Soo, after many weeks (months?!) of deliberation and preparation and discussion and planning and unplanning and replanning, we are no longer listing our house for sale this spring.
Crazily, we got an offer on our house through Zillow. As we crunched the numbers, we saw that they were NOT on our side. (Buying your first house is wonderful but SELLING your first house is really troubling, it seems. It's hard to get your money back!)
As we were deliberating the offer, the counteroffer, and the eventual listing of our house, Andy proposed, "What if we stayed?"
All of a sudden, I felt a huge wave of relief come over me. It was like a lightbulb went off over both of us.
It's hard to go from looking at all these great houses and getting excited about house-shopping to then putting all that on hold…
The other night, I felt so restless. I felt like I needed change or for something crazy or exciting to happen. I had Good Friday off and I told Andy that I wanted to get a tattoo or drive somewhere out of town or just doing something new and exciting. I realized that I had been looking forward to this huge event of selling and buying houses and that I would have a huge project to work on… so we talked about it, and now I'm going to be re-decorating a few areas of our house and re-configuring some things to make the house work better for us and our future. I feel pretty good about having some projects and things to focus on at our house!
So, all that to say, we're staying in our house and we have a plan for paying off all our debt so that in a few years, we'll be in a much better place (with more equity in our house!) to sell and buy our second house. That's really exciting--NOT as exciting as buying a new house, but very exciting in a grown-up kind of way. :)