Completely Unexpected

by Lisa on Sunday: May 26, 2013

I had a series of posts I was going to do this past week, but then something completely unexpected happened…

I bought a house!

This all began last weekend when we had a full two days of house hunting planned. On Saturday, we had planned to go to two houses with our realtor that we had seen online and thought were worth taking a look at. The first had some potential: it was very big, the kitchen was amazing and it was in a good location. However, there were just some things that weren’t what we were hoping for so we moved on to the next. The second house was just ALL wrong. It had potential on paper, but the rooms were tiny and half the house was located in the basement.

On the way home, D brought up how discouraging the process had been so far and was trying to talk me into expanding our search to include condos (something I had ruled out long ago for many, many reasons). I told him to hang in there and that we had just begun and really hadn’t even seen more than 14-16 houses tops so far. From the start of the whole process, I had been anticipating it to take several months for us to find something, which is the reason we started looking in April when our lease doesn’t expire until October.

Sunday we had planned to go to one open house. This house had looked amazing online with a brand new kitchen including granite countertops, an island with a wine fridge built in, four bedrooms and at least 2 baths. We had been eyeing the house online for probably 2 weeks and we had high hopes. When we got there, it was pretty nice, and did live up to the pictures online. There was only one problem: it was old. The house was built in 1915 and though it had been thoroughly renovated, the age did creep in. The staircases were scarily narrow, the floors creaked and the ceilings had dramatic slopes to them to the point where you risked smacking your head climbing up and down the already scary staircases.

Before leaving for the day, we had written down a list of 3 additional houses that were having open houses in case we felt like visiting a few more. The next was in the same city as the first, but way closer to where we currently live. I wasn’t really enthusiastic about this house on paper because it was on a busy-ish street. However, when we got there, this house was amazing. The rooms were huge, it had a formal entryway, 4 very spacious bedrooms including a master suite with walk-in closet and bathroom. 2 additional bathrooms, a dining room, central air, 2 car garage and it was built in the year 2000! It had everything.

We knew we’d have to move fast, so the next night (Monday), I went back alone with my parents and my realtor and we did another walk-through. We put in an offer that night, negotiated through the next day and they eventually accepted our offer. I can’t even believe it happened so fast. We had the inspection yesterday and they found no problems at all, which isn’t surprising given the age of the home.

So if you’re following the timeline here, within 6 days, we found a house, put in an offer, negotiated, got it accepted and had the inspection. Things are moving SO fast!

We will be moving in July and there are still a lot of logistics to work out in the meantime, but we’re both extremely excited about all of this. I’m sure I’ll be writing more over the next few months as we figure things out and get ready to move.

Tell me about something exciting that’s happened in your life recently!

8 Responses to “Completely Unexpected”

  1. Kim says:

    Wow – that is very exciting! Congratulations!!! I’m glad that you found a house so quickly and that everything worked out!!!
    Hard to come close to anything exciting after your news – my husband and I celebrated our 17th anniversary yesterday!!!

  2. Meagan says:

    Congratulations! It really went fast from the time you found “the” to the time you had an offer accepted AND a home inspection! I’m so happy y’all found your house 🙂

  3. Congrats! That is fast. =) We spent months looking for our house, but I guess when you find the right one, that’s it!

  4. Congrats on the new house!!!

  5. Hahaha holy cow that’s fast!!

  6. Tara says:

    Wow, first off, congrats! Buying a home is so exciting!! I can’t wait til I’m able to do the same, although it’s a little bit more tricky in San Francisco. Can’t wait to see how you decide to decorate it. 🙂

  7. Kristi says:

    Congrats on buying a home!

  8. Rach says:

    Congratulations! That is wonderful news! I remember just how exciting it was for us when we found our dream house! 🙂

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