Wednesday, July 20, 2011

In the Middle of Our Street

Husband and I are now homeowners! It has been a long process, but so worth it. What really jump-started the process was the research I had to do for a personal finance class. While I was researching mortgage rates and insurance rates, Husband decided to see the housing prices in our area. He realized we could afford a decent-sized home, so we started looking in February. I searched online and found a short sale in our area that looked promising. It felt like home from the first step inside.
We put an offer on it immediately and waited. And waited. We looked at some other houses. Waited some more. Looked at a few more houses. Put offers on two other houses. Just when we were ready to give up on the house (our lease was nearly up) we heard that our offer had been accepted. We were given 24 days to close before the house went into foreclosure. We were worried it wouldn't happen, especially since we hit some major snags along the way. Thanks to an amazing buyer's agent and an excellent loan officer, we closed a few days early. We took a week to paint and a week to move in.

Here, in all their glory, are my favorite rooms in the house:

living room

family room


Now before you go thinking that all the rooms look great, there is still one room of common living space that is in need of help. I guess it is a formal dining room, but that is not how I want to use it. Any ideas?

After actually living in the house for a week and a half, I'm very happy to call it home. Now to plan some parties :)


annie (the annilygreen one) said...

i'd make it into a studio/office. though, maybe it wouldn't be so awesome to not be able to close a door on that. hmmm...well, the house looks awesome!

Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} said...

AWESOME!!! That's so exciting! I have no ideas about the dining room because I am the world's worst designer...but I'm so happy for you!

Jen said...

Huzzah! When can I come visit?

Jon said...

Photo gallery and vintage Polaroid museum

TTF said...

I completely agree with Jon. I can just imagine that room filled with your amazing photos of the boy and everything else! It is an awesome house Lydia! Congrats so much!!

. said...

Its so wide open, I love your guys' house's layoutt!! CONGRATS!!!

Amy said...

Awesome!! Being a homeowner is so great--(such pride in having to replace your own faucet, etc!) :) Congratulations!!

Jenna said...

My parents never had a formal dining room while I was growing up -- they used theirs as a piano room! I liked that idea and plan to do the same. I'm not really into formal dining.

Flying Princess said...

Our formal dining room is an office. We thought about keeping the chandelier, but it was so low we hit our head on it.

Your house looks great! I can't wait to come visit, hopefully next summer.