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.