on the market

We found a house.

We actually put the offer in last Wednesday, but between not being sure the outcome of that until Friday afternoon (Thursday and Friday were AGONY, waiting to hear back!) and also the rush to get OUR house on the market… the last week has been a little crazy. So I haven’t had a chance to sit down and articulate my thoughts and feelings on the whole thing. And to be honest, I wasn’t even sure how I felt about it all.

This whole moving thing came about a lot earlier than we had planned. There are a few factors that led us to start looking at houses. There has been Some Talk about A Possible Baby Number Two in the coming year (maybe. MAYBE.) Our house now is fine, but we’re starting to feel the squeeze on space, especially as Maggie gets older and louder and her toys get bigger. And with me trying to run a business out of the house, 3 bedrooms and a living room is just not cutting it anymore. Plus, the market in our area is surprisingly very good for both the price range we’re selling in and the price range we were looking to move into, so we thought we’d dip our toes in and see what happened. We don’t need to move, so there was no pressure, but it sure would be nice to find something awesome at a good price, wouldn’t it?

Of course we started looking casually, and like I figured would happen, it turned into about 6 weeks of open houses every weekend and 1 evening each week with our agent touring houses. Probably 20? 30 total? Lots. It reminded me of trying wedding dresses at one point- they all start looking the same and blending together. “I liked that white one you tried on… you know, the one with the satin? And the beading? And the skirt?” Except with houses its: “What about that one with the floors? And the windows? And that one with the roof was nice.” *HEADDESK*

We went back to look at two houses a second time. The first one that we gave a second look ended up being (for us) too pricey for the amount of work it needed. It was a great house- awesome floor plan, great space, nice yard, in the school district we want. But some of the finish work was questionable (we all noticed a few slopey places in the floor while walking around and um, I’m sorry, but no. NOT worth the risk for a huge mortgage. Thanks.) and unless the price dropped A LOT, we were moving on. That night we also visited The House. We went back again and had no second thoughts, so we made an offer… and amazingly, they accepted (not without a counteroffer, but that was cool with us. We agreed to it.)

I say ‘amazingly’ because the whole thing hinges upon us selling our house. Most sellers won’t do that- especially in this market where some houses sit for months on the market without an offer. But things are just about perfect for selling our house, and both our agent and theirs recognize that. So after 2 days of waiting and basically trying to talk myself into not liking the house anymore (it didn’t work) in case they turned us down, we were pleasantly surprised.

We really really love this house. It’s in a cute little neighborhood, in the school district we wanted, has an AWESOME. YARD., and hardly needs any work inside. I say hardly because it does need some big projects: the basement is unfinished and the deck is… well, it’s kind of lame. heh. But the rest of the house is great. Hardwood floors, nice paint colors, great cabinets, big rooms, NO WALLPAPER TO REMOVE. After all the projects we’ve done over the past 5 years, knowing we can just move in and get settled without tearing things apart right away? Makes me very, very happy. And compared to some of the Crap we saw over the past month or so, as soon as we walked in, we knew this was a good one.

(Several of you have asked on Twitter, but I am not posting any pictures of the new place until it’s Official Official- meaning we have a contract on our house. I can’t help it, I’m superstitious! But stay tuned!)

After finalizing the agreement with the sellers, we spent Sunday cleaning and organizing and hiding junk and touching up paint and signing listing agreements and taking pictures of the house with our agent. Today, I came home from the grocery store, and this was in our front yard:

it's official.

Hold me.


  1. Melissa

    May 18, 2009 10:02 pm

    I am SO excited for you guys… I’ll say a little prayer that everything works out!

  2. Crystal

    May 18, 2009 11:47 pm

    Congratulations on the house!

  3. Bitchy Mom

    May 19, 2009 1:24 am


    We’ve been looking for a house for 18 months, seen about 150 houses, put in 11 offers and still have no house! I think we’ve broken some kind of record for taking the longest to buy a house through no fault of our own…

    That’s totally awesome that you found something you loved and your offer was accepted!!! here’s hoping your inspection goes well!!

  4. ambitions mrs

    May 19, 2009 11:16 am

    We kind of did things the other way around. We’ve had our house on the market 5-6 weeks now (I wish you luck with evacuating for showings, its tough with a toddler!) Then we started looking, and so far we haven’t seen anything we love. We might just give up if we can’t find anything because the market is not great around here. Good luck to you!

  5. kate

    May 19, 2009 12:23 pm

    I can’t wait to see the pics! And congrats sister in law of mine :)

  6. kirida

    May 19, 2009 12:34 pm

    I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to live vicariously through the magical newness of it all. Good luck!

  7. Burgh Baby

    May 19, 2009 1:33 pm

    We can cry and sob and whine and stress out together. OMG. GAH! This is HARD!

  8. Jenn

    May 19, 2009 1:52 pm

    Congratulations! A new home is very exciting, but obviously very nervewracking as well. This is such a bad economy right now, so the fact that you are able to get a house AND sell yours is just awesome.

    I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you… hopefully everything goes smoothly! :)

  9. Steph

    May 19, 2009 5:14 pm

    good luck!!! :)
    strange seeing the sign on your lawn… it was very weird when my parents sold their house.. but the sign that hurt me the most was when my best friend’s parents (who lived across from my parents) were splitting up and selling their house.. seeing the sign on their lawn broke my heart EVERY DAY.

  10. Caity

    May 19, 2009 5:46 pm

    I am so excited for you!! :D

  11. Jim Bainbridge

    May 20, 2009 6:50 am

    Congratulations – what a great time to move and buy a house! You can work outside, inside – perfect.

  12. Irene

    May 20, 2009 8:53 am

    How exciting!!!!!! Congratulations!!! And I hope it all works out perfectly and you can post some photos soon!!!

    And – completely unrelated to this post – I have been meaning to tell you that I have been making your eggbeater burritos almost every morning lately!! I love them!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

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