wonderfully made: Finding our home

Friday, July 5, 2013

Finding our home

As I mentioned, we had 8 houses on the list to see on Saturday, June 22nd. The first one we saw was a total dud. Then, we pulled up to this cute little ranch with charming corbels in the front. I clasped my hands together and said to Greg- "now THIS one has some potential." I was able to tell by the photos online that this house had a lot of the qualities we were looking for and I was excited to see it in person. 

This home was built in 1960 and had painted brick and shutters. It had a two car garage, mature trees in front and back, and a great 3-1.5 layout. It had been updated since 1960 and only needed a few updates to really make it ours. So, we suppressed our excitement and moved on to the next 6 houses. 

I think we sped through those 6 houses in less than an hour. We would walk in and almost immediately turn around and walk out. We didn't want to waste any more time! 

Luckily, "the one" was having an open house that day so we went back and saw it again. We stopped to talk in the shady backyard and told our realtor to make an offer! This house seemed like the perfect fit.

Now, the house had JUST come on the market on Friday the 21st and our offer came in less than 24 hours after that. We got the call on Sunday the 22nd that there were "multiple offers" and the sellers were asking for our best and final offer. So, we upped our offer to list price with closing costs and their washer/dryer included. The next 24 hours were brutal! On Monday, the listing agent called Greg and asked if we would be willing to use a different lender. Apparently, realtors aren't fans of big box lenders and wanted the process to speed along, so of course we were happy to switch lenders. We still weren't sure if we had the house, but Greg promised an answer that night.

At around 7pm, Greg called to say that they had accepted our offer! It turns out that there were a total of FIVE offers but ours was the most appealing to the sellers.

And just like that, we were homeowners! Well, there was a lot of Paperwork involved but I'll spare you the details. ;)

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