Tuesday, May 26, 2009

cheap

Holy Moly, this is really happening.
Today we had our inspection (our buyer is really excited to get it done), and we literally had 3 things to fix, costing about $20 total.

Really.

I guess a huge part of me was thinking that there was going to be so much to fix that the buyers were going to back out and then we wouldn't have to *gulp* make such a huge decision about where we are going to possibly live for the next 20 or so years of our lives.

We saw lots of ...eh... so-so houses. We are looking at the top of our price range - even though we are cheap, we know we will want something with a good school district, some place we can live in for a long time.

Then, we went to a for sale by owner, and OH MY GOODNESS this house is GORGEOUS. Wainscotting in the hallways, beautiful recessed lighting everywhere, gorgeous newly done hardwoods, a kitchen in yellows and whites and so gorgeous and new it makes me want to cry. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. You actually go up one flight of stairs for 3 of the bedrooms, and then another for the 4th. this place is GORGEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSS. I love it. It has the coziest living room and the kitchen is so sweet and great and I love it. I LOVE IT. It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO stinking awesome!

And then the really cheap part of me says, "Hey, we don't have to buy in the neighborhood we really, really want. We could save lots of money and just live in that other neighborhood, that would be just as fine."

(but in my heart I really really want that house - i just want to take the plunge and buy it.)

10 comments:

Kether said...

I am So. Thankful. we bought in the neighborhood with the best public school in our area. We saw houses that were fancier and some that weren't but were a lot cheaper... but this was the right house for us. The more we talk about schools and Liam going..and the more people look at me and say "wow! you're in that zone?? that's the best school here" the more relief I feel.
The neighborhood is important

and so is a house you really, really love =)

Rachel said...

BUY IT!

Anonymous said...

I think when you find your new house (and it sounds like you may have!) you will get that feeling, like you can actually picture living there, and Lucy and Asher playing there, and holidays, etc.
It is such a huge commitment and it is scary. The house sounds lovely.
Having only $20 worth of stuff to repair is all different kinds of awesome! Yay!

Sarah

deannaburasco said...

Buy it! :) It's the biggest purchase you will ever make and if your heart loves it, go with it!

Jess said...

If you are going to be there for 20+ years then get the house you love. This isn't a time to be "cheap". Just from the caps/!!!!! I can tell you will be sorry if you pass it by.

Anonymous said...

get it get it get it.

tracy

Anonymous said...

I agree. You'll only regret choosing a house that is OK instead of THE HOUSE that you LOVE. Schools and neighborhoods are very important. If you are already envisioning yourself in this house, you should do it.

Of course, this is coming from someone who bought a house before selling hers. LOL
Chels

korin said...

Buy it. We bought our house when it was at the top of our price list... and although the mortgage is painful each month... we're in a great neighborhood and a house we will live in for the life of our family and i LOVE it.

I also renovated the basement and work from home. awesome.

Rach said...

If you are looking at 20+ years, don't tie yourself to a home you don't LOVE. You LOVE that FSBO, so go for it! :o)

Sara said...

There is a difference between buying at the top of your price range and buying way over your price range. Trust your gut on the neighborhood and the school zone, and just remember that God surely likes your frugality (I don't know if that is a word), but He also loves to bless you with good things.