Sorry for the hiatus, but the last 3 months have been quite hectic! After knocking out all of our student loans and being debt free for a month or so, my wife and I decided to re-enter the debt world with a mortgage! Hooray! We have been super busy the past 3 months with scouring the internet for home buying knowledge, going through the home buying process, making the move, meeting the neighbors, and finally an 8 day celebratory trip – details on this trip will be in the next post!
The timing was just right for a house – we were getting sick of our apartment neighbors (they were avid believers of door slamming), our lease was almost up (well, we had a few more months to go than would have been ideal), and the neighborhood we had always loved had a house for sale.
We decided we shouldn’t wait until June when our lease expired, or else there would be a good possibility we would have lost the house to the spring-time home buyers. I looked at our apartment lease as a sunk cost, and figured we might as well get started on the mortgage as long as we could afford it. Plus, I had plans to later try to break our lease when closing on the house was a sure thing… which I later found out unfortunately was close to impossible to do!
Our initial plan was to build new in the neighborhood, but after a few meetings and looking at floor plans, we decided the perfect build in the neighborhood would be way out of our budget. The house that we found makes us just as happy and is our current dream home, plus we got an excellent deal on it. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the home buying process… Is that weird?! From getting the best rate from the right lender, crafting the perfect initial offer, renegotiating details to strike the perfect balance, strategizing to make use of all credit, all the way up to signing at the closing table – learning as we went through this process was quite the adrenaline rush! What has been your experiences with home buying? Or let me know if you’re currently in the market and have any questions!
Having been in our home for 2 months, we are settling in quite nicely. We are delaying upgrades (new furniture, new blinds, home gym mirrors, etc) as much as we can, as well as deciding to upgrade little by little instead of all at once. By doing so, we avoid consumer debt and are able to maintain our investment contributions (don’t want to miss out while stocks are on sale!). We also are aiming to do as many projects ourselves as possible. Sure we can hire someone to repaint our high walls and ceilings, but where’s the fun in that?!
Speaking of which… please share some interior painting advice – I have yet to begin my research! While we’re at it, let’s hear all of your home owning tips! Much appreciated!