I have been urged by several people to write about our adventures in house-hunting here. Honestly, that is one of the aspects of our lives that I have intentionally been fairly private about, partly because it all seems too good to get my hopes up. But it is an adventure that many people embark on, to various ends, and therefore,one worth talking about.
The home buying process is not an easy one. Sometimes, it isn’t even fun. Back when Jeramy and I used to watch cable television, we would sometimes watch those house hunting shows, and long for the day when that could be us. They make it look fun on TV, but in reality it is sometimes discouraging, confusing, or overwhelming. A couple of times I almost threw in the towel, such as after our first offer was rejected with no negotiation on a house. We allowed ourselves to grow too attached, too fast.
Today, we have at last put in an offer on a different house. We should hear back by the weekend, and the negotiating will (hopefully) begin. I admit, I am terrified. Excited and hopeful, but also terrified of home ownership and all of the possible side effects of that type of responsibility. So much paperwork, so many things to consider, so many hoops to jump through before we can breathe easy.
There is so much to think about, and last night I even dreamed about our meeting with our real estate agent. Until all of this is said and done, a portion of my thoughts will be dedicated to our home search. Whether it is this house or another, or even if we somehow end up having to postpone a house and live in another apartment, it is all weighing heavily on my mind.
I promise you, when this search is over, I have some very funny stories to tell you. Tonight though, I am far too distracted to do them any justice. Hopefully soon I will have some good news, and some photographs to share. Until then…I would love to hear your stories, if you have gone through this, or are doing so now. Any anecdotes or tips you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
- “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
- ~Douglas Adams