So for the past 3 months Matt and I have been house hunting. Oh...My....Gah!!!
This has been the most extremely frustrating experience so far in our married life....the wedding was a piece of cake thanks to my fabulous (money-well spent) wedding planner, grad school was stressful but manageable...house hunting topped it all!!
For the past year Matt put us on a super strict saving budget....very little shopping for me and i mean fun shopping like a shirt here or a dress there. Matt is a numbers guy and really the rock to our savings...i would not have the will power by myself and yet it did lead to some disagreements in which he realized i can only ignore my shopping addiction for so long and i realized if i want to move out of my apartment i needed to change my thinking. So we saved and saved and finally in March we had a good nest for us to begin the official process of looking with a realtor.
I made a mistake of putting some things on credit and not paying it off immediately during Oct/ Nov and that hurt us from getting a loan thru our bank. I was devastated and thought because of my shopping i had ruined our plans. Our bank is awesome and found us a wonderful lender company, American Financial Network. Everyone we worked with have been so awesome and i can't thank them enough!!
We also lucked out with amazing brokers, our family friends, Ken and Ashley. Ashley is Matt's
2nd wife's best friend's wife's twin sister and Ken is her husband (we went to their wedding last year). Ken's business style is on par with matt's business sense and they have struck up a bro-mance which helped with this process because they were able to remain positive and guide us thru walk thru's of house and give professional opinions on what could be renovated.
So lets talk top 3 house hunting pet- peeves:
1- Pictures are not worth a thousand words in this case!! Pictures are very misleading!! For the most part I "fell in love" with some houses based on the pictures, but when we actually went to see the house it was all sorts of wrong. The layouts made no sense, there was actually A TON of renovation required, I didn't notice the square footage and the places were tiny, there was an oil drill tower-thingy next door...so many things not included in the pictures.
|The picture looked great and I wanted this house...except in person it was TINY!!!|
|Again much smaller than the picture makes it look like and a bad layout in general...the wall would need to be knocked down to open up the space in a better way|
|Same house as above but the picture made me think the washer dryer was somewhat hidden, nope! smack center of the hallway|
2-Let's talk prices...oh my lord!! Some houses are NOT worth the listing price. I get so mad when i see a house that has not been touched since the late 70;s/ early 80's asking for 500-700, 000. Seriously no, just no people. I don't care if it's a nice school district, that should not be the sole reason for the price being jacked up....because if you think about it lets say the house is listed for 525, 000 and needs like 100,000 dollars of work...it's a ton of money when you could buy something brand new for the same amount....plus the fact that when you renovate older homes there is ALWAYS something wrong with them (Property Brothers and Love it or List it marathons make me happy... in fact HGTV makes me happy). This one house we looked at was priced at 225,000 for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath but needed at least 80,000 worth of reno. we just didn't like it for us and the next day it was re-listed for 345,000!! Um NO!!
|house mentioned above...it's under how so no reno on the front/ curb appeal|
|it would have been a big expense to redo these stairs...so unsafe for a future family|
3-Lastly the dreaded other buyers. Just once i wanted to hear you are the only offer/ buyer for this house. Nope here in So Cal the housing market is on a rise, especially in my price range of 325-350,000. I know there is a small housing boom throughout the country but man cash offers are killing us!! Other offers above asking price were killing us!! where are people getting the money to do cash offers?! my "dream" house, which was literally like 100 feet away from my current apartment, was listed for 325,000 then 8 other offers came in and the seller re-listed for 345,000 and lost the "bidding war". It sucks....we went to "war 3 times" and all 3 times were not picked.
BUT..... but on our 4th try, we found our new home!! We move this week. so if this is my last post for this week you know why :)
|love seeing the sold sign in the top corner on redfin|
|the living room...we bought the blue/grey couch and the coffee table off the owners|
|yay fireplace!!! and shutters!!|
|we bought the table and chairs from the owners as well and I happens o have that exact same Paris picture|
|big kitchen with so mach space and storage...so excited!!|