I love the show "House Hunters," but they're not doing anybody any favors by making it look so easy! If only it were as simple as picking which of the three nice houses is the nicest, we woulda had a house years ago! Corey and I have been on the hunt for our first home for nearly two months now, and it has been a grind, to say the least. Over the course of our search, we've seen nearly 20 houses, and we like things about all of them, but not everything about any of them.
Here is a small sample of some of the properties we've seen...This was the first house I really liked. It is gorgeous, and brand-spankin new. But, as you can tell by the picture, it is small. And by small, I mean pretty darn tiny. As for our dream backyard with lots of room for our doggy to run around and big enough for a swimming pool? Ya, not gonna happen in this one. PASS.
This is "Boyd" (named after the street it is located on) and boy, does it have a nice yard! This is more what we're looking for in terms of space and room to expand. But there is ZERO closet space and the bedrooms are very small. While it remained a contender for a while, we could not get past the bedroom size. PASS.
This one I liked, but the street it is located on is not so nice. If there's one thing we've learned throughout this process, it's location, location, location. This one also had no backyard. PASS.
If there's one thing I'd really like in a home, it's an open kitchen and an open floorplan. We plan on doing a lot of entertaining, and we've got a big crew to accomodate. This house had that, and everything was so clean and upgraded. The only downside? It's located on an extremely busy street. We can't have kids and dogs running around on a busy street. Unfortunately, PASS.
We'd seen several nice homes like these, all with something we just couldn't compromise on. After a while, all the houses started to look the same. And then it finally happened... we walked into the door of this house and we got that feeling...
When we opened the door and saw the front room, Corey and I both looked at eachother like "this is it!"
The floor plan was open, the walls were freshly painted, the kitchen was completely upgraded...
And the icing on the cake? It already had a pool. We were sold.
Within two minutes of being inside, we were already planning our offer. This house was listed on Friday morning, and by Friday night, we had put our very first offer in on our very first house. We were nervous and excited and so happy...but we were trying not to get our hopes up too much. By Monday morning, 10 offers had been put on the house. 10 OFFERS. We thought we had no chance. But when our real estate agent called and said we were in the final 2, we freaked out! We had a 50-50 shot at getting our house! We signed our counter offer, sent it off immediately and awaited news. Sadly, on Tuesday morning we got the call that the sellers went with the other offer, who offered well above the asking price. We had gone all in on our initial offer and weren't willing to over-extend ourselves, so we quietly and sadly let it go. They say to keep your emotions out of it, but we envisioned this house as our home. We could see barbeques in that backyard, a Christmas tree in that front room, and I had already designated the nursury. For the first time, we could see it. But our search continues...
Ideally, we'd like to have our house before the wedding so that we can return from our honeymoon to our home and have a place to put all our new stuff. But, like people keep telling me "what is meant to be, will be." All I've ever wanted was a house we could call a home, and I'm ready to find it. Thankfully, our good family friend, Sue, is the best real estate agent who has been right there with us through it all. We'll be looking for more homes this weekend, so *fingers crossed* we find the one!