3/3/10

Question and Answer Part Six

House Hunting

What is one thing you are most looking forward to about living in a house?
A YARD. I have said it before I will say it again, as soon as we get into a house I am going to just sit in my yard, walk barefoot in my yard, run my toes through cool grass on a summer day. I haven't had my very own yard in so long and I cannot wait!!!

Do you want a new house or an older type home?
At first I only wanted a new home, then I only wanted an older type home. Then I just didn't care. I just wanted a home.

What does your dream home look like? What does your dream starter home look like?
My dream home would be a house on land. I am so ready for a house I don't have any specifics and honestly I don't know what I am "supposed" to look for in a house. I am just ready for a house!

You always say you and your hubby can't find a home, I'm curious as to why you can't find a house?
I know I have been vague in the whole house hunting process and it's because most of the time I was confused. Let's go back to the beginning (I will try and make this quick).
When Luke and I first got married and started talking about looking for a home we had two different "homes" in mind. I had a cute little new home, 3 bed 2 bath starter home in mind.
Luke had an "investment" in mind. Meaning, it didn't matter where the home was, what it looked like, or what condition it was in, if it was an investment (a good deal) he was going to buy it.
I have done a lot of whining around in this house hunting process because Luke has taken me to some very questionable and sometimes disgusting homes. I by no means think I am above any type of house, but one house we went into could have easily been torn down due to the smoke damage, cat pee, and mold. I was standing in this house trying not to pass out from the smell and my husband was standing next to me practically giddy with the thought of what a great investment this would be. Needless to say we weren't on the same page.
It has been an exhausting process. I understand what Luke was doing. He was working hard to make a good financial decision for us and for our future, which I love and respect, but sometimes I was so irritated with the whole process and was ready to just go buy a home regardless of the cost or financial toll it put on our future. Lucky for me my patient husband never grew tired of the process and kept looking for that home that would fit both of our needs. Him = investment
me = a clean, sturdy, non cat pee smelling home.
So that is why there was so much complaining about it on my part. I felt like I was stuck in the middle because I understood what Luke wanted and why he wanted it, but yet my fleshly, materialistic side kept saying forget the "smart financial decision" and just go out and buy your starter dream home!!! I felt like I was constantly battling the two and would daily try to find a healthy balance. This didn't always happen and it became a bit of a sour spot in our marriage which is never good, but we have since worked it out.

Phew, I hope that wasn't too long, but I did complain about the whole house hunting process many times, and I felt that I should give my friends a good explanation as to why I complained so much. A worrier I may be, but I complainer I try not to be.

I am happy to say that Luke and I are actually in the process of purchasing a home right now. Our offer was accepted, the house was inspected and came back clear so now we are moving forward with all of that. We found this home a couple of months ago and I can honestly say that God pretty much placed it in our laps. It fit Luke's needs, it fits my needs and even went above and beyond what we could have wanted or deserved.

So now we are moving forward in the process, praying that everything goes smoothly!

That is the end of all the questions. Thank you for everyone who participated in the Question and Answer giveaway! I had a lot of fun!!

25 comments:

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Yay for new houses!!!

And I can only imagine how gross it is to look at some of those old houses.... gag!

Mrs.L said...

Congratulations on the new home purchase! That is very exciting!

Lucky in Love said...

We are actually in the process of looking for homes ourselves. The whole thing can just be exhausting! Wishing you lots of luck with your new adventure!

d.a.r. said...

Yay, so exciting!!! Pictures soon??

d.a.r. said...

Oh and I was the same way. I didn't want a "used" house. How much of a brat am I?!?!?

Katy and Chris said...

