29, 2013 Posted by Tyler Cruz
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Where the hell have I been, you ask?

I’ve been here the whole time, but just haven’t posted in a while as I have been devoting my work hours to my affiliate marketing campaigns, since they took a nosedive and have been in critical status the past 2-3 months. I’ll report more on my affiliate marketing campaigns (including my monthly income reports – I haven’t forgotten!) in some upcoming blog posts.

The other reason I haven’t posted in a while is because I suddenly became very busy with house stuff, as about a month ago I FINALLY sold my condo and bought a house.

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(More photos below)

It’s amazing how much time it takes. There’s so much paperwork, e-mails, phone calls, and meetings involved, and I still have some more to go. I get possession on November 16th, so there’s still a few weeks to go. Please be patient if I am still slow getting up new blog posts. It’s a very busy time for me!

It took me 3 years to sell my condo, as the condo market here is insanely saturated, not to mention that the housing market in general here is already slow as hell. The funny thing is, while it took 3 years to sell my condo, it took only 3 days to find a house and make an offer on it.

I ended up taking a major loss on my condo.  I bought at the worst possible time (2007, right before the big real estate crash), they then overbuilt condos here, and worst of all – they are now in the midst of building wet housing literally right beside my condo.

While I had to eat a major loss on the sale of my condo, I don’t regret accepting the lowball offer, as I was simply tired of waiting forever to sell my condo. One of the major reasons I wanted to sell my condo was so that I could get a house and get a DOG (one to start, anyway Smile). I could have waited for a better price, but that could easily have taken another 2-3 years. Sometimes you just have to take the loss and move on.

The New House

I bought this new house with my long-time girlfriend Lisa.

As I mentioned above, it took only 3 days for us to make an offer on a place once we started looking, as we had been actually looking DAILY online for about 3 years, ever since I put my condo on the market. As a result, we ended up knowing our local market inside and out.

There was one house at a higher price range with gorgeous ocean views and huge ceilings, but with affiliate marketing being such a roller coaster, we ended up deciding on a house that was much more practical financially. I’ll save the ocean-view mansion for the next house. It will help give me incentive to get to the next level in affiliate marketing.

The house was built in 2007 and is in amazing shape. The inspector was surprised at how good of a shape it was in. Being so new, it’s still under partial warranty.

On a side note, the inspector I hired actually ended up being an ex-employee of Neverblue. Small world, eh?

Here are some overall house details:

  • 2,606 square feet
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Skylight
  • Gas fireplace
  • Gas hook-up for BBQ
  • Fully fenced yard
  • 2-car garage
  • Media room
  • Tiled and hardwood floors
  • Walk-in closet
  • 2-minute walking distance from the Parkway Trail, which is a 20KM paved trail. This is a bonus for me, as before I would have to drive to either drive to the trail or walk in my noisy neighbourhood
  • 1-minute drive to badminton (not my favourite club though)

House Photos

Below are 39 photos of the new house. Please note that these are taken from one of the online listings of the house, so none of the furniture is mine. In fact, my furniture will be far uglier and the house will look very empty for a while Smile

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I’m not sure we’ll keep a TV here. This is actually the upstairs "sitting room". There’s a separate media room, and there’ll be a TV in the master bedroom as well, so I don’t know if we really need that many TV’s…

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Small "Dining Room" area…

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The kitchen is actually a lot smaller than we would have liked, and is one of the downsides to the house, mainly because of the limited surface area. My condo’s current kitchen is actually bigger!

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It does have glass sliding doors to the backyard though, which is nice. There’s a gas hook-up for a BBQ right outside too, so eating outside and barbequing will be very easy.

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The kitchen is actually a decent size, it’s just that it has limited surface area. I am considering having an island put in, as I think it would make a lot of sense. The main downside being that you could probably not fit an eat-in kitchen table then…

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That’s a pantry on the left, and a pocket door for the kitchen.

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The master bedroom.

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Master ensuite…

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The back yard.

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Back inside… this is another angle of the master bedroom again. I’ll definitely be mounting a TV there, and that’s a walk-in closet with pocket door.

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One of the other bedrooms. Every single room apart from the bathrooms in the house is wired for telephone and Internet. The bedrooms aren’t that big though.

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Another bedroom.

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Bathroom #2. This one has a big, tall skylight.

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The main floor. On the right are two French doors to my office!

