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House Hunting

Saturday, June 08, 2013

So I haven't been as active in spark as usual, but I'm still getting my 5 a day in and doing what I can. I think overall things are going well.

I'm trying to buy a house. It is so much to look at and think about. I wanted to stay at the bottom of the price range, but to really get what I need, I think I'm going to have to go to the middle or higher end of the price range. It's kind of frustrating, but I have a friend that wants to rent a room so if that works out the extra money I would be spending on the loan would balance out in the end, but then i have less to put down on the property. I am hoping that what everyone tells me is true that when you walk into a house you know. I mean right now it's so much to think about cost, utilities, commute time, school districts (I don't have children, but I know it affects resale value), and the list goes on. It caused a little stress eating, but I've been back on track I had a couple days where I could have done much better, but overall I'm doing better and I'm not beating myself up too much about a couple bad days. Even if I gained a little back, one week of my journey is a small thing. I just hope I find the right house. I'm staying in my price range. As tempting as it is to go beyond it. I think it's best to just keep it affordable for now, this isn't my forever home, it's a starter home because my mortgage is less than rent for most of the apartments in the area. I am a little concerned about my job, but I think we'll be okay. I was more worried awhile ago than I am now.

Anyways that's my story. Not very exciting, but I go look at more houses this weekend and hopefully the right place and I find one another.
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    You will know when you walk in if the house feels right for you, I comp agree with that, however before that happens you need to keep relaxed about it or the stress starts to seep the enjoyment of looking & it becomes where you almost feel like you'll buy the next house just to get one and get it over with.

    Wishing you lots of luck with your house hunting, hope you find your wee dream starter house, might not be your forever home but first and foremost home is what it is! The investment of it and resale value etc should come secondary, even though it has to be a consideration.

    Should be proud of yourself for keeping your program going as much as you can at this busy time in your life! Well done & keep it up!
    1740 days ago
  • KIM___
    I felt the same way when we were house hunting. And every time we'd walk into a house I was trying to like it (if it was in our range).

    One day we found the perfect house. We knew immediately. Driving down the long driveway I'm thinking, no, the driveway is already a deal breaker. We turned the corner and (like the clouds parting and triumphant music playing) there was our dream home. Exactly what we wanted. A large house, some property and a creek running through.

    We were in some stinkers before we landed this one. I even went to houses that were way out of our price range ($300k) just to see what was so special about a 300k house. Nothing. There was a cracked foundation, crayon drawings on the unfinished drywall and not as much room (the vaulted ceilings have no storage or use for me) as I would like. It made me feel better when I came back to my price range.

    Good luck!
    1744 days ago
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