Thursday, September 3, 2009
Buying a home is a lot of work! After looking at 26+ homes in two weeks, Chris and I decided to put an offer in on a cute, yellow house in Chantilly. "Where is Chantilly?" you may be asking. Well, it's really far away! We originally said we were only looking inside the Beltway. After seeing the small, old homes that our money could buy inside the Beltway we decided to expand our search. Imagine our surprise when we realized we really liked a house all the way out in Chantilly!
We put our offer in on a Friday afternoon. I got a call from our Realtor Saturday around 1 o'clock letting me know that she "couldn't believe it" but the seller accepted our initial offer ($14k less than listing price with $5k in closing costs). I was in shock! You hear all these stories about the miserable time people have trying to buy a home: bidding wars, slow responses, people pulling their house off the market. But nope, not for us, easy-peasy!
We close on the 30th of September and then the real fun begins! We have to replace the pipes, paint, put down new floor throughout the house, redo the kitchen, and maybe (money willing) redo the 2.5 bathrooms. It's going to be a lot of work, time, and money but I am super excited!
Now if only planning a wedding was as easy as buying a house!