Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Then comes... Home Sweet Home...

So, it's December and boy has winter come early in Texas. Usually around this time we are still walking around in short sleeves and flip flops in the nice, breezy 75 degree weather. Yet, here I sit in my fuzzy North Face jacket and leggings under my jeans in this chilly 30-40 degree weather. We've already had cautions of ice and snow! Yikes!

Last time I wrote Daniel & I were just going house shopping. Wow how things have changed in 2 months. Now that it's a done deal, I guess I can tell you all the nitty gritty details of our journey to becoming homeowners. We went shopping that Saturday and picked out 2 houses we loved. Yup, first trip looking and we found something we LOVED. After trips with the parents to get their opinions and lots of back and forth talk, we decided to put an offer in on one of the houses. The seller had just dropped their price (again!), so we thought it best to come in with a strong offer since I really wanted to avoid the back and forth negotiation. Our realtor (my aunt) called us back the next day to let us know the seller... countered with a higher selling price and we pay half the closing cost (originally we asked that the seller pay all closing costs.) We were crushed. After Daniel and I talked, we called our realtor and told her it was best for our bottom line to walk away from the house. My dad has always drilled in my mind to never get attached to anything and always be prepared to walk away when it comes to car and home buying... he was so right. We got attached and were devastated when we realized we just couldn't have it. About an hour later I get a phone call from my aunt telling us that the seller decided to accept our offer if we were still interested. Talk about meant to be!!! I can't even begin to describe the emotion that rushed through my body. The saying rings true... "if you love something let it go, if it comes back its yours..."

Next came our inspection, insurance, home approval process, hundreds of papers to sign, amendments extending our option period and negotiating roof repairs... I thought it was never going to end. Honestly though, everything went as smooth as it could. We never hit a huge bump in the road that stopped us in our tracks and made us rethink our decision. Nothing was put on hold and, even with the Thanksgiving holiday right in the middle of all this, we still closed on our set date. The ONLY obstacle we hit was finding out 2 hours prior to our set closing time that the closing was a mail in closing since the seller had moved to Oregon. Because of that, we had to postpone our move in a few days to make sure the whole process was funded... which, of course, it did. :)

We finally moved in and are trying to get unpacked before the Christmas holiday. I'm really looking forward to having our Christmas at our home this year. It has been a really bumpy, crazy, full of high's and low's year and I'm really ready to tie it all off and start next year in our new home. I'll be posting pictures as we get things done, but for now... here is a teaser picture of the front of the house :)