My wife and I have begun the exciting, nerve wracking, and time consuming process of purchasing our first home. We are both very much looking forward to moving into our first place at the end of this process and starting a new phase of our lives. I’ve been spending almost all of my free time recently talking to various banks and Realtors and looking at different homes on multiple real estate websites (Zillow has probably been the most useful overall). Not sure how long this whole search will take us, but hopefully in the end we will find something wonderful! I’m not one of those people who thinks we will find the “perfect” home though, because in life most things require some compromise. I don’t foresee having one of those moments where I walk in a home for the first time and just know that it is the one (like some Realtors have talked about to me before). That would potentially make the whole process easier though (or much more complicated if it happens in every home).
We are having some trouble deciding what kind of homes we like the best. We both want something with “character”, but that can be a very difficult thing to define. Does having character, for example, mean that the house is older, has nice details, has hardwood floors, or has crown molding? Other questions then follow such as do we want to go with something old or something new? I think we would be alright with something that needs some remodeling but doesn’t have to be almost a total overhaul. So far the homes we have looked at seem to either be way too much work or already finished but lacking some of the “character” we are hoping to find.
With that in mind, I will probably be much less active on the blog (even less so than normal!) for the next few weeks (or possibly even months). Tomorrow is another day of talking to yet another Realtor and driving through some more neighborhoods (a car driving slowly through a neighborhood and passing the same homes multiple times, not suspicious at all). Wish us luck, we will definitely need it!
Is anyone out there a recent home buyer with some words of encouragement or advice? Please feel free to leave any home searching related comments below and as always thanks for reading!