I’ve always thought people were joking when they say ‘it’s the little things that get to you’ when talking about their homes (rental or otherwise) – but Joe and I have been experiencing that first hand in our cute, but far too compact house here in Kzoo. We can’t both cook in the kitchen together, the bedrooms are tiny, the upstairs is pretty much unusable if it’s below 50 degrees outside…I could go on. Anyway, as much as I’d reeeeally not like to move all of our stuff again, Joe and I have been looking at places to move to once our lease is up…which unfortunately has been pretty unsuccessful; the vast majority of leases around here are a “private space” in a large house filled with college students. No thank you.
As strong as my feelings are about not moving all of our stuff again, my feelings about continuing to rent were even stronger for a variety of reasons- even if that does mean we’re praaaactically throwing money away.
Enter: our dream home.
For kicks and giggles I decided to look at houses for sale in the area, basically since all of the rental options were just so disappointing…and holy moley I found the absolute perfect house. 2 stories, amazing backyard, all new appliances, a farmhouse sink, island and ample storage space/cabinets in the kitchen, more than one bathroom….perfection, really.
Anyway, I sent the link to Joe, which began a very quick but well thought out discussion of “would this be worth it…” resulting in a resounding yes. What? We’re both actually okay with starting the process of buying a house? (Of course, it’s not all sunshine and butterflies – the house is in a terrible school district.) So, I promptly emailed a realtor to get the low down on the house…only to learn that it sold yesterday.
It was only up for sale for 3 days before selling. It had 10 showings on Wednesday, which resulted in multiple offers and a successful sale. We’re actually both super sad about it – we’re very picky about what we want in a future house, and this one had literally everything – for an incredibly fair price. (But we definitely would have been doing some repainting. So much green!)
Amazing, right? I’m really not surprised it sold so quickly. It was a great dream for all of…5 hours, and got the conversation started – maybe buying a house in Kzoo isn’t such a bad idea after all 🙂
Plus hey, now we have a good ‘base’/checklist for our future house hunting endeavors. We know what we want, and can compare back to the features of this house to make sure we’re not shorting ourselves on anything important.
(But really, that kitchen space though. Sigh…)