I’ve talked a little bit about our house hunting escapades which are slowly beginning to look much more like “house buying” escapades. I’ve tried not to say too much, for fear of “jinxing” myself.
I know it’s silly, but sometimes I feel like if I speak too soon, and then it doesn’t happen… that I don’t want to have to deal with announcing that to everyone. I don’t want to have to get your hopes up or mine only to have to dash them publicly. So I try to stay mum, but then when it’s all I’m really thinking about all day, well it doesn’t leave me with much else to talk about. And then I find myself not really blogging. And momma doesn’t like not blogging.
So I’m going to take what my husband told me last night to heart and move forward. What he said was simple and hopefully true. “There is no such thing as jinxes.” Things will either happen or they won’t and I sincerely hope that something as simple as me talking about it isn’t going to prevent something from happening. And since this is also my place to chronicle my life, I don’t want to leave these things out because they matter. This is the real deal, you know? And I want to make sure we remember these moments.
Buying a house, or trying to, is kind of terrifying. It’s exciting and I am so hopeful and looking forward to each next step, but it’s also terrifying. Sometimes I think, “Am I old enough to buy a house? Do I really know what I’m doing?” And then I think, “Woman you are twenty seven years old and not getting any younger.” And, “You aren’t exactly doing this alone. You have an incredibly smart husband in this thing with you – not to mention the help of family and friends and a Realtor who came highly recommended and has been amazingly helpful.”
We’ve got an amazing support system and so far everything has gone smoothly. I think I mentioned that we put an offer down on a house, an amazing house at a really good price. They countered our offer and we accepted. The fact that they were game for our subletting contingency is really awesome – and equally awesome is that an ad that a friend of mine helped me write up for Craigs List has gotten 2 responses so far that look promising! Keep those fingers crossed that one of them works out.
Next step is to line up a house inspector to come look at the property – hopefully that goes okay. I know that the FHA loans in particular can be a little strict where the house inspection is concerned so hopefully it passes. It’s really all about timing now – balancing the needs of the seller, ourselves and our potential subletters – and the financing. And then the packing, oh lord the packing. And the purging! I’m ridiculously giddy about the purging, it’s one of my favorite things about moving because I’m strange.
So yeah, that’s where we are now. Waiting and hoping and praying and emailing and phone calling and way in over our head probably but you know, it’s all happening. Hopefully it continues to happen and I don’t have to write a post in a couple of days or weeks or months about how apparently jinxes are real. Cause that would stink.
Let’s make this post interactive – I’d love your best tips or funniest stories about buying a house. Or alternatively, tell me, what does your dream house look like? Tell me all about it in the comments section below.