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The inside of my office.

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Other side of my office. At the far end is a custom built-in granite desk.

I might have a wall mounted big screen TV on that other wall above where the black couch is, although I’m a bit concerned that it would affect my productivity, so probably not.

I think if I decorate the office just right though, that it could turn out pretty spiffy!

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A fourth bedroom that we’ll likely turn into an exercise room:

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This is the media room. It looks kind of small and dirty in the photo, but it’s actually quite large and nice (I don’t know why they didn’t feature it better in the real estate photos).

It’ll be nice to be able to play games like Rocksmith 2014 and not have to worry about the volume level for once!

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Main level bathroom. All bathrooms have those curved shower rods… not a huge thing, but I’ve always wanted them!

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And there you have it!

If you guys like, I can record a house video tour once I have the keys. Let me know if you’d be interested in that (or if the photos are enough). I did one when I purchased my condo back in 2007.

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Posted: October 29th, 2013 under Personal  

72 Responses to “My New House”

  1. Naveen says:

    Your house is amazing.. leave a safe and peaceful life there..

  2. Julius Orias says:

    What a beautiful house Tyler :-) Probably, by this year I can buy
    my own house too. How funny that on this internet marketing world
    gives you the freedom to work with your own hours and time. And
    spend the rest with your family.

    Have a blessed day,
    Julius Orias

  3. Jonathan says:

    that is pretty sick. I like how the backyard is raised a bit towards the fence.

  4. Dave Starr says:

    Hey, good on you, Tyler. Yes I have noticed the silence from Nanaimo lately. I’m glad you have been able to make the jump to your own house. Wish you could have made money off the condo, but hey, to work like crazy just to stay in aplace you don’t like just makes no sense at all ..as you said, better cut the losses and move on while you’re still young.

    I was struck the minute I saw the picture with the similarities to the house Mita and I are building here in Marilao, Bulacan. In particular the two car garage with roof deck over head and the way the main entrance is recessed (sheltered) back along the sid eof the garage. Ours will only be about half the size and not quite so grand, but hey, I don’t work anywhere near as hard as you do. (My heating bill will be a LOT less too LoL).

    All the best on this Tyler, may you and Lisa enjoy many happy years there.

  5. Denis says:

    Thanks for photos Tyler, well deserved. And man, your kind of patience is inspirational, looking forward to seeing the video :)

  6. Looks great, looks like that town (maybe CA in general) has way lower taxes than my house. Enjoy!

  7. Hey Tyler.

    I’ve been checking your blog lately to see if you posted more of your monthly income reports.

    I’ve been in the Internet Marketing for 5 years. But only in the past years that I got to a good place, building my biz to $50k/month.

    Super nice house. Love it. Hope you have great success there… now you can get married huh?? hahahaha… No pressure.

    So I’ve been trying to get into the affiliate marketing game to see what kind of results I can get. Let’s see what happens in the near future.

  8. Rony says:

    Congratz…Just curious, did you pay for the house with Cash? Or did you take out loan aka mortgage?

  9. yorkie says:

    Hey bro, no offense or anything but have you considered taking more school classes, in particular, grammar? I think if you do, your blogs would be much, much better.
    It’s bothering to read a man’s blog that writes in lower than high school grammar.

  10. I wish I could be as good as you in internet marketing so I can have a good house like that.

    • Sunday says:

      You can, eventually. Tyler was obviously like you before. It took him many years to get here, as is the case with almost everyone who eventually makes it big online, :)

  11. Nicky says:

    Congratulation!!!
    with your lovely house.

  12. Luke says:

    Congratulations again on the new house Tyler. Keep up the good work and I’m sure you’ll have many more big rewards to come :)

  13. Joe H. says:

    Hi Tyler,

    Awesome photos! I’d love to see a video tour once you have the keys in-hand.

    Joe H.

  14. Congrats, Tyler. Nice place

  15. Dave says:

    Congratulations! Welcome to the incredible money and time drainer that is home ownership.

  16. Sunday says:

    That’s a lovely house, mate. It’s absolutely beautiful and should make you and your girlfriend (and future kids? :) ) very happy. I am sure you will have many years of happy memories in there.

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Tyler. I am sure it will inspire lots of people to step their games up another notch!

  17. Deron says:

    Congrats on the purchase Tyler (and marry that woman already!)!

