Post # 1
So FI and I recently were preapproved for a mortgage (submitted all paperwork, bank verified everything, solid preapproval). We started looking at houses online, and went to see 4 of them that we liked yesterday.
One of the houses blew the other 3 out of the water. It is everything we were looking for except: no dishwasher and no bathtub (2 showers). That’s it – everything else on our wishlist it has! Including beyond – we were looking for a garage, it has a 3 car garage. Looking for a large backyard – it has an acre of property.
Also, FBIL knows the owners’s son, and so we know that the owners took care of the property (he knew the family a little bit).
So even though it was our first time looking, FI and I (and our Realtor) feel like it’s the right one – great price, under our budget, and with everything we wanted. Also it’s almost exactly between where FILs live and my parents (they live about 35 minutes away from each other and we would be right in the middle with this house).
We started the house search figuring we would get our feet wet in April, hold off the house search in May to get married, and resume in June – but it looks like we may be putting in an offer very soon! FI is contacting our Realtor today (he’s a close family friend) to get some more info and see if we can do another walkthrough (since we were so excited yesterday we want to do a more level headed walkthrough). But we spent about 45 minutes to an hour at the house, and we wentthrough it pretty carefully (FI used to be a house inspector so knows what to look for).
Post # 2
MsYankee: I don’t think it’s that crazy, especially since you can schedule your closing date after your wedding. Just stay organized and don’t procrastinate 😉
Post # 3
housebee: I completely agree!
FTR, though… I could not live without a dishwasher
Congratulations on finding your new home and Best Wishes for your wedding!
Post # 4
It’s not crazy, we bought a house in Jan and are getting married this June. The original plan was to start looking around in the winter and not really get serious about purchasing until this summer. But the right house at the right price came along, so we went for it.
A dishwasher isn’t that expensive to put in, so that’s a pretty easy fix. And a tub is overrated. We’re ripping one of ours out so we can put in a walk in shower!
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Friends of ours closed on their house and immediately started gutting it… 2 weeks before their wedding. Insane? Quite possibly. But it worked for them. 🙂 Good luck with whatever you decide!
Post # 6
MsYankee: We closed and moved in last month and our wedding is in June. It is stressful but so, so worth it. 🙂
Post # 7
housebee: Thank you! Luckily I’m super organized with the wedding stuff, and almost everything is done (even our escort cards, just have to add table numbers when that’s finalized, and programs, just have to print them). Yes, and our lease expires July 31st so everything with timing would pretty much work out (we’d be willing to use the extra time to move slowly from apartment to house and not have to rush if closing is delayed, etc)
MrsBonJovi: haha, I know. But everything else is so great I may just might! Or we could put one in or do a portable thing….options!
MariContrary: Thanks. I need a tub – we plan on getting dogs and TTC after the wedding, and puppies/dogs and kids need baths in bathtubs! haha But we’d have some time before having to do that, and the downstairs bathroom has a lot of space to put a tub in
lovekiss: Thank you! We wouldn’t have to remodel this house at all (with the exception of bathtub) just paint (only because I want color – it’s been freshly painted white but I’ve lived in apartments so long with white walls I want anything but white walls!!)
springbride23: Congratulations on both!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2014 - Excalibur
To me, it would be way too stressful. with already taking time off for the wedding can you take extra time for house related things? You will need to take time off for inspections and closing. perhaps even moving. packing and unpacking is time consuming. It obviously can be done but do you want to be doing all these things while you are abut to get married?
Post # 9
We are thinking of getting preapproved here soon to start looking as well because our apartments lease is going to be up 5 months before our wedding and their rates are already too high. We figured with moving costs, deposits, and pet deposits we could have our closing costs for a house rather than another rental. We feel crazy too but just think how excited you will be to come home from your wedding to your own home. I say don’t procrastinate because too many people I know have lost the home of their dreams just waiting an hour!
Post # 10
MsYankee: Congrats to you! What an exciting year. We are sort of in the same boat – we just closed on a condo and our wedding is in September. 🙂 It’s been pretty hectic, not gonna lie… especially since 1) the place we bought needs some work, and b) we have to sell the place we currently live in. But it’s worth it – we’re so excited to have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, outdoor space and parking in our ideal neighborhood! (these things are a big big deal if you live in DC)
Post # 11
Not crazy at all, only one thought: will you be having children, and is this the house you would stay in to raise them? if so, you might want to reconsider not having a bathtub !!!
Post # 12
MsYankee: wow sounds perfect! Hope you get it
Post # 13
It doesn’t sound crazy to me. I bought my first house at 22-23. I looked, found something, bought, and closed all in 30 days AND starting a new job. Like PPs said just stay organized. It can be easier than you think. Congrats If you do take it!
Post # 14
MissHarleyBlue: Thanks, luckily FI and I have very flexible jobs where we are able to take the time off we need. We are hoping to schedule closing after the wedding, though – but we will have to see how it goes.
abm0611: Thanks! It’s very exciting!
nightborn: Thank you! Congrats as well, sounds awesome!
therealbee: Thanks, see my reply post above – definitely would put in a bathtub if we get the house, there’s space to do it – we would do that in the next 2 years or so (FI is very handy and can do it himself, another bonus).
MrsSpagan: Thank you!
Post # 15
Congrats!!! I am so excited for you A new life and a new home all at the same time!!!
Cannot ask for any better combo!!!