Post # 1
My little brother is putting in an offer on a house today!
We are both looking, but he’s further along (we’ve been to a bunch of open houses, but haven’t yet gotten preapproved or gotten an agent). I’m very excited for him and it’s been fun to talk about it together, but I confess I’m a bit jealous he’s going to buy a house before me.
Technically we already own a place – but as Darling Husband bought the apartment years before we got married, I never got to experience the process or really feel like it’s “mine” in quite the same way. (His mother is still on the deed with him, after all!) And it’s an apartment, not a mostly-forever house.
It’s also pretty sad to talk about what we’re looking for. Him: 3 car garage (or 2 plus spot for bikes), 3 bedroom, 1.5 baths, yard, 7 mins to work and key places. Price: $160K. Me: 3-4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, yard half the size of his, good school district, 45-60 mins to work, 1 covered parking spot. Price: $750K+. Yeah, that’s New England versus midwest for you.
Post # 3
Ha congrats to your brother! Don’t worry it will be your turn shortly! And not to be sexist but you will probably enjoy decorating your place more than he will, his 🙂 the price differences are crazy! I’m in the midwest too and there’s no way we could ever afford a house on the coast.
Post # 4
@Magdalena: You are totally right on the decorating. Shesh, I even started trying to decorate his. Told him I loved the backsplash tile in the kitchen, but the fridge was an “interesting” color (it’s first up on the list to replace apparently), asked why would anyone ever put their couch to block the windows (as shown in the listing), that brown is nice, but all the walls the same colors is a little bland so wondered if they would repaint (answer: yes), that the deck looks gorgeous and I’m looking forward to alfresco dining there…
Post # 5
Just because he’s putting an offer in doesn’t mean he will be first. The Boston market is quite crazy at the moment, or so say my friends out there who are buying. Each of them have put offers on no fewer than 5 places before finally getting one!
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
It’s hard when someone else is closer to getting what you want than you are. We entered the market first, but friends of ours found, closed on, and renovated their house before we could even find ours. While we were thrilled for them that the process went so quickly, we were also a little jealous that their process went so quickly while we kept having heartbreak after heartbreak in our search. I just had to remind myself that it wasn’t a race, and that we would ultimately find our forever home. And we did. 🙂
Post # 7
So he got the house yesterday!