(Closed) On To Our New Adventures…

posted 8 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Good luck!! That will be our next move as well, but we aren’t quite there yet. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Congratulations!

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.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

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 # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 11
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Helper bee
  • 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.

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