Just weighing in on "investment" properties. We bought one. Not too bad. From 1955. Mostly just ugly. In under a year, we did a new roof, chimney, flooring, painted 7 rooms, replaced 3 appliances, gutted and redid a bathroom from drywall up, patched holes in walls where air-conditioners used to be, and the list goes on. IT IS A LOT OF WORK. Thank goodness both Chris and I are handy. We tiled, laid flooring, etc. The only time a contractor came in was for the roof. It will ALWAYS cost more than you think, take longer, and the tiny mistakes that only you can see will drive you nuts. Also, it WILL test your relationship. Chris and I did pretty well, mostly because we each worked on different projects. Some of our friends were looking at divorce by the end of the process, though. Just be prepared, and know it will be a struggle. Just for fun, here's the post on my (mostly) finished bathroom http://monsterproof.blogspot.com/2009/11/mission-bathroom-complete-mostly.html

Sorry so long, but I could write a BOOK on renovating.

Rachel Antone said...

You know I feel your pain sister! But I am so thrilled for you guys that you've found something that you both like and are excited about. It's amazing how God walks you through the home-buying journey and you get so stressed and start to doubt the entire process and then all of the sudden you're standing in front of a home that you never dreamed you could have...so overwhemlingly thankful that you didn't settle for any of the others that you saw.
Isn't God just amazing??
Love ya - good luck!!

midwesterngal said...

Congratulations!! We were the same way with house hunting...for one thing, we could not wait to have a yard! And we both had a different idea of what our "first" house should be. But, for us as well, it was as if God just placed our house in our hands! I never really thought it would be like that...but I think you know YOUR house when you see it!

Ari said...

Congrats! I can't wait to see pictures!

melhuff said...

Aww yay! Congrats on the house buying process...buying one on God's timing is WAAAY better then rushing it on your own timing. Crossing my fingers (and saying a prayer) for you guys!

Heather said...

I love that you just want a house! It's so fun owning your own home, but alot of work. When Matt and I move again, we will buy an older home. Put our stamp on it, I am not into the newer homes, yes they are nice, but most days you can't get a yard with a new home. We loved having a huge yard in TN.!! You wanted to know all this right?! :)

Lauren said...

Yay on the house buying process!!! Can't wait to hear the fantastic outcome!

Erin said...

Congrats on finding a house that both of you like!

We're still in the stage of looking online just for fun, but I'm a little nervous about the serious house-buying stage. We've already come across houses that looked fine online but ended up being dumps in person.

Courtney said...

I'm so happy you finally found a house! Moving is stressful but SO worth it when you can finally move out of an apartment. I will never go back to apartments if I can help it.

Lauren said...

We did the SAME thing a year ago and had the SAME conversations. Ultimately we settled on a newer home (but less expensive) as we realized that we didnt have the time or money to invest in the smaller projects the other homes would need. It has been a great decision for us as there are always things that can be done around a house - even a new one. Ours within the year, my husband has had a fence put up, built a screened in porch and done a few other handy man things which have satisfied his need to fix stuff, while I have sat on the couch inside, happily relaxing in my nice clean home as he worked!

cant wait to see pictures and i will pray for you as you go through the closing and the move!

Kaz and Amy said...

Congrats! So exciting! I just found your blog and love it! I'm now a follower!

amy
www.theprikazskys.com

Becca said...

Oh so so excited for you that you found a house! :-) I cant wait to see it and hear more about it -- and I totally feel your pain on the house fixer-upper versus "move in ready" - I cant imagine why you would want to do any work besides decorating to move into a house?! :-)

Karah said...

Yay for the new home. I was wondering if yall had found a home yet. Its always so exciting to purchase your first home. Good Luck!! ;)

Melissa said...

Congrats on the new home!

RN Mama said...

Oh wow, I'm so excited for you! I hope you'll post pictures soon:)

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Congrats on the new home!

Alex and Jill said...

Congrats on the new home, girl!

Jess said...

YAY!!! I'm so excited for you both!!

I'll be praying that everything goes smoothly!

In this wonderful life... said...

That's so exciting about the house! Can't wait for you to walk barefoot in your hard!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

wahoo for a new house!! that is so exciting!