Post # 1
Well Bees, our wedding has come and gone and we’re on to the next big phase of our life – Buying our first home together! I definitely have a mix of emotions – excited, nervous, anxious. We have our first appointments later this afternoon! I’m excited for the obvious reasons, but nervous because I’m afraid this will be a very tidious process. We’ve been going back and forth for a while about if we should build a new home or buy one that less than 5 years old. Sounds crazy – but you really don’t want hubby or I to have to “fix” anything. Also, we’re a very modern couple and an outdated home just wouldn’t be any good for us. If you’re going to be spending that kind of money you better love it! 🙂 I can’t wait until we can start our lives in a brand new home – that’s completely us and the new things that will come. All of the new memories that will be made 🙂
How did you feel when you first bought a house? Did it take you long to find what you were looking for? Did you build?
Post # 3
We just put an offer on a house, it’s short sale so we’re expecting to wait a while to hear back. At first I wanted the “perfect” house, but quickly realized that doesn’t exist. There’s always certain things that you don’t like, but you just have to see if there’s more good then bad, and I figured the bad can always be changed later on in life. We have plenty of time to fix it up. I also knew I’d have to be less picky b/c I’m 16 weeks pregnant, and we want to get in the house before I have the baby.
We did a LOT of research online and looked at tons of houses. We found the ones that we liked, and just drove by them to rule some out. It was very helpful for us, especially b/c we need a big backyard for the dog, and it was easy for a lot of them to see just driving by that it wasn’t going to work. I feel in love with the one house so we called our realtor and asked to see it. And a couple of nights later we put a bid in! We didn’t even go in any other houses.
After I decided to be less picky, I started to enjoy house hunting a lot more. I’m very excited about getting the new house, and nervous too. Mostly nervous about money though.
Post # 4
Good luck!! That will be our next move as well, but we aren’t quite there yet.
Post # 5
We closed on our first house last week and are moving in in two weeks! We are thrilled!! Strangely, for me, this made our marriage feel more real than the wedding…
From starting to look to closing, we were at it about 2.5 months. We (ok, mostly me) were extremely diligent in looking at a TON of places online and about 20-30 in person. We reasonably quickly learned the things that we wouldn’t like, so we could get more efficient at looking at places.
My best advice is to take any place that you think looks interesting online and put it in walk score (www.walkscore.com) to see what’s nearby. Yes, it’s great to see how walkable your neighborhood is, but it’s also great for seeing if there’s a tacky bar at the end of the block, etc. I also put anything that looked interesting into Google and looking at the streetview. Very helpful for seeing what’s next door, across the street, etc.
Oh, and make sure you have all your paystubs, tax returns, etc ready for the loan. It’s really not fun to have to track everything down at the last minute.
All this said, the house we bought was built in 1892, so we were dealing with a very different set of issues than you’re likely to face.
Good luck! It’s such a fun process (though certainly stressful).
Post # 6
My husband and I got married in March and closed on our house in May. What we did was come up with a list of “must haves” and “wants” and ranked them. For example, for us, having a garage that entered the house on the first floor (as opposed to the basement) was a must. Having a finished basement would have been nice but we could live without it. There were countless other things, but that helped us to rule out a lot of houses that weren’t going to meet our “must have” list.
We had been looking for probably a year before we found our house. But, we’re extremely picky, so it probably didn’t have to take that long.
Post # 7
we bought a condo a couple of months before we got married. (bought house in late jan, moved in beg of march and got married in june).
It did not take too long after we decided what we wanted. it was figuring out what we wanted that took so long. it took about a year to look, but once we started activly looking (physically going ot houses) about 5 months. we looked online and drove around a lot. I reallly suggest a realtor.
Take your time! this is a big decision and you want to be happy with your purchase. BUT you will have to compromise something unless budget is not an issue…
good luck 🙂
Post # 8
Well – we found one we liked and put in an offer today! Found out tomorrow…oh the nerves…my realtor told me to get some sleep tonight haha not likely
Post # 9
Congratulations!!! Buying a house is so exciting, but can be stressful and frustrating too. FI and I purchased our 2nd home just over a year ago, so we had to deal with selling our old one, and then buying a new one. Our old one ended up taking only 4 days to sell after being put on the market, and they wanted a quick possession so we had to find a house, pack and move within a move. Needless to say, we couldn’t wait for a new build, but we ended up finding a home we love (of course there’s a couple things we would change!) but it’s really the love you put into making it your own that makes it special!! Good luck on your search!
Post # 10
Still waiting to hear! ugh, this is killing me! lol We put in an offer on a house that’s a relocation (she has to move for her work) and omg the forms are ridiculous! Frustrated!
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe
We built our house and sometimes I’m glad that we did and sometimes I wish we had purchased first. We didn’t have a lot to spend so we had to make some tough decisions about what we wanted and what we had to leave out. The process was really long and we both decided this was going to be our forever house. On the one hand, I wish we had built when we had more money and more of an idea of what we really wanted but it’s nice to work on something you hope to have forever. We documented our the process on our personal blog. PM me if you are interested in the link.