Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sitting, waiting, wishing!

So the big news in our neck of the woods is that we put in an offer on a house last night!  We put an offer in on the only house we've really liked and after thinking about it all weekend we decided to make our move. Unfortunately our move was sped up because someone else had also put in an offer.  Our hopes aren't high since we had no response from the seller today but in this game of house buying one never really knows.  So here we are waiting...

We def feel that if this house is meant to be we'll get it, but if I doesn't work out we know that something else has to be out there.  We are still excited by the fact that we are even one step closer to having a home!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A house hunting we will go...

On Tuesday night we went out on yet another searching adventure and this time we at least found somethings that sparked our interest.  In fact there is one home in particular that could use some work but would provide the right amount of home improvement projects for the hubby.  We like it but we are still interested in exploring some more homes.

This time has provided us with some really great opportunities for some really open and honest discussions and I've really enjoyed this extra time we've been spending together planning OUR future.  I guess it's reminiscent of wedding planning, spending time figure out what's next!

We are heading out again tomorrow night to check out a few more places and then we are taking it easy over the weekend.  For one thing we don't want to exhaust all the listings, our FR (fabulous Realtor) or ourselves and we have a best friends Birthday festivities to attend as well as an out of town friend coming for a visit.  So  a busy weekend will provide some time to rest, think and evaluate everything we've seen!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

We came, we saw, we...said NO...

A lot! Today for the first time me and my beloved looked at houses with our Realtor!

It was a truly wonderful learning experience.  Our Fab Realtor (FR) came by this morning to share some important information with us, in addition to going through a mock offer with us so that we can truly understand the ins and outs.  This was also a great time to ask questions and get an even better feel for the amount of money that we need to have on hand to make this house buying thing actually happen.

Afterwards, we set out to look at a few houses around town.  FR didn't want to overwhelm us on our first time out, so we stuck to one city and looked at about 5 houses.  First major important lesson learned, even if a homeowner says they will be out of the home at a certain time, it doesn't mean they will be.  The first three houses we looked at all had their owners there and well, at first, it made for an awkward situation.  However, one house we decided to come back to later and  that really helped.  It's not that it's awful to have them there, but I felt like the creeper checking out their house and stating loudly everything that I DID NOT like about it.

But luckily the day went on swimmingly.  The weather was gorgeous and we learned some practical lessons like if the kitchen looks a bit small in the pictures, it's gonna be real small in person and if there are no clear pictures of a mater bedroom that's because one doesn't exist in the true concept of the word!  We also learned something about our selves, like Jon is more willing to find the good in any house and well I'll nix it quicker than you can get the lock box open.  But learning and seeing this makes me realize even more how perfectly fit for each we are.  Not that I am saying that he's always Mr. Optimist and Mrs. Pessimist but it's more like I Mrs. Practical and Jon's Mr. Potential which creates a perfect balance when it comes to finding a house that will truly fit our needs.

Also after spending the day with our FR, we are beyond thrilled with our choice in her.  She tells it like it is, is sarcastic to boot and is one sharp shootin', smart lady.  We feel so fortunate to have found a Realtor who feels like a partner in this and not just someone who's looking to gain a profit based on our desire to own a home.  We love, love, love our FR!

So out of the houses we saw today only 1 remains on the possibilities list...everything else got chucked out the door for some other lovely family to make their home.  Although we are ready, willing and eager to find a house now...we are not going to stop looking until we find the perfect house that will become our first HOME together.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Holy Cow, we just received word today that we have gotten the approval on being pre-approved.

We've been busy searching all over zillow.com and with the support of our Realtor have a list of homes we will be looking at this weekend!

More on what lead up to this soon, but until then YAY for pre-approval!