Welcome to the first post in my new “We Bought A House” series! Truth be told, we bought a house last July so we’ve been homeowners for almost a year. Owning a house for almost a year basically makes us experts in all things “house” so I want to share our story 😉
It was exactly this time last year that we were in Milledgeville for our second house hunting trip (our first trip didn’t work out). Have I ever told you that story? We had made an offer on a house in a neighborhood that I LOVED after our first trip here in March of 2015. We couldn’t agree on a price with the seller, so nothing ever moved forward. We made a second trip down here at the end on May – a year ago this week! We had a list of houses to look at with our awesome realtor. We had some time in between houses so I begged (literally begged) The Professor to drive back through the neighborhood that I loved the first time we were there.
The Professor DID NOT want to drive through the neighborhood. We had already checked the MLS listings and we knew there weren’t any houses for sale. He didn’t want to “cloud my judgement” on all of the other houses we were looking at that day.
After a few minutes of bickering, I won (obviously) and we headed towards my neighborhood. We creepily slow-rolled the neighborhood and gave the wave test to anyone we saw (and everyone waved back!). When we drove past the house we had made an offer on previously, what did we see? A FOR SALE SIGN IN THE YARD NEXT DOOR!
Seriously. I nearly jumped outta the car in excitement! I immediately went to the MLS list to find the house but it wasn’t there! While I panicked, The Professor calmly called our realtor to ask about the house. He couldn’t find it in his system either but he called the listing realtor and found out that the sign had been in the ground for less than 30 minutes. The listing realtor hadn’t even had a chance to get back to his office to post the listing!
Talk about being in the right place at the right time! We were able to get in the house that afternoon and look around. We absolutely fell in love with the place. The floorplan was a great match to what we were looking for. Three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The entire floorplan is open and the ceilings are tall and there are lots of windows with natural light shining in. The previous owners had even finished the basement. Most of the basement is set up to be a playroom, but there is also a movie theater set up. That was The Professor’s favorite room 🙂
No, they didn’t leave any of this awesome equipment…the room is still empty 1 year later.
We went back to our hotel room, had a milkshake, and decided to put in an offer. We spent all night and most of the next day going back over our finances and trying to figure out whether or not we could afford the house payment. It was a little more than the last house we had been looking at so we had to work with our mortgage lender to get our updated estimates.
We made a formal offer, went back and forth with the sellers a few times, and had a signed agreement before we left Georgia that week! It was exhilarating! …and then the reality set in. We bought a house. The next month was a whirlwind of appraisals, assessments, loan applications, amendments and other paperwork. We had to do most of our paperwork digitally and actually signed a few documents while we were honeymooning in St. Lucia!
This post is getting way too long and there are way to few pictures, so I’ll wrap it up. I have a lot of ideas for what to write in this series, but is there anywhere you want me to start? I’m definitely not an expert, but I sure do have a ton to say on the process!