For the past several months, my husband and I have been looking for a house. I know we just got married and sometimes things feel rushed, but we’ve both wanted a house for a long time. It’s not that we’re ready to settle down, but we both have good jobs here and we don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. It just makes sense. In our long search, we’ve seen good houses and very, very bad houses and everything in between.
The market in our city is insane. We wanted a generally updated, two bedroom house, with a fenced yard on a quiet street. Doesn’t seem like too much to ask, right? Wrong. A house like that in our (low) price range is very hard to find. And when we did find one, most of the time it had an accepted offer before we could even go see it! The trouble is that everyone is looking for the same thing we are, and there aren’t that many houses to go around. So it’s easy to get discouraged, and boy did we! Lots of getting our hopes up about a house, only to go see it and it was nothing like we thought. We learned the hard way that pictures online can be very misleading!
Anyway, a few weeks ago we went to a couple of open houses, as usual. We saw one that we liked. It wasn’t in my favorite neighborhood, but the location was still pretty good. It was everything we wanted – two bedrooms, a fenced yard, and quiet street – plus a third bedroom and a fireplace! It wasn’t like the usual houses that both of us like..it’s a midcentury ranch. The picture above is of a very dated set of shelves in the living room. The house was a bit dated, but we’re not afraid of a little project (I’m a huge Fixer Upper fan!). So we decided to put in an offer. A few agonizing days later…our offer was accepted!
We had the inspection on Friday, and the inspector found a lot of issues with the house. Now we’re in the midst of negotiations. I want them to fix up the house enough so that it is move-in ready. Judging by the state the house is in, they probably don’t want to do anything. I’m hoping everything will work out, but I’m still skeptical. Maybe this is The One, and maybe it isn’t. I’m ok with that, but it would be a shame to have put this much effort into the house, only to have to start the process all over again.
Stay tuned for more updates!