  18. Jim says:

    You took listing photos and slapped your logo on them? That’s about as classy as flogging e-mail submit offers…

  19. Leo says:

    Hope you can answer this question, what’s the aprox price of a house like yours if you pay 100% cash upfront?.
    And one last question, where is the house located?.

    Congrats on the acquisition Tyler.

  20. nice house… congrats. hope you give us an affiliate marketing work update soon too..

  21. Mishra says:

    an awesome house for an awesome person.
    BTW: How much did this house cost you?

  22. Sadek says:

    I wish I had this awesome house. My house is just 1400 Sq. ft

  23. Congratulations on a great buy. A very beautiful and well planned home that you and your family will enjoy for many years.

  24. GReat house dude,

    I am digging the huge back yard, but…where is the pool room? :D

  25. Wow! You are truly a motivation to us all.

  26. Agriya says:

    Wow, i love the eight picture from the top :) Really cool , by the by what is the cost of this awesome house? the Floor tiles are imported one?

  27. Mike says:

    I’m from Nanaimo too and house shopping. I think I saw that awhile ago on my PCS listings.

    How big is the lot on that? The backyard looks like a nice size.

  28. Cheap DVDs says:

    Nice house! I’ve never seen such a comprehensive walkthrough of somebody’s house!

    Did you pay cash for it with the affiliate commission you’ve made?! If not then it won’t be long until you’ve paid it off!

  29. BadActor says:

    You should not post your private information Tyler. My friend had his house burglarized when he let his fans know he was attending a conference.

  30. calderon says:

    Thanks for photos Tyler, well deserved. And man, your kind of patience is inspirational

  31. calderon says:

    You are truly a motivation to us all.

  32. Faisal Ali says:

    Congratulation, you house is just awesome. lets hope one day i will be buying a house of my dream through internet marketing.

  33. Caleb says:

    Now thats more inspiring than the average screenshots of bank statements and whatnot. So while the numbers definitely do count, proof of the lifestyle things you can do and acquire trends to provide a much stronger and more effective form of motivation.

    …And btw, that vanilla mocha inside wall paint is super tite!

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      I personally find the pure numbers to be more motivating/inspiring to me. House and retail prices can vary depending on where you live, and you never know the background of a person. Maybe they inherited $75,000 recently. Maybe they won the lottery. Maybe their parents buy them a lot of things.

      Also, just because somebody may appear to be living well does not mean that they can actually afford it. They may actually be in debt and that nice car they have is actually being paid off in instalments.

      That’s why I like to look at pure numbers.

  34. bilgispot says:

    oooaa what a great house :O You’re so lucky man..

  35. James says:

    Nice looking house! Congrats on getting a new place.

    Just remember to not let your house chores take up all your time and take you away from Affiliate Marketing. There needs to be a balance between the two so you can still be profitable on a regular monthly basis.

  36. Shameem says:

    Awesome House with great interior works and we will feel good when having an owned house my congrats for you and your family

  37. Gage says:

    The house looks amazing Tyler! Owning a house is a lot of work, much like the first step in life!

  38. Sadek says:

    What is the price of the house?
    Looks like it will cost around a million dollar.

  39. Arjun T.U says:

    Hmmm …… Even if you were waiting forever to sell , you would have benefited from waiting very well , but as you don’t regret the same , it’s all well . Anyway congrats on your new house , it looks great a for one I would surely like to see a house video tour ………

    Anyway once again , congrats mate ……

  40. Bilgispot says:

    OMG! This is my dream :O You’re lucky man…

  41. Make the money then buy the nice house and the nice things in life! If you make the money you have to spend it.

  42. What a delicious house you’ve got, hope you and your family will enjoy it.

  43. Thats a very nice house!!

  44. Allan Madan says:

    Congrats on the new house. I really enjoy reading your blogs and can’t wait until the next one is released.

    Allan Madan

  45. Wow. An awesome house. Good.

  46. I loved that house you got a nice garden.
    I hope you enjoy it :)

  47. Robert says:

    Wow Tyler that looks sweet, congratulations!

  48. Robinsh says:

    Oh how I missed this post, anyway being your subscriber helped me to see that now you have an awesome house to live.

    Congratulations !

  49. wow thats a nice pad Tyler, do you have an affiliate marketing start up guide or something? I would love to even buy it from you please email me if you think you can put me in the right direction.

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