We Bought A House!

As some of you already know....we signed on our first home this weekend!  The process was way more intense than I ever imagined.  It went something like this:

Our agents got a new listing on Monday evening - they sent us the link Tuesday morning.  The house wasn't going to start showing until Thursday, with an open house scheduled for Sunday.  Our realtors scheduled us for a showing Thursday evening - we were the first ones to view the home, other than other brokers.  We made them an offer before we left that night, knowing that it would move fast, and gave them until 10am the next morning to accept our offer.

Neither of us slept that night.  We couldn't imagine that we wouldn't get it - we were the first offer, we offered asking price with no contingencies and 20% down, which should be an extremely strong offer.
Fast forward to 10 AM, neither of us were getting anything done at work - we are not good at waiting.  10:00 comes and goes, 11:00 comes and goes and still nothing.....at 1:00 we got a call from our realtors that the sellers wanted to wait until 6PM Saturday to review all offers.  At this point we knew they had at least one other offer - we were disappointed, annoyed and frustrated. 

We do not play the waiting game well.  No sleep again Friday night -
Saturday morning we went and looked at other homes bracing ourselves for the potential loss of the home we had put an offer on.  LONGEST DAY EVER.
At 7pm we got a call from our realtor...and he said CONGRATULATIONS! 
OMG! We got it?! 
There were two additional offers, both well over asking, but both had contingencies that the sellers didn't want to deal with - they have their eye on another house and want to move as fast as possible, so they chose us!  (Which they should have done in the beginning, but they are forgiven, for now).

Providing everything goes as planned, we will officially be homeowners on March 27th!  We took the obligatory stroll through Home Depot today to relish in our future home-owner status.

I know you guys are dying for pics, so I will oblige - but just know, that we know, that it needs work.  We wanted something we could put a little sweat equity into and this provides ample opportunity :)

Without further ado - our 1920's Dutch Colonial
Phase 1 of our Sweat Equity Involves:
a) A New Color and Roof
b) An Expanded Dormer
c) A Farmer's Porch
d) Patio (this will probably be Phase 0, so we can enjoy it this summer)

My husband and realtors needed a visual, so I modeled this up to give them an idea of what I was talking about:
Can you see it yet?

A few photos of the inside:

And the best part?  Fully fenced backyard, which means I'm window shopping for a PUPPY!


  1. OMG Congratulations!! It is SO cute (and not in a 'cozy/tiny/realtor speak' way - it is honestly like something you'd see in the Napa Valley or something cute. I love it!

  2. Congrats! I am so excited for you!! It's going to look awesome after the sweat equity, I can't wait to see it all finished!

  3. GREAT kitchen! Congratulations! You're a land baron!

  4. CONGRATS!!! Welcome to the homeowning club! :)

  5. YAY! This blog post has just made my Monday morning! Your house is adorable, but the mock-up is incredible-- I shouldn't be surprised though, because you are incredible! So talented! And as soon as I saw the fence, I squealed. I will start asking my clients with labs if they recommend any of their breeders for you guys! YAYYY!

  6. Oh my goodness, it is amazing!!!! The kitchen...omg beautiful. Love the hardwood floors - it looks like such a lovely home! So excited for you!!!!

  7. Congrats! That's exactly what happened with our house (saw it before anyone else, RIGHT as they listed it, gave them a good offer...). Ours dickered a little with us (we think they were hoping someone else would make a better offer while we were strung along...), but we got it in the end, thanks to putting an expiration date on our offer! Your house is beautiful! I can't wait to see your sweat equity pay off!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can't wait to read all about how you guys will furnish & decorate your new home...and the search for a puppy!

  9. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love the changes you're making to the outside too - perfect! I cannot wait to see the finish product.

  10. Congratulations new home owners! The house is LOVELY! Can't wait to see you make it your own!

  11. Let me know when it is time for margaritas (or a painting party!) and I will be there! I am so excited for you guys! :)

  12. Congrats girl! It's super cute!

  13. Love it! It's so adorable. And I need to hire you to make our house look graphically spiffy like that.

  14. It's too cute! I can't wait to see the progress you make on the improvements :).