Try buying a house!!! Â Ok, so I know I’m not the first girl to go through the process of buying a house-but let me tell you I had NO idea what it was going to be like!! Â I’ve heard terms tossed around like-offers, closing costs,Â escrow, contingency periods etc. Â I never really knew what any of it was, but now that we are going through it, I definitely had a crash course in real estate 101!!
Here’s how it happened….
We’ve looked at quite a few houses. Â Hundreds on the internet, and quite a few in person. Â Every house we looked at left plenty to be desired. Â Because of the market, we were seeing a lot ofÂ foreclosedÂ homes. Â While I wouldn’t mind moving in to a fixer upper-Vince’s tastes definitely lean towards “move-in ready”. Â Move in ready is harder to come by these days. Â Most of the houses we looked at were actually so depressing. Â All I could think of when walking through these bank owned properties was the people who used to live there. Â The time they spent on the faux paint in the bathrooms. Â The love and thought they put into remodeling the kitchen or master bath. Â It made me so sad to think of where those people were and what led up to them being removed from their homes. Â
SO, when we walked into this home, we had that warm fuzzy feeling. Â The feeling that we had just walked into the home where our children would take their first steps, speak their first words, and even have their first co-ed pool party. Â That’s right. Â This house has everything we want for our future. Â It’s in a cul-de-sac with a basket ball hoop. Â It’s brick, which is Vince’s favorite. Â It has a newly remodeled kitchen, huge master bedroom-and a full finished basement. Â The best part is that it has anÂ in-groundÂ pool!!!
So needless to say, we put an offer. Â We low balled what they were asking-but we thought we might have a chance. Â They’ve come back today and said they have another offer that’s higher than our offer. Â SO, we have given them our best and final offer today. Â They then came back and asked if we would be willing to move up our closing date a few days. Â We said yes. Â So now, we wait. Â Good news is, they are VERY motivated to sell. Â They are already moved out, which means they are paying two mortgages right now, so they are ready to get out of this mortgage. Â
I’ve already planned all of the future parties and dinners I’m going to be having at this house. Â I keep calling it “our house”. Â Vince is so practical and tells me not to get my hopes up. Â It’s pretty much too late for that. Â I know there’s still a lot that could go wrong and I’m trying to tell myself that but we want it so BAD! Â It’s really just the most perfect house we could have possibly found. Â Everyone keeps saying there will be other houses if this one doesn’t work out. Â I’m not so sure. Â This house has every criteria we’ve ever discussed-and of the hundreds I’ve looked at, nothing else comes close. Â
Since I plan weddings for a living, I can honestly say I would rather plan four weddings a month than go through this again any time soon!!
Any of you girls trying to buy a house and plan a wedding at the same time? Â How do you feel about the timing??