I always like to start at the beginning. I think I am kinda of OCD in that way. I know I could always just jump in right where I am, but I would rather start a story from the start. Which I can imagine makes me a great party guest who has to spend endless moments setting the stage before getting to the point. Kind of like I am doing now.
With no further ado…… the point is…. I bought a house.
My first house. My first house without anybody else’s name on the title or the paperwork. All mine. Is it weird to admit that it had always been a personal goal to be able to say that I, ME, MYSELF, bought a house?
My original plan when I put my old house on the market was to actually move into my parents house. The market was great for selling a house (inventories were low) and I felt that looking for a new house at the same time as selling a house and the logistics of timing the closings and the move where going to be nightmarish. I didn’t want to be put into a position to buy a house I didn’t truly love just because the opportunity to sell my house had presented itself.
I wasn’t actually planning to move back home, so to speak. (Another personal goal was to never ever move back in with my parents). I have 2 kids and 4 dogs and my parents have a 3 bedroom house. I was thinking since they weren’t actually using the house (they RV pretty much full time), it would be a place to settle for a while and launch a serious house search. And since it was right down the street from my current home, it would mean minimal changes for my kids. Same bus schedule, same friends in the neighborhood, etc.
But it didn’t exactly work out that way and I found a house before I knew I was even looking for one. Funny how that works.
I did have a list of must have’s for my next house.
- It HAD to be one story – no more upstairs and no more split bedroom living
- It needed to have 4 bedrooms – a guest room is imperative since my dad visits often for long periods
- I wanted a neighborhood with a community pool for the kids so I didn’t have to have one
- Front entry drive
- A smaller yard for easier maintenance
- A smaller footprint for utlities, taxes and upkeep
- Same school district/schools for the kids
A friend of mine stumbled across a house that just been put on the market, For Sale By Owner, in the neighborhood I was considering. Since house inventories where low, there weren’t many one-storied houses for sale. I rushed over and did a walk through with the owner and was smitten. I scheduled a second viewing on the spot to show my kids.
Here are the pictures from the second walk through…… which are in random order because I haven’t figured out how to move stuff around here..
So many great features which includes a huge walk-in closet in the Master Bedroom, two community pools, my son’s middle school in walking distance and both kids already had friends in the neighborhood. The house was less than 5 years old and with the exception of the rear-entry garage, this was a total score and I jumped on it. I put in my offer that same night and with a few back and forth texts with the owner, we came to an agreement.
And that is how I came to own a new home.