Thursday, July 20, 2017

The House Hunt Part 2

If you missed part one check it out here.

There was a glitch with Mike sending us houses so we had been sending him houses the entire hunt. It wasn't a huge deal because we love house hunting and Zillow was our life during this time. But he texted G a house he thought we would like and we agreed it was beautiful, but decided we wanted to pursue new builds or houses walking distance to a downtown.

We started looking at new builds and houses walking distance to a downtown. Our plan B was always to be able to walk to a cute downtown if lakefront wasn't in the cards. The first house we saw in a cute downtown had foundation issues (surprise, surprise!) so we decided a new build was the way to go!

We looked at five new builds in a super cute town ten minutes from my work. They were gorgeous, of course. But the basements were not finished, the decks were tiny and the kitchen layouts weren't my favorite. The real deal breaker was how close they build houses nowadays. Each house we walked out on the deck and there were ten other decks staring at you. It made me so claustrophobic.

I felt like a monster because G was totally sold and ready to put an offer in on the last new build we saw. But I just could not get excited. The lack of privacy stressed me out. A jetted tub wasn't an option. Finishing the basement was an added expense. The kitchen was small and felt cramped. I just felt like we weren't getting ANYTHING we wanted!

We went to eat and after much discussion G agreed with me that this was not the house for us. It was getting late so we decided to text Mike in the morning that we would see the house he had texted G.

It was a Wednesday and we told our realtor we wanted to see the house he had sent us. He was a little surprised we didn't want one of the new builds, but happy to set up a viewing that evening. Except there were 8 viewings that evening and 12 viewings the following day! Our only option was to go on lunch so that is what we did.

We instantly fell in love with the house. It felt like a brand new build. It was everything we wanted (except lake front). Jetted tub. Walking distance to a cute downtown. Completely updated. Finished, walkout basement. Two car garage. Gas fireplace. Great school district. It even had a mud room which I didn't care about, but now cannot live without!

We drove back to work talking about how THIS was our house. It had only been on the market two days and had 8 showings that evening so we knew we had to act fast. Between work and meetings we made an offer and waited. Hurry up and wait as the saying goes.

We asked for an answer by 10:00 the next day so as not to give them time to get more offers. We heard at 9:00 we got the house!!!! The reatlor owed Mike a favor so she cancelled all 12 viewings scheduled and the house was OURS.

Now I was excited, but it was also our fourth offer and I couldn't believe we were finally moving forward. And the fact that we weren't buying a house on a lake was a tough pill to swallow. I never thought I would leave my first house unless it was for a lake house and reality set in and I struggled.

But I got over it and once we had the inspection I felt much better. I just have a hard time with super big decisions. But I'm so so happy with our decision and wouldn't change a darn thing! I love our house even more now that we are living in it. Walking downtown. Enjoying the short commute to work. I'm such a nerd because I'm loving the washer and dryer. I can't wait to start sharing pictures of how we are decorating because I'm having a blast making it our own.

So that's the story of our house hunt. It was a long journey, but it was worth it. G and I learned a lot about each other. We learned patience and trusted God's plan. We could not be happier in our new house and are so thankful for the process!

1 comment:

anneseverydaylife said...

It looks huge and gorgeous and new! So glad you're loving it and at peace with your decision. Congrats!