Hello everyone! I tend to have these lags of non-posting and I feel really guilty about it. I love to post about random topics and topics that are important to me as well. While I’ve been lagging in regular posts, I have been maintaining posts on my movie review site, that is just for horror films. That is honestly keeping me sane through the home buying process. Yes, my husband and I are finally taking that big step into home ownership. It’s a rite of passage and a great opportunity, but my goodness, the process feels like you’re trying to buy a state.
I love the idea of having my own home where I can create memories with my husband and our future kid. That’s the positive thought I have to hold onto while navigating the crazy world of home buying. Looking at houses is the easy part, making an offer is also an easy part, all of the steps after that can be a little taxing (to put it nicely). There is a request for documents, followed by another request for documents and that can happen another two times. On top of that you have to take a homebuyers education course, mostly if you’re a first time home buyer.
It just seems like they could make the process easier, less taxing. I will say that if it wasn’t for our real estate agent and mortgage professionals it could be a lot more stressful, but because they’ve been patient with us, explaining things as we go, we’ve been able to mentally hang on. We found a house, made an offer and it was accepted. We’ve been through the inspection, repairs, the appraisal, and now we’re awaiting the closing date. This past week we gave notice to our apartment, who of course wants to charge two months’ rent as well as a fee for getting out of our lease. That’s ok, because we’re being set free soon. We no longer have to worry as much about all the tiny things that make apartment living a hassle.
I told my husband that a healthy exercise while we wait for the closing date would be the following: What I Will Not Miss about Living in an Apartment. We will be getting that list together and posting it soon, but here’s a preview…..I look forward to now more stairs. We’ve been living on the 3rd floor for over 5 years and I look forward to having no stairs. Granted, it’s kept me in good shape but it’s just not a good long-term solution, especially if we want to have kids in the near future. I also won’t miss dealing with loud, inconsiderate neighbors. You know what I mean, the people who have their arguments outside, stomp up the stairs like they have diving weights on their ankles, and the people who have loud music playing off the balcony till 3 a.m.
I do appreciate the apartment for doing its job though. It gave us a decent place to live for about 5 years and it gave us some pretty good memories. Here’s a helpful tip, if you plan to look and buy your first home, maybe take the homebuyer’s education course first. WE didn’t take that until a few weeks ago and some information in it would’ve been really helpful at the beginning, if we had only known to take it then. Good luck out there if you are looking, it’s a crazy market!