November 26, 2012

A Change of Location

House Hunting
House Hunting
Since we're all still recovering from a ridiculous amount of turkey around these parts (but oh, so delicious), we thought it was only appropriate that we finally share a little bit of what we've been recently planning around our house. The big news is that we are seriously considering moving! (It feels so good to finally type that. I've been keeping mum on this subject for awhile now as we've searched online and thought about our options.) To kick off the process, we contacted our realtor and provided her with a huge list of houses that we wanted to see in our area. We'll be seeing as many as we can later this week, but found one that was the priority and made the time to see it a bit earlier.

You guys, it was awful. We went into it with great optimism, knowing that this house would significantly lower our mortgage and would provide some amenities that we really want in a house like a more family-friendly layout, but nothing could've prepared us for what the house was destined to be. Though the interior was rich with character, the entire exterior needed to be replaced... before we could even consider moving in. And the detached garage? Let's just say that it was fit to be torn down and built from scratch.

Despite all of the setbacks, we probably would've made a very low offer on it, but for us, the dealbreaker was the road. We currently live on a busy street, but didn't realize that when we originally made the purchase. (Buying at the right time of year and talking to neighbors can mean EVERYTHING.) Knowing what we do now and with the added safety concern of little children, there was no chance we would choose to live on a street like that one- with semi trucks regularly roaring past the front porch.

It was disappointing, but we left the showing feeling pretty happy; Jonathan and I were on the same page with the house and we knew there was something better out there for our little family. After all, we've house hunted before and we've seen it all- the good, the bad, and the very, very moldy. For now, we're soldiering on, hoping that we find something that will be a great fit for our family... and something that won't require a stop sign in our front yard.

6 comments:

  1. Ugh! House hunting can be so hard yet so exciting at the same time! The right thing will come along! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Verna! I hope you're right. I seems like the pickings are very, very slim for what we want in a house... but then again, it's the slow time of year so maybe we just have to wait for the right one to come on the market!

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    2. We felt that way too. We looked at a lot of dumps. It was depressing. We just kept waiting and now we pretty much have our dream house. Totally worth waiting for the perfect one! It's hard and discouraging but hang in there!

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  2. We're getting ready to do the same thing soon. What area are you guys looking to move? We're trying to get into South Mpls if it's possible.

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    1. Moriah, we're trying to stay relatively close to where we are now because the schools that we're considering for the kids are amazing. Unfortunately, the style of home that we really love is pretty much only found in St. Paul and Minneapolis in the city. We've essentially exhausted our options of anything that we remotely like or think would be feasible right now so we're just waiting for something better to come on the market. When are you guys going to make the move? There's definitely some pretty stuff right now in South Mpls!

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    2. We're hoping to move this next spring if we can get out of our town home! There have been some awesome stuff in the areas we love but nothing in our price range. AND I had no idea how horrid Minneapolis' taxes were. It's pretty sick. So, who knows where we'll end up!

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