Thursday, March 3, 2016

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE...or really just some dirt {part 1}

This is on our plot of dirt and rocks after we finally found out that we got the house!

Back in January we started house hunting. We weren't in a big hurry, but we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted. We met with our realtor and scheduled some time to look at some open houses. Of course, the ones we thought we loved ended up not being our favorite. She took us to one that we thought was way out of the question at the very end. She had a feeling that it was just what we were looking for. We toured it and instantly fell in love. 
We then learned that this was all new construction and we were really just touring a model home. I ABSOLUTELY loved the layout. But new construction wasn't really something we had ever considered. We thought it would be way too expensive to build from scratch and really were uneducated about the entire process and the differences between building and buying an already built house. Then we learned that there were only 2 lots left that would allow for the layout that we loved. And one of those was on the busy street with a large yard (two things we didn't want). And then...the kicker...we found out that 2 other people were planning to put an offer on the lot that same day. 

My first thought was, WOAH we are NOT ready to make a huge decision about this today. I'm the type of person who likes to look at the numbers and really get into all of the possible scenarios before making a decision like this. That night we talked to our realtor probably 5 times and called our financial advisor too. We looked at the situation from every angle. Overall, I wasn't ready to pull the trigger yet, but we wanted to keep looking and see what else was available. 
We looked at some other houses over the next few days and looked into new construction. We wanted to know what our other construction options would be in the area and how we would approach that sort of offer. We found another new construction opportunity that we wanted to discuss with our realtor. She talked to them and found out that there already 2 offers on the one that we wanted and that there would likely be at least 4. This meant that it would sell for WELL over the price of the original new construction house that we liked. We were super bummed. Not only because things were moving so quickly, but because we both really loved the first house.  
The next day, our realtor called us and said that there were ZERO offers on the first house that we loved. It was like a sign. We knew we needed to put an offer on it. We worked with our realtor to work some magic and figured out how we could get the job done. The next day they accepted our offer. Wait what? WE BOUGHT A HOUSE. How did this even happen? Some days I'm still kind of in shock.

So we have gone to visit our little plot of dirt a few times. These pics are all of the model home and construction hasn't even started on our plot yet. The next thing we had to do was go through the process of picking everything out that we wanted in the house. How crazy is that? I never even dreamed of being able to do this. 
I'm going to do another post about the process of making so many choices so you will have to come back to hear about that. For now, we are so so so excited! We cannot wait for construction to start in the next week or two. It is just the most perfect house for us :) I know that some people (and of my friends who are probably reading this) have a much more difficult time with the buying process. We just feel so lucky that things worked out the way that they did.

Linking up with Natalie and Annie for Thoughts for Thursday!


  1. Your plot looks like amazingggg dirt and all ;) soooo excited to see your house come together. Thanks so much for brining me to the model home, I felt so special getting a sneak peek. Can't wait to bake in that beautiful kitchen w FAKE sugar :)

    Were you talking about us when you said we've had a hard time finding a house? Lol good times

  2. YAY i cannot wait to come sleep in your new house because i miss you <3

  3. Yay!! So excited for you all! Can't wait to see pictures of the finished product :)

  4. Isn't it funny how you aren’t ready to make a huge decision until you’re faced with no alternative? I, too, bought a new house and thought the process would be too painful, looking back it was the best decision I ever made. Everything in the house was chosen by me and I love the way that everything turned out.