While Bret's parents were here we started asking Bret's dad real estate questions. There had already been multiple people suggest that we look into buying sooner rather than later, but it wasn't until Jay, a real estate appraiser, gave us some valuable information and advice, that we started seriously considering looking for a home in Temple.
We did our homework. We learned a lot about different loan options and asked a lot of questions about the real estate market. The knowledge we gained made us realize that home ownership was really a possibility and Jay and my Grandpa Wood (a realtor) gave us the confidence to move forward.
And things did move forward... crazy fast! In just a two week span we got pre-approved for a loan, selected a realtor, went house hunting, made an offer and signed a contract! My week has included the home inspection and pest inspection, collecting documents for the mortgage company, and trying to select a home insurance provider. (Meanwhile, Bret has been making decisions about health, dental, and life insurance, 401Ks, etc for work. Real life is coming on fast!)
Would you like a sneak peek into the home that, if everything goes well, will be OURS on July 8th? Welcome!
This house is at the end of a cul de sac in a great neighborhood. The floors and carpets are all brand new and the home is in really good shape (confirmed by the inspector this morning). The yard isn't quite as big as it looks in the picture above, but it is way larger than we would have expected, plus there is an awesome, clean, wired for electricity shed out back that I'm scheming up a fabulous use for.
We were able to haggle down the price a considerable amount and also arranged for the seller to pay closing costs and leave their fridge, washer, and dryer. We feel incredibly blessed and can't imagine things playing out any better than they did. We had a super realtor and Bret and I have truly had so much fun making these decisions together.