Ok, well really we were under contract for this house in August. We didn't actually close until November 8th. And we don't plan to move until sometime between May-July.
Wait what? Yeah.
Christopher has signed with a hospital system, so we started browsing the housing market. We had been following it for a good 6+ months, knowing we most likely would end up there, and hadn't seen anything that I loved for a price I was willing to pay for it. So we moved towards building, found a builder and a plan we thought we liked, and started meeting with a bank. While we were waiting for approval on our construction loan, this house popped up on the market.
It was 1200+ square feet more than we could afford to build, and was listed for over $100,000 less than we were going to spend to build. And while I loved the house we were going to build, I wasn't 100% I love loved it, if that makes any sense. There were still some things missing from my dream house list, and it was a lot of money. So since I didn't hate the listing photos and the house looked to have more space than we could have dreamed of, Chris called the listing agent to see if we could look at it.
Honestly I was hoping I'd hate it. I wanted a new house. I'm tired of dealing with some of the issues in our not so new house right now. But I didn't hate it. I actually really liked it. Well crap! I mean who buys a house 9+ months before they actually need it? Us, apparently. We went back and saw the house again. I still liked it. A lot. The laundry room is huge and there is space for a playroom and a workout room and the number of closets in the house is just plain insane. We were referred to a relator who could help us since the listing agent couldn't really be our agent. There was some back and forth with the sellers, but ultimately we got the house and they agreed to a long closing period.
We decided to buy this house because if we were going to have to put down the money now to build, why not put down the money to buy instead. We plan to do some renovations, and a whole lot of painting. I'm so excited to have a house to decorate and renovate again. And a little stressed too. But mostly just excited!
Here are some photos of the house right now...
So. Much. SPACE. Those pictures don't even begin to capture it. I can't believe I didn't snap any pictures of the mudroom/laundry room area. It is easily the space that made me really REALLY want the house. There is going to be a lot of trim painting happening (hopefully by a painter!). And a complete gut job on the master bath. I can't wait to get started and have before and after pictures to share. But it will probably be a while!
We are truly so excited and blessed.