Honey(Verizon Network)! I’m home!
Cody and I have been house hunting since MARCH! Were pre-qualified for an ok amount and were trying our hardest to get the most/best home on what our smaller budget will allow. With that being said I would now like to tell you how we have hit every road bump, pot hole, wall and tack strips in between. Every time we find a house we can see ourselves in something goes wrong and we end up getting our hopes up for nothing. I’m slowly learning from our mistakes, a list of mistakes that are getting longer by day.
- Always go with a respected, experienced, goal oriented Realtor. We you initially met a potential realtor make sure they don’t cut you off or put there opinion on what you should like in the conversation. As your agent they should be informative not bossy. Make sure they are a hud agent and are familiar with the hud system. Cody and I are using my cousin as a agent and while she is green shes very driven. While she is family and feels like she can be more candid with sharing her opinion there is also a special trust there. Looking back over everything now I would go with someone else who has years exp and someone who can be strictly professional with us.
- If you are buying a home with a significant other, sit down and talk and talk and talk. Talk about your decorating style, your comfort zones in price and monthly payment, and about your future. Cody and I have clashed over and over on many things while out looking at houses, in front of his parents and my cousin. Seriously talk about EVERYTHING beforehand.
- I’m sure we would all love to be able to buy a million dollar home, it’s just not in the cards for us. But slumming to a shotty quality home or a fixer upper(as in complete remodel) is out of the question for us too. Look at what you can afford monthly, look at getting pre qualified, and look at a realistic price range you would like to have. If that price range is over what you can afford dont settle. Wait a few months, build your credit, scrimp and save every bit you can. DO NOT settle.
- Educate yourself. Buy books, surf the web, talk to an EXPERIENCE realtor.
And I do pretty well usually, but occasionally the insecure unhappy teenager in me comes out and I think something wayyy mean. Catching myself thinking things so rude, condescending, or judgmental make me feel like crap for the rest of the day.
Cant wait ‘till I’m all wrapped up in bed with Cody, then I feel how blessed I am and all the hate just goes away.
Got a WHOLE tote full of house stuff. Apparently the 2nd bath is going to be done in a boho style. So impatient on getting our offer in on this place.
I honestly have no idea whats happening this week… Were putting in a offer on a house and have a shit ton of loose ends on that to tend to. i will let you know once we get everything figured out.
Hmmm, I havent even made any plans for the antique show… I will get everything figured out tonight and will text you or something later. Maybe I can even talk Cody into going.
Has anyone else forgotten what they used the internet for before Tumblr?