Thursday, April 4, 2013

A House Update

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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. :)

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9 comments:

  1. I'm happy for you! I think this is smart!

    Did you get a tattoo?

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    1. not yet! i have a tiny one on my wrist (a wee little brown cross) but i really want to get "tune my heart" from the hymn "come thou fount." i have thought about turning the cross into the "t" in "tune my heart" and going across my wrist (the cross is all the way to the left of my wrist) but i don't think i have the guts to go across those veins. i'm very squeamish! i have thought about the front of my shoulder, though. i'm really really really chicken, though!!!

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  2. I feel the same way about selling our house. (Which I think might be almost the same house as yours.) On the tattoo front, I really want to get "It is well with my soul" on my side.

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    1. house twinsies??? :)

      i love hymn tattoos!!!

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  3. Glad that you found a solution that works for y'all! Your house is super cute anyways! :)

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  4. Smart decision. I understand that itch for change and excitement and new things SO WELL. I had it really bad in 2011! Your plan is practical and still allows you to make changes. Win! And I'm looking forward to seeing how you redo your rooms.

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  5. That sucks that your plan fell through, but its good that you are at peace with making the practical choice. Your house is adorable btw.

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  6. While buying a new home is always exciting so is remodeling your existing home.

    Sometimes I resent purchasing my current home. Life changed after the purchase and many projects got put on hold.

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  7. Jamie, great decision. Making smart financial decisions right now, while you are young, is the BEST THING for your future that you could possibly do. Way to go, girl! Your house is awesome and Woodbine is a great 'hood that needs people like you guys.

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