I signed up for updates on Zillow almost a year ago just to see what types of condos and homes were on the market and how much money I was going to have to pay to get something I wanted. There were two moments over the last year where both a condo and a home totally stole my heart and I went into my Emily moment where I’m like, mine, mine, mine, mine. They both sold very quickly.
And then Z came into the picture last May & we’ve both been moderately interested in homeownership, but not over-the-moon excited by any means. So, we decided that no matter what, we would be open-minded to the process of home buying and get educated on first home buyer programs and other important purchasing elements. That led to a long discussion (facilitated by a realtor) about what we both wanted in a future home, what our budgets were, where we wanted to live, ideal mortgage payments. You know, super adult convos.
So about a week ago, we went on a journey to tour three homes and one condo. The homes were charming in a lot of ways, but needed work done or were laid out kind of funky. One house was on a very busy street and the other one had the most charm of all, but a questionable basement situation.
Our trip ended at a condo in Sherman Hill that we already really liked based on Zillow pictures. We loved the price, the location, the layout, but wondered if it would be the same in person. When we walked in, we were both felt like it was similar to our apartment and was so simple. No basement to worry about, newer appliances, a separate bedroom for storage and crafting (yay!), and a garage.
We left feeling pretty good about the idea of making an offer, but wanted to flush some stuff out on our own first. After we chatted for an hour or so, the realtor calls and says, someone has made an offer on the condo and you have to decide in the next hour if you are going to put one in as well. So, we entered a bidding war around 9:00 p.m. the same day we toured the place, and were told that the seller had until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday to decide. I had a really good feeling about winning, but was extremely nervous about breaking our lease, spending a lot of money on a down payment, moving again, blah blah blah.
We got a call at 10:15 a.m. the next day saying we won the bidding war and were buying the condo.
So, here we are, 12 days out from touring and going through the home buying process. It is fast and then it is slow. I am excited and then I stare at my bank account feeling horrified. I love looking at paint colors and then I hate thinking about painting. But mostly, I’m excited to start the next chapter with Z and really make this place feel like home. The seller has been amazing to work with, our lender found the perfect fit for first home buyers, and our realtor (who is a friend of mine) is a rockstar!! We move into the place in just a little over a month, which means our current place is officially on the market.