Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Who Would'a Thought???

Who would'a thought? I feel like I have been saying that a lot lately about the real estate transactions we are currently deeply embedded in!!! I remember when we bought our current home, how stressful and crazy it was. And this time, having to sell AND buy has doubled the stress and craziness!!!

The sell of our home has gone really well...not that I am trying to tempt fate. Knocking on wood RIGHT NOW. But we have a great buyer with a wonderful realtor and everything on that transaction (including the crazy things we have asked from them for our buying transaction) have panned out really nicely.

So my most recent "who would'a thought" question has been "Who would'a thought that selling a house would be the EASY part?!!?" Not that it is "easy"....or cheap. Mercy sakes alive moving is expensive and stressful!!! I don't know how people do it on a regular basis. I told Cole that I might always look at houses- I just like doing that. But make no mistake, I am not interested in moving again. EVER. EEEVVVVEEERRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The home we are buying (see pictures below) is a great house that was on the market FSBO for a while. When we lost our Cannes house, we started looking for a new home right away since we had already sold our current house at that point. We looked. and looked. and looked. We found one that was okay. But that was it...just okay. It will be a fabulous house for someone I know. But for us, and our needs, it just didn't work. But it was clean, big, and on budget. And I was really fighting my need to have a home for our family with my desire not to settle on what we want to be our "long term" home.

The night after our second showing on the "okay" house, I was really wrestling with what we should do. Cole liked the house (mostly the price) and was in agreement to make an offer...IF I would be happy there. And I probably would be happy in that house. For 5-6 years. Not 20-25 years like we really want. So I was at the computer, and just prayed that the Lord would show me the way.

Well the day of that second showing, we had driven down a friend's street because she said there was a really nice house with a great backyard that was FSBO. We drove the street and didn't see any houses that were for sale. So we figured it had sold. Well after I prayed that night, and did ANOTHER (what I thought would be fruitless) search, BAM! There it was. I was SO excited that I called our realtor right then to make the appointment. It was the house that was for sale by owner, and they had just listed it! We got in the next morning at 9 am. Cole had gone to the store, and when he walked in the door, I told him that I had found our house! And that it was UNDER our budget!!! forward two offers, one counter, and one lackluster inspection later.... This is the house I wrote about last time that they countered our full price offer with some crazy stipulations and we walked away. Well we gave them a few days to prove that the buyers in this market at that price were not going to be beating down the door. So we put in another offer and met them halfway on their terms. And they accepted! So Monday we had the inspection. Overall, it was an okay inspection for a 15 year old house. But there are some roof issues. I don't really want to go into it, but lets just say that somethings need to be fixed or replaced before we will move forward. Our realtor is due here in about 30 minutes to write up the repair requests. Please say a little prayer that all goes well. The longer this takes, the longer we will be crashing with my parents, and the harder this whole thing will be!

Now the fun part... PICTURES!!! I took these at the inspection. We are planning on new carpet ASAP and new countertops very soon too. And of course paint and light fixtures along the way. Oh, and the WALLPAPER is coming down IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!! But the bones are good, and we love the backyard. I know, I know. I said I wanted a "turn key" house (didn't I say that on here? Well I did in first...). But truth is, I like the fact that I can make it "ours." That is important to me.


Our new home!!!

Back deck 2 levels!

Top level of deck with speakers and fan.

Walk-in pantry

Living room with built ins.

My new craft room.

Ava's room. All of the bedrooms are HUGE!

Guest room.

Guest bath

Guest bath again

Built ins....LOVE THEM!

Front door...going to be painted black. That is my signature I have decided. And I like black doors better with red brick than any other color. :)

SOOO glad it has a storm door! I love ours and really wanted one in our new house!

Huge formal dining room! Never had one of these before...super excited!!!

Eating area off kitchen. Goodbye wallpaper!

TADA! Kitchen!!! Gas JennAir range, double ovens, deep sink, TONS of cabinet space, walk-in pantry. I could live in this room. Minus the green and wallpaper! ;)

Switches in the master bathroom. This house was custom built and has light switches EVERYWHERE! TONS! Very thoughtful in the design.

Storage in the master bath water closet.

water closet in master bath. Cole's favorite room. :)

Master vanity (and guest appearance by ME!)

Ahhhh LURV this tub. It is HUGE!

Master bedroom. I have already bought new window treatments. :)

Laundry with built in office area. Love this! It is off of the kitchen so I think it will be really functional for the way we live.

Hope you enjoyed the BEFORE tour! Stay tuned for the AFTER tour...if we ever get through this process! AHHHHH!!!!!!



montanna said...

Wood countertops are becoming popular again in modern kitchens. We now know that wooden countertops, when properly cared for, are both long lasting and sanitary.

The Brewers said...

Thank you! Are you talking about butcher block or actual hardwood? I have seen wood used on HGTV and they are beautiful. I am just not sure how they would look with the white cabinets and the oak floors?