Ok, I can put it off no further.
I must get in front of this before I wake up 30 years in the future. Time has a way of slipping away and monumental events such as weddings, buying houses, and babies have a way of just making it go faster.
So, without further delay, we are buying a house and this is the story.
It has been an arduous few months; let me tell you, buying a home is not for the weak of heart. We found an amazing house and while it needed a ton of work, we loved it. We put in an offer and waited, and waited, and then when we couldn’t wait any more, we waited more. I thought that was the most stressful part of home buying but I was mistaken (more on that later). Our offer was finally countered with “send your highest and final.” We were screwed. We offered the asking price and in the end it was rejected. Not meant to be, but we were convinced that we would never find a better house, and therefore would never own a home.
Here is the house that broke our spirits:
Looking back, it seems as though two different houses were mashed together. The garage has a completely different style; is this a new trend? I hope not.
Fast forward a few more months to current day, we are mere days from closing escrow on our dream house. Our actual dream house, not the one we thought we loved, but the real one. For many people, most of the houses you look at, you fall in love with. For me, this was the case but for the amazing man I call Hubs, not so much. Out of dozens he liked exactly 2 houses; he can be very particular. Somehow the stars aligned, we offered, they countered, we countered etc. that went on for what seemed like an eternity until finally, we opened escrow.
Here is my point, houses are fun and exciting. It is easy to get caught up in the granite countert-ops and fancy appliances, unless you are my Hubs, and those things don't amuse you. Don't do it people, stay strong. Find a house that has a good location, close to work so you won't have a horrible commute of death. Next make sure it has plenty of room to grow, like I said before buying a house is stressful it isn't something you will want to do again in a year. Finally just see if you can picture yourself there in 5 or 10 years, yes? Good. Everything else is gravy, especially because you are going to want to remodel and make it your own anyway.
Once I have more experience in the escrow department and we have keys in hand you will get to hear all about the actual most stressful part of home buying. Plus photos. So many photos.