Monday, December 20, 2010

Big News!

We're buying house!

After months of searching online and two Sundays walking through a dozen houses, we found The One.  It's a little farther away from some family members than we originally planned, but its closer to others.  And the commute is just a few miles farther for both of us.

Deciding to put in an offer was exciting, then waiting for a response from the sellers was so nerve-racking.  I don't think either of us got much sleep those two nights we were waiting to hear back.  Luckily the sellers were motivated and their initial counteroffer was acceptable to us, so we didn't have to deal with any haggling.  We agreed on an offer last week then submitted the official signed paperwork and put our money in an escrow account on Friday.  We also received our mortgage paperwork that day - talk about killing trees!  There are so many forms to read through and initial or sign.  I'm pretty sure there was some clause in one of them requiring you to give them your first-born child.

This morning, after working an overnight shift, I met our realtor and the home inspector.  First off, not the best choice for me since I didn't get much of a nap on Sunday, but it needed to be done and with Christmas and New Years right around the corner we were pretty limited on times we could do it.  The inspection came back pretty good with just a few things that need attention, so we'll talk to our realtor about that in the coming days.  Luckily the house has a bunch of upgrades and decent paint in most rooms so we only need to do a few things to make it ours.  If all goes as planned (which it probably won't) we are scheduled to close at the end of January!

Here are some pictures I took while in the house today:

Looking into the downstairs study

View from the entryway

Formal dining room (we're planning hardwood floors here)

La Pièce de résistance - huge updated kitchen
Kitchen from the family room

Kitchen backsplash - pretty isn't it?

Downstairs family/living room with fireplace

Master bath - wallpaper has gotta go

Master bedroom - not sure why the picture is crooked

Upstairs family/gameroom 

Upstairs guest bath - just needs new paint and fixtures

Upstairs guest bedroom - needs new paint and light fixtures

Upstairs bedroom #2

Upstairs bedroom #3 - wallpaper is getting nixed

Corey's favorite part - built -in grill & fridge on the back patio

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