House hunting

11.18.2011

Yesterday was day one of house hunting.  We were introduced to a realtor through Housing on base.  I wasn't initially in love with her but we set up an appointment to look at houses for a few days later.  B then checked in his new command and his new boss introduced him to the realtor that she just used.  We met with the new realtor yesterday and saw a few houses.  We are going to look at houses all day today too.

I didn't know how to break up with realtor #1 so I texted her and said that we wouldn't be able to meet with her because my husband got cold feet about buying.  Sorry.  She has called three times and texted 9 texts since then.  The loan guy has also called 3 times, emailed twice, and texted once.  OMG.  Awkward.

House hunting is exciting but frustrating.  There is so much on the market here in Maryland that we can afford.  Too many options perhaps.  You know what they say about raccoons?  That they are attracted and obsessed with shiny things?  My husband is the same way.  He is more attracted to a sparkly poop than a nice, solid (slightly outdated, old people wall papered) house.  He sees cheap upgrades and is turned on.  I see cheap upgrades and the over-inflated price tag.

We are staying in a hotel until we purchase a home so the pressure is on.  Imagine a small hotel room with a few large suitcases, a wild, often whiny 18 month old, my husband, and me all crammed in.  The pack and play is next to the front door so she can't see us as she whines herself to sleep.  On top of the couch sits our overstuffed suitcases.  There is not enough room and very little consistency.  We are all ready to get settled and gain a sense of normalcy.

Wish us luck as we navigate this cluster!

PS- we are supposed to meet our new realtor at 10am to start looking at houses.  She said she would text us in the morning with the address of the first house to meet at.  It is now 9:40am.  No text yet.  Did she break up with us?  Is this karma for screwing the first one?!

10 comments:

  1. Yay! How exciting to be house hunting! Especially knowing that you can afford a nice place (not a small run down condo like most of us here in CA). Have B watch Property Brothers, they always make the not-so-pretty-but-good-investment houses look great. All the shiny things can be added, which means he can pick them out, making it a project, maybe that's enticing for him?

    I think it would be great to live somewhere with a real fall, the pics of the leaves are lovely :)

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  2. I know you guys will find a great place. Not that you need my 2 cents, but I'll give it anyway since I'm the big sis. My advice is to concentrate on finding a great neighborhood (other houses and lawns kept up, kids playing out front, good school nearby, etc) and a street that is quiet for Eva to play on, etc...you can change lots of things about a house but you can't change your neighbors or the type of street you're living on. That was the advice that mom gave me when Gary and I were looking. I love that mom and dad found a house at the end of the cul de sac for us to grow up in- that was so perfect, huh!

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  3. p,s, your uggs are cute! it must not be too cold yet if you are wearing a t-shirt! :)

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  4. Ooohh. Its cold. Its in the 40's during the day. The picture is from a few days ago when we were in Asheville, NC.

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  5. Good luck girl! Can't wait to see what you choose :)

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  6. Good luck! It's such a process, exciting but so frustrating! Fingers crossed for you!

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  7. They always say buy the worst (not upgraded) house in the best neighborhood and NOT the best house in a crappy neighborhood. When the appraiser is looking for comparables, your neighbors will be the ones to set the price of your house. Like Sarah said, you can always upgrade your house on the inside and out but you cant do anything about your neighbors. Good Luck! Love you!

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  8. Don't worry about the realtor's feelings. Buying a house is super stressful and you need to feel comfortable with who you have representing you ;) And as for B-hopefully he'll come around to seeing that your logic is a bit more sensible. Just make sure that you get a really thorough home inspection if you opt for an older house as you don't want any surprise fixtures and can maybe negotiate for the seller to pay for some of the fixes if you know about them before you close. Good luck!!

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  9. Good luck and take your time! Such a big and exiting purchase...worth every moment it takes to make the best decision for you and your family! :)

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