I’ve learned a lot of valuable life lessons this week.
Lesson #1: Don’t speak too soon. Although we put our first offer on a house last weekend, this one was not meant to be. We went back and forth a few times before the mystery buyers swooped in and made the sellers an offer they couldn’t refuse (also known as full list price). Although we had prepared ourselves in case something like this happened, it still stung a bit knowing we had to give up on a house we loved. It was hard not to picture ourselves in it.
Bye bye, pretty view.
Lesson #2: Searching for houses can be stressful, but it should be fun. I think I let myself get a little carried away with the initial search process. To quote football, it seems like both Bobby and I – OK, mainly I – have been playing hurry up offense trying to find and visit all the available houses in the neighborhoods we like before someone else snatches them up (Type A, much?). This is partly because we have experience with that happening – good houses sell quickly here – but as our entire family and many friends have reminded us this week, there is no need to hurry. We have the luxury of being patient buyers and there is still so much of the Valley that we haven’t explored. Already we’ve found two new neighborhoods that we plan to check out this weekend. I’m excited again.
And in the meantime, we’ll enjoy this pretty view instead.
Lesson #3: When all else fails, let Papa Bender cook dinner.
Calamari and steak fajitas, to be exact. Papa Bender knows the cure for the house search blues.
Hey, we’re patient buyers. Might as well take advantage of it. 😉
As cliché as it might sound, I know we’re going to end up in the home that’s right for us. It’s just a matter of where and when. Until then, I’m going to enjoy this time we have under the same roof as family and focus on doing what I love most rather than fretting over MLS listings. If the past three weeks are any indication, we’ve still got a lot of solid searching to do. One day at a time!
Home owners: how did you know when you found the place that was just right?