But the husband says It's time to buy a house. The market is turning. We need to make our money work for us. Yea, yea, yea. I say we need to play it safe and live in base housing until he retires. It's the battle of the wills and I'm losing. However, the market might push us out if it keeps up with this crazy 'no inventory' thing.
Win or lose, we are making a go of home buying. Every Saturday we will drag our hinies out of bed at zero-dark-thirty to drive north to tromp around complete strangers homes... until the market soars out of reach or we break OR our offer is accepted!
I'm telling you buying a house is not for the faint of heart. I am learning all the ins and outs. More than I want to know. Home buying is not my thing. It's my husband's thing. Unfortunately, husband is a Marine and Marines work...all day every day. So, let's guess who is becoming the primary home shopper...yes. Not excited.
What I get excited about is taking pictures and I'm taking lots. It's helpful in remembering which house was at which address. Also, helpful with sharing with my family and friends via blog. *wink wink*
My husband fell in love with this house. All 3600 square feet of it. All 5 bedroom, three bath, unnecessarily huge loft, and permanent shelving in the three car garage of it. On paper, we could "afford" it. We were hours away from presenting an offer and I couldn't do it. This is what sensible people call a bad decision. Lesson #1: You can not afford what the lender says you can afford.
This was house #2. A little more subtle but terrible location. Neighborhood planner missed the mark on accessibility. No left hand turns into this community. You have to drive an extra two blocks to make a U-turn at the dead end. Drive back two blocks to turn into your neighborhood and another two blocks to your house.
Lesson #2: What annoys you on Day 1 will really annoy you on Day 1875.
House #3 was directly across from a sports park. On Tuesday morning that would have been ideal. I would have exclaimed Wow right across the street from the sports park! How convenient!
This house is perfect! Sold!
On Saturday morning, I said Next!
No parking. Strangers tromping around the yard.
Whistles blowing and crowds cheering all day long.
I like people. But not that much.
House #4 is the new build. It's our backup plan. In this market, the new builds are the deal.
Isn't it weird to think a brand new house is cheaper than a resale?
Unfortunately, there are about a hundred people before us shopping the same deals!
We didn't get the house. But we will keep trying.
Lesson #4: Have a back up plan for the backup plan.
My friends, those are all the lessons I have to share with you today.
If you have any words of wisdom for this future home owner, then I beg you to leave a comment!