House hunting was fairly painless. I am pretty sure we are our realtor's easiest clients ever. We spent most of the day of driving through all of the neighborhoods surrounding the base. There was one house that really stuck out in our minds.
First off, she is huge. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms on over a third of an acre (15,000+ sq/ft lot) with a huge two tiered deck off the back, a 1,000 foot finished basement. and huge oversized two car garage. There is a jacuzzi on the deck, jacuzzi tub in the master, and mature trees on the property.
It is also located within a convenient 15 minute drive to base on a lovely cul-de-sac.
It was kind of hard to really imagine ourselves in the home because the woman (I'm assuming it was the woman) was a HOARDER. Not quite as bad as the ones that they show on TLC but she probably was before she put the house on the market. There were entire rooms filled up with boxes and bags of clothes and toys. Probably half of the basement was stuffed knee high with old toys and kid stuff.
Side note: walking through other people's houses is really weird. I felt the need to profile every family as we walked through each house (oh look the daughter moved out of this room recently. I bet she left for college because she is that age, all of her clothes are gone but the rest of her stuff is still here, and all of her photo books are strewn across the floor. Only half of the Dad's bed is unmade. The whole house is decorated in 1980's blue/pink bunnies except for the couple random Corvette posters. His wife either left him and walked away from the house the way she decorated or she passed on. Sad. The Dad must feel like the house is too big now that both his daughter and his wife are gone... Yeah, I used that much critical thinking to try to figure out that much detail). Also, one of the houses that we went through was an Officer who worked for the National Security Administration. He had small, "secret"ish cameras set up all over the house taping us as we walked through.
We put an offer in on the house yesterday. The seller's agent is meeting with them today at 4pm to go over our offer. We offered full price but are asking them to pay the closing costs. Our agent said it is a fair offer so I am hopefully optimistic.
If all goes well, we will be moving in our new monster house on December 28. By that time, we will need all of that extra room since we are still going to be staying in a hotel room until then. Can you say stepping on each other's toes?
Cross your fingers they agree with our price and we can move forward with the inspections!