What did it feel like as you found your first home?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The home felt amazing – could definitely picture ourselves in it. But with the market being so aggressive here, it felt very unsettling that we may not get the place, since the odds are so against you in 10+ offer situations like we have here. It was a nail biter until the moment we closed!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

To be honest, I was petrified. I felt like I was signing my life away when I signed the mortgage. It all paid off though, as various homes I have owned have all appreciated greatly in value and I am now mortage free!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I was very unsure. There were definitely some cosmetic things that I hated about our house (now that they are fixed I love our house) but at the time I did have some doubts and wondered if we were making a mistake, and was feeling pretty anxious and scared about the idea of so much debt.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Is having the inspection prior to putting in the offer common where you live? We put in the competitive offer first, and then had the inspection after they chose our offer, which gave us a lot of haggling room so we could adjust our offer based on what was wrong via inspection. Not to mention paying for an inspection not knowing if you even have the best offer. My realtor said contingent offers don’t even get looked at in this market. Mostly I’m just curious how things work in Canada, I don’t mean to be so pessimistic!

My thoughts were “Ohhh, I like this floor plan! They did a wonderful job remodeling the kitchen – beautiful cabinets and high end convection oven/cooktop. Wooden stairs instead of carpet – very modern, and much easier to clean. Holy crap, a jack-and-Jill bath – great for when we have kids! The master has a jetted tub! Wow look at the size of the master closet!” Etc etc. We both got very excited and loved it from the start. At the inspection we loved it less, but we adjusted our offer and they fixed some stuff and lowered the price. Now the things that need fixed are within budget, and we are happy with our soon-to-be purchase 🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@crayfish:  +1. We were competing with another bid, and I was terrified ours was going to be rejected (especially since we had already made an offer on another house and had it rejected in a similar situation). I was panicking up until we got the e-mail saying that the house was ours. Then it was nothing but pure relief!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was super ready. We have a pool, and when we were looking at homes, it was smack in the middle of summer in Texas. So my main thought was let’s get the process going so I can get my butt in the pool! Plus, I was just ready to have our own place and didn’t want to mess with landlords and such anymore. I wasn’t scared at all..just ready! 🙂

I bought this house with my ex-husband, and kept it after the divorce and now live here with my current husband. I love it so much, and our neighbors are fantastic. It will be hard for me to ever consider leaving. 😉

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Seashells7:  We found our first home after seeing only 3 other houses!!!! We loved everything about the house with only a few minor changes that needed to be made. We put in the offer that very night and it as accepted the next day!!!! It was such an exciting and nerve racking feeling as we wanted the house so bad and I was also worried someone else was going to try and put an offer on it when we did. We get the house in 10 days!!! I cant wait!! I currently live with my inlaws so I cant wait to get out asap

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Unfortunatly there are massive bidding wars going on in our city when we were looking at homes. We did not get our ‘perfect’ starter house. However, we both want to live outside the city eventually so we knew we were also looking for a ‘right now’ home. When we found our current home I was very anxious until I knew it was ours.

When we did find out that our offer was accepted, it was a whirlwind of emotions. At first I was terribly excited, scared because what happened if financing fell through? Anxious, I had never moved before, up until then I was living in the house that my parents brought me home to as a baby. Then I looked at (boyfriend at the time) hubby, and asked when the hell he was going to put a ring on it!- a joke as it was an ongoing debate between us what should come first the house or the ring?

Try to just stay calm, and relax because honestly it sucked the million times that we were out-bid.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We found our perfect home and have been so excited.  Then panic stricken.  Then excited again.  Then the appraisal came back and it was super low, so it looks like the deal is blowing up.  It’s frustrating to be so close to something and have it fall through.  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

hahah husboy and I bought the FIRST and ONLY house we looked at (totally insane) we just loved it immediately. We weren’t really even looking to buy, I just saw it online and thought it might be fun to go look. We moved in like 3 weeks ago, so it was a VERY busy spring as I graduated college, packed, moved, bought a house, and opened my own etsy shop.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

It felt amazing, yet nerve-wracking. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

When I first saw the house I was excited, but scared because I wasn’t really sure if it was the one. We then brought our parents to see it and I knew it was perfect for us after seeing it again and picturing us and our stuff in it. We haven’t closed yet on it so I’m still nervous we may have to walk away if the appraisal comes back low. I’m hoping it doesnt or I will be devastated because we have put a lot of time and some money into this process.

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