Tuesday, August 26, 2014

house update

A few people have been sweet enough to ask, so I thought I would fill you in. Here's what's happening on our house hunt:

We had a bunch of showings the Saturday before last and then got an email from our realtor that night that someone was ready to make an offer. We were thrilled, and the offer came through the next day over asking price so that we would pay closing costs. We agreed, because an offer is an offer and we are crossing our fingers.

The next day, after about a million electronic signatures, we started asking our realtor when we should start looking into a new house. She wanted us to wait since the purchase of a new house is dependent upon the sale of our current one. We said okay, but that there was one we really liked. We visited it on our own for an open house and thought it might be the place for us. Plus, there weren't many homes that met our criteria in our price range in the neighborhood we liked. So, we sent her the link and she contacted the agent, who was also the owner. The house was purchased as a foreclosure by the agent and his wife and they have been working on it for the past few years. They were expecting another offer but agreed to wait until we could put in an offer to accept it. So, early on a Monday morning, Andrew and I met our realtor at the house. She suggested an asking price and we put in an offer contingent on the sale of our current house, which was accepted! So things are looking great.

This past weekend, we had an inspector come out to the potential new house (I also took measurements and made a really long wishlist of things to buy... priorities, right?). There were a few things we would like to see fixed, but overall, the report was good. So now we wait.

It wasn't what I imagined at all. I watch House Hunters all the time and I was expecting a day or more of going from house to house, finding something wrong with nearly all of them, and a sit-down decision with Andrew over which would be best for us. But, there really wasn't much to choose from. We've kept an eye out since we're still in the option period and there isn't anything we love. We were able to visit the house on our own, so going with our realtor was for her professional opinion more than anything. In this case, visiting multiple homes would have been a waste of time - I think we've found our place.

It has things that never crossed my mind (wainscoting just entered my vocabulary a week before we found this house) and lacks a few things I thought I would have to have (there's no room for an island in the kitchen and we don't have double sinks in the master bath), but we love it. It has red shutters and a front porch and a covered area in the backyard that we can't wait to furnish. There's plenty of space, high ceilings, and a utility room for Bauer's litterbox. It's about 50 miles away from our current house, so I will have a new area to learn, but it's pretty close to the airport... any friends who have a layover in Houston, let me know! I think this is going to be our home for a good, long while, but I won't breathe easy until the keys are in our hands. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

And because posts need pictures, here's one. I'll wait until it's officially ours to share more.

30 comments:

  1. That is so exciting! Congrats on both the offer on your house & yours being accepted on the new one!

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  2. So happy for you guys! You're super lucky you only had to look at the one house, Brian and I looked at at least 40!!!

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  3. So exciting!! Keeping my fingers crossed for both offers to continue moving smoothly.

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  4. So exciting, I think being able to see houses online before you look in person cuts down on a lot of the driving from place to place looking at houses.

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  5. Exciting! Glad everything is moving fairly smoothly!

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  6. So exciting! I'm glad you found something that works and that the timing worked out. Many good thoughts for continued smooth sailing up to and through closing on both properties.

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  7. Yay. I love house hunting and I'm so excited to hear more about everything!

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  8. We are going to be selling and buying in the Spring - I hope our experience is as easy as yours sounds! The new house looks cute - Looking forward to seeing the inside :)

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  9. I may or may not have said this before but it seems impossible to sell and buy a house at the same time! However; it looks like you did it which is awesome. Hope everything goes smoothly and glad that it wasn't as difficult as you might have been anticipating. We will basically have to do the same thing if we ever move so this gives me hope that it's possible!

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  10. eee exciting! UGh don't you hate how easy it looks on house hunters?? they don't actually film until AFTER the buyers are moved into the new house, so it's all staged and nowhere near as easy as they make it look!!

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  11. I was thinking about your house situation yesterday morning when you commented on my post. Glad to hear that you have a possible offer and a new possible house! Hopefully it will all work out perfectly!!! I love that you have the litter box on priority haha! I did that with our dogs when we were looking. Seeing rooms that would work for them! How exciting!!! Sending you good vibes!

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  12. this sounds all very positive. i hope things continue to go this way for you! good luck! can't wait to hear the outcome.

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  13. The red shutters are a nice touch! It looks homey :) Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!

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  14. The red shutters are a nice touch! It looks homey :) Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly!

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  15. Hooray! I can't wait to get a tour of the new place. Either virtual or IRL?!

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  16. It looks adorable! Sending lots of positive vibes your way!!!

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  17. So happy for you Lauren! Hoping all goes well!

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  18. SO exciting!! can't wait to see pics of your new place :)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  19. Omgomgomgomg. Soooo you're gonna Pinterest now, right?

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  20. oh my gosh I love what I can see so far! house hunting is so hard, and I agree, I totally thought it would be more like house hunters lol. I really wanted an island in the kitchen, no dice, and we only have one sink in the master as well. its funny when you realise whats more important when you actually start looking!

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  21. How exciting! I hope it all works out for you guys.

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  22. Woo hooo!! I'm so excited to read all this! You may soon be home owners AND someone wants to buy your house. Sounds like everything is falling into place -- I'm so happy for you guys!

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  23. This is so exciting Lauren! I can't wait to hear how it goes and see all of the pictures of your new place. Is this a better location for your commute to work?

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  24. So exciting that you're getting closer and closer to being done with this process!!

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  25. Oh it sounds (and looks) so cute!!! Yay!! I'm so excited for you guys!!

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  26. YAY! So exciting!! Hopefully everything works out!!!!

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  27. Ahhh I am so excited! I am really crossing my fingers that everything works out perfectly for you!

    Also - TV has totally ruined us, right? House hunting is nothing like HGTV and dress shopping is nothing like Say Yes to the Dress. Sigh!

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  28. The house looks pretty! Congrats on the first step being approved. I know that it is kinda like holding your breath waiting for your house to sell but it looks like things are moving in a positive direction.

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  29. Congrats to you, girl! Fingers crossed. I read your post about moving tips. My biggest challenge was trying to figure out how to depersonalize our space. My go-to decorations are photos - tons of photos - of our family, but if I took them down I'd have bare walls. We're finally getting serious and starting the selling process. I think we're listing our house this week.

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  30. Eeeeee! I'll be thinking of you for the house! Can't wait to hear how it all turns out!

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