It always amazes me to think that every house on every street is full of so many stories; so many triumphs and tragedies, and all we see are yards and driveways.
— Glen Close
Well, gosh. I did not mean to post Ten and then disappear for six weeks. My apologies.
April 29, the last day I posted, just happened to be National Open House Day, according to our realtor, so we went to check out 5 or 6 houses. One we just loved, and so we got right into the process of going back to be sure, making an offer, considering counter-offers, securing financing, home inspections, appraisals, etc. That’s where my time has gone since that day. Well, that, and curating a Pinterest board For Our Real House!
You guys, they’re really going to let us buy a house! Wanna see it?
Isn’t it perfect? That’s a tulip magnolia tree in the front yard; they are my favorite tree, hands down. I always thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a house with one of those in the yard?” And now I will!
It has some upgrades – an 800-square-foot addition, a big deck, fancy master bath – but it also needs some work, most particularly paint and some guest bath updates. But this is going to be our house for the next 20 or 25 years, so I suppose there’s no rush. It has exposed brick in the kitchen and a fully finished basement (with a pool table – we’re buying it from the sellers for a steal because they’d rather not have to move it). The back yard is fully fenced and the local school district is literally one of the very best in the nation. We don’t have nearly enough furniture to fill this house, but they’re also selling us their solid wood, North Carolina-built 10-piece dining room set for another steal, so that helps a lot. It’s a block to the community pool and the brand new playground is around the corner.
One thing it’s not, though, is close to work. We’re trading a 15-20-minute commute for a 45-60-minute one, which is also going to cost us more because we’ll have to pay to park at the Metro every day, but in the end, that was the only drawback of the location, so we decided everything else made the longer commute worth it.
We close June 28th, but the sellers are renting back for a to-be-determined amount of time, we hope ultimately until September 1. That’s perfect, because our lease on our apartment runs through the end of September, and rent is paid prospectively while mortgages are paid retrospectively. So, if they move out on September 1, they will have paid the mortgage for August and we’ll pay our rent for September. On October 1, we’ll pay the mortgage for September but won’t have to pay any more rent. Here’s hoping we don’t have to double up.
The rent-back is great, time-wise, for us, but it tempers my excitement a bit. Closing isn’t going to be us signing our lives over to our lender and getting the keys and doing a walk-through. It’s going to be us signing our lives over to our lender and becoming temporary landlords. But all I want to do is BUY ALL THE THINGS (see Pinterest board) and pick all the paint colors and where everything’s going to go and plan our housewarming party and family Christmas, etc. All in good time, I know.
So, yay! You’re all invited to our new house any time after September !