After a disappointment in November with the house we thought we loved (more on that later), we took a bit of a break from house hunting, then picked up again after the holidays. We dropped the realtor we had worked with the first time and thanks to a glowing recommendation from my friend Maria we connected with Rita Lindle (http://www.ritalindle.com/). Rita worked hard as our advocate and guide and on March 1st, 2014 we found our home.
Rita rescued us from the stress, anxiety, confusion and frustration that had been building up since the purchase that fell through in November. My boyfriend and I were in err… a slightly tense place, feeling like we were in limbo. Think about what it feels like when you can’t finish a sneeze. Then think about sitting with that feeling for about 5 months. By the end of February and after at least 100 houses I had been feeling so tapped out that I didn’t pay much attention to the listings Rita had sent us that week. BF and I just happened to be up north when one of that week’s listings was having an open house so we decided to stop by. The instant we walked in we knew. We had seen plenty of houses that would have worked, and many were even the style we were looking for. But this one was it. Even more than the house we had tried to purchase in November. With the first house we loved some features and then loved what it could be, after we performed renovations. With OUR house, we loved it at first sight, just as it was. We knew there were renovations that we would like to make but we would be completely content living in the home as is. (Minus paint colors, as you will completely understand after the next post)
So after that first look (March 1st, 2014) we immediately called Rita and got things moving. By March 4th we had a pre-inspection, sewer scope and put an offer on the house. And on March 27th we moved in! We just couldn’t stand the idea of paying out April rent when we now owned our own home. It was another stressful, chaotic and emotionally taxing phase of this process but it was absolutely worth it. When we woke up after our first night in the house, I stared at the tree outside our window and I felt like I could just lay there and breathe.
Just yesterday we celebrated our 1 month anniversary in our nest and we continue to spread out and settle in. Hopefully this calm lasts as we begin digging into renovations in the next few weeks!