After 14 years of uncertainty, Richfield couple sell their house

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 2:45 PM

After 14 years in limbo, the Hartles are able to move on to the next chapter in their lives: They've sold their house on 17th Avenue in Richfield that long has been targeted for redevelopment.

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basia2186Feb. 20, 13 3:38 PM

The age of their appliances has nothing to do with the story. Why even include thatcinformation. Sounds to me like they were frugal and took good care of things. Sloppy reporting.

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dorastandpipFeb. 20, 1310:20 PM

I think the point of mentioning the age of the appliances was to point out that they were hesitant to spend money on updates when they didn't know what was happening with their house. When you know you are moving in 6 months, do you install a new dishwasher? I would not unless I absolutely had to.

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BUDFeb. 21, 13 1:30 AM

I wouldn't spend money on repairs if I didn't have to either. It's not like you'd take it with you when you move. After I looked up their neighborhood, I can imagine a move would be nice. It had to change drastically in 39 years. New stores and so many more planes daily. I hope they enjoy their new retirement homes. They've waited long enough for it.

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sallygirlFeb. 21, 13 1:10 PM

This whole thing sounds gravely unfair to those homeowners. They should get some compensation for having to have dealt with this for way, way to long.

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actualreaderFeb. 21, 13 4:06 PM

"Sloppy reporting"? Sloppy reporting is failing to include details, not including ones you seem to react to irrationally. It sounds like repairing those appliances was where they drew a line in the sand when they couldn't control anything else about the house.

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george13Feb. 21, 13 6:05 PM

"Gravely unfair?" I wish someone would be that unfair to me. Talk about a sweet deal- not having to maintain your house and you know that you will be able to sell it anyway!

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georgina17Feb. 22, 13 5:38 PM

I would call it cruel to leave a man who enjoys making and fixing things in a house for so many years without knowing if the house will be torn down in 6 months or he will be stuck in it for many more years or may someday need to put it on the market.

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supervon2Feb. 23, 13 5:27 PM

They could have turned it into rental property and then the paper would have accused them of making tennents suffer.

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FrankLFeb. 24, 13 9:15 PM

Why include the part about airport noise? The airport has been physically the same size for decades. When they moved in, they knew they were next to an airport.

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