I haven’t been sure how to write this since the process has been so weird and rewarding, but Wes and I placed an offer on a house on Sunday, and our offer was accepted on Monday. It took one amazing mortgage broker and after a long search, we found the perfect buyer’s agent. Well, it’s more like she was found for us. Had I not complained to a co-worker about our agent at the time, we wouldn’t have met Nancy.
My co-worker introduced me to her agent who then gave my information to Nancy. I wasn’t sure what to expect since the last two agents were unhelpful (thanks, Chun!) or nonresponsive (with an assistant, mind you). I thought we were being overbearing, but I was assured we weren’t. She didn’t have any reviews, and that’s what I based my last two choices on. She called me and mentioned she had a home that isn’t listed yet, and it fit all of our criteria. She also gave us a list of other homes in the area that might fit our needs. I was a little concerned about the home that wasn’t listed yet. There were no photos of the inside, but I did notice a creek one door down on Google Maps and thought it looked interesting.
We viewed four houses on Saturday. The first home was one we had viewed already, but they lowered the price again. Nancy mentioned someone was going to place an offer soon, so we were thinking about making an offer as well if we weren’t interested in the other homes. I had already envisioned us there. The lot was on the smaller side, but the neighborhood was walkable. The home itself was nice, but I could tell we would outgrow it quickly. My personal favorite was the skylight in the dining area. The kitchen was remodeled, and it had a lot of amenities we wanted in a home, so it would have been a solid choice.
The second home we viewed was the unlisted one. The outside was freshly painted, and I loved the little flower bed next to the entrance. Wes and I stepped in, and we were immediately smitten. The home is all hardwood floors with the exception of blue carpeting in the dining room and linoleum in the bathroom and kitchen. I love how separate everything is. From the living room, you can enter a door on the left that leads to the bedrooms and bathroom. I didn’t like the door at first but with pets, sometimes it’s nice just completely banning them from an area. The living room is the size of our current living room and dining room combined. The dining room is larger than we need, so we plan on making it a space for music, dining and a cat tree next to the sliding glass door.
I originally didn’t like the location of the kitchen. I wanted something open and near the living room, so Wes and I could talk while I cooked, but the combination of lighting and a built in desk sold me. I love the blue countertops with the white cabinets. I also love that the kitchen has two windows, with one window right above the sink that overlooks the backyard.
The backyard has a deck with awning. Emerald greens surround the backyard, providing privacy and greenery. There is a little walkway in the backyard that allows you to view the creek. The creek belongs to the home behind, and it’s beautiful to look at.
The laundry room includes a half bathroom. The best part of the half bathroom? It can double as a dark room. No windows in the room, and the laundry room is completely closed off as well (with the exception of a window that gets little light).
There’s a lot to love in that home, and we especially appreciated how much the seller took care of it.
It was very hard viewing the homes afterward, but we viewed two more. The next one was in a decent location, but the home itself felt like it was sunken in. It was really low to the ground. The home was not taken care of very well, and it made it hard to envision our lives there. The backyard was HUGE, but too shady for a decent garden. Super unfortunate since it was at a great price.
The last home we viewed had some odd issues. We thought there was a garage, but they had converted it into two rooms that weren’t finished. There was a laundry room that they converted as well, but we have no idea what the thought behind it was. There were also HOA dues and a solar panel lease the seller wanted us to take over. It’s crazy how much they omitted from what we saw on Redfin. It’s also incredible that we were so in love with the house in photos but in person, it just ended up being the opposite of what we wanted.
But the more we thought about the home Nancy recommended to us, the more we realized it suited all of our needs. And we gave her a check that same day. We ended up completing the offer on Sunday, and on Monday night, she called to let us know that we just bought a house. I cried like a bitch, and she mentioned that she waived some of the seller’s fees to make our offer more desirable. She also negotiated that we keep all of the appliances in the home, so that’s something we don’t need to worry about when we move. Additionally, we get to keep all of the window coverings. The inspection is next Wednesday, and Wes will be there in person to ask questions and to receive the report. We’re unsure of the appraisal. We hope the appraisal doesn’t come back too low (or too high). There are a few things that could go wrong, but we’re taking this a day at a time. So far, we’re ahead of schedule. We just have other things to worry about, like our cash reserves and what the underwriter is thinking about our financial situation. Always something to worry about with me 🙂
The location is perfect. It’s pretty far from where I’ll be working, but the bus is located 0.1 miles away from our front door. WinCo is less than a mile away. We’re in between two parks and the neighborhood is great for walking and cycling.
We hope to close in early November. That sounds so crazy to me. This is all really crazy to me. But we’re here, and I’m so happy.