- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
This Valentine’s Day, we spent the morning taking a drive to a nearby town we’ve never visited before. It was finally sunny and the perfect time to “visit” a house that we missed an Open House for since the Fi was out of town (visit as in drive-by very slowly and check-out without getting out of the car). The house wasn’t all that awesome, the yard was smaller than I’d hoped, the neighboring homes were a little too close for my taste, but the town … that town I liked.
It’s a small town with a population of under 3000 people, the entrance has an old stone bridge on a beautiful lake with a hotel that was featured in an old movie. There was a cafe near the lake and the whole area just seemed like it’s been untouched for a long time.
In our short drive-by we saw 2 or 3 large grocery stores, a main medical center, 2 large bank branches, a pizza place, a photographer, a cafe, and an actual tourist information building. It had pretty bus stops with a special sign and picture of the animal that represented the street it was on. There’s supposed to a few daycares nearby and the best part was the place is small so the lake isn’t that far of a walk from the house.
I had to talk the Fi into going to see it at first, but now he’s the one doing calculations and contacting the realtor. The Fi looked-up bus routes, since it was my main concern – that it would be too far from his work, but he found an “express bus” that takes 30-mins. He just called me saying he contacted the realtor and set-up a private showing on Wednesday night.
It looks like the process is starting. But I’m wondering if we’re rushing it. We’re not in a rush to find a home, but the size and location of this place is pretty nice, but the yard just isn’t as big as I expected. With such a tiny population, I wonder when a house will be available … but yet I don’t want us to kick ourselves for not getting this home, especially since it looks like we might even get it under the price they’ve listed — which is totally unheard of here since all the homes we’ve looked at sold for at least 20% OVER the list price. The realtor did say there’s 2 couples that were interested in the home but said they wanted to look around first.
In Sweden, the whole house-buying process is lightening fast! Homes will be shown twice (30-minutes each time), then after the last open house, the bidding is on. The house is usually sold within the first week! All homes we’ve looked at have been sold the very first week. It’s rare to see a house on the market for a month, in fact that means that no one wants it and it can be bought for under the price listed … which is what I’m hoping for … but … but …
it’s not totally the house I imagined in my head. I imagined a larger yard and a more open plan and a larger kitchen. The plus side of this house is the floor plan is unusual with a lot of open space, there’s a lot to play around with. For instance, we can take down the kitchen wall and integrate it with the living room.
I can go on and on and I will likely post again to continue since it’s only 4am in California. But I’m just wondering if my concerns are normal. It’ll be our very first home and reselling here isn’t as common (with the very high fees).
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