House Hunting Happenings

Sorry that I’ve been a little MIA lately. I have a few posts that I have sitting in my drafts waiting for me to finish. They are the type that I feel need time and effort put into them and I just haven’t had that laying around lately!

We’ve started looking at houses in the Bemidji area. It’s not an easy task, I can tell you that much. I don’t know if we’ll ever feel that we have all the information that we need to own a house. It’s like this whole world of grown-up-ness that you have to jump into without knowing how to swim.

Millions of people do it, I’m sure we can handle it. It’s scary though; mortgage, escrow, down payment, house inspector, wood stove….the list goes on. My dad thinks I’m too picky, he’s probably right. For the first few weeks, if I saw a baseboard heating register or a wood stove – NEXT! And for (in my opinion) completely sane reasons. First, I do NOT want any critters, rodents, or snakes for heavens sake to come through a register. (Yes, it’s happened and yes to me.) And second, I’ll probably somehow blow my house up or set it on fire if I have to rely on an actual fire in my house. Thanks for that, mom.

I’m trying to keep an open mind though. I know that with regular maintenance and actually taking care of and knowing the house that you live in, horrible circumstances should be far and few in between. Channing and I are ready to own a home though. Apartment living got old the second we signed our first lease years ago. No privacy, no creativity. I’m tired of white walls and not being able to have a pet or a yard to lounge around in. I want something to call my own and I can “screw it up” any way that I want!

We’ve looked at a few the last couple weeks and they’ve been alright but nothing that makes us want to jump on it right away. We have time though. Our lease isn’t up until the end of October so if all goes according to plan we can figure something out by that time. Hopefully not too much sooner because we (being unestablished beings) couldn’t possibly afford a mortgage payment and rent. Right?

I downloaded a few realtor apps including one called Zillow. Whenever there is a new listing, I get a notification. 21st inventions are cool. Am I right? Anyway, check out this link and let me know what you think. When I saw it, I was like “perfect!” It was one of those “this is it” moments. We’ll be looking at it tomorrow and sometimes photos are deceiving but based on the provided information, it’s the closest to what we’re looking for in comparison to others we’ve researched that are in our budget.

Stay tuned..

3 thoughts on “House Hunting Happenings

  1. I just bought a house in January, and I encourage you to continue to be “picky.” Although I can pretty much guarantee the house you end up with won’t be perfect (because there is no such thing), if you know what you want and need and are realistic about what you can get for the money you are willing to spend, you’ll find “The One” and will congratulate yourself for not settling for something. I spent six months watching Zillow and Trulia for new listings, and when my dream place came on the market, I passed on it because it was ridiculously overpriced, which I knew because I’d educated myself on the local real estate market. But eventually the seller got tired of having the house on the market and got realistic about the price—and I was right there with an offer.

    I hope that house you linked to is a great in reality as it is in the photos—it’s a cutie! Best of luck to you and Channing!

    • Thanks for commenting! I love hearing feedback and I’m glad to hear that you eventually got the house you were looking for too! 🙂 Unfortunately the house we looked at wasn’t all we had hoped. The photos were mostly of the first floor and it was amazing. The basement hadn’t been touched in years so it would have needed more work than we were willing to put into and the upstairs was created before people like Channing stood 6’4″. And thus, the search continues!!

  2. Hi Ori, sorry that wasn’t “The One,” but you’ll get there! Most people start out in the “just check Zillow” househunting phase, but for so many reasons, when you’re ready I encourage you to work with an outstanding realtor. With strong local knowledge and experience, they should be able to help you and Channing make sure that your dream home is not in fact a fantasy home (i.e., if it doesn’t exist given available inventory and what you can afford). And as a sympathetic fellow 6’4″ guy to Channing, do hold out for tall enough ceilings and doorways! Good luck! 🙂

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