So, I'm really behind again. Bleah. My parents came in for almost a week, and now my friends Bri and Chelle from high school are here. (They're in the next room; we're all supposed to be sleeping; I swear I'm not neglecting them.)
Sigh. This house hunting sure is . . . interesting. So, last month we bought the first house we looked at (not the only one, just the first one). It wasn't our perfect long term house, but it had a lot of great features for this stage of our family. Everything was going great—It was even coming to come partially furnished!!—then the inspection came back with major snags: foundation, landscaping, mold, termites, roof leaks, unproper electrical. Tens of thousands of dollars, and the seller was not really to negotiate. (I say good luck to them in the future!!) So, we were released from that contract.
We kept looking, trudging forward. We didn't find any that Jeff and I both liked. Then a HUD home came up. It was in a gorgeous, brand new community. It was only three years old, and the second and first floor were in immaculate condition. The basement had flooded (so there was mold from the water around all the dry wall) and there was a crack in the foundation. Those problems would not cost that much money at. It had sold for $240,000 three years ago new, and it had the price reduced to $180,000. We put in an offer for $125,000 (seller paying closing costs). It was rejected. We looked at the website again today, and an offer of $120,400 (seller not paying closing costs) was accepted.
So close to a beautiful home in a great neighborhood. The front was all brick. The family room was open all the way to the second floor, with the second floor hallway open like a balcony. The basement was huge, and so was the master suite.
Slipped away by just a few thousand dollars.
So, we go back on the prowl, bruised and probably more educated.
On a positive note, I went to the mall the other day with a sweater and a pair of shoes. In the process of finding sweet after Christmas sales and returning those two items, I left with two pairs of shoes, a sweater, a pair of jeans, and $10 back on the credit card. Sweet, eh? Why does anyone do their shopping before Christmas? Haha. Everything is so much less expensive after!!
So, we are still looking at homes in the area, but we are now also toying with the idea of new construction. We're slightly intimidated though by all of the unknowns that can pop up. Have any of you built? Or thought about it?