Every time I think I have this ‘life’ thing nailed down, something new pops up that I have to learn how to handle.
Last week this entailed our washing machine knocking loudly and a burning smell surrounding it. Burning electrical wires scare me (once you’ve seen a house go up in flames from an electrical fire, it’s a bit traumatizing). So it looked like a new washing machine was in our future. But since somebody went ahead and got himself a new toy, ahem, I settled for buying a used washer from a warehouse. Saved hundreds and we now don’t look like the stinky kid from Peanuts. Score. But one day, one day, I’ll have a washer and dryer that resemble these LG beauties.
Which leads me to my next point. We’re entering a new chapter of our lives…
The home-buying process. Do we have a house in mind? Far from it, actually. I’m getting my feet wet looking up home for sale, researching what their market value is according to Zillow, and researching what other homes are going for in the neighborhood. Mortgage Calculator Plus is also an awesome tool to calculate how much house you can afford. I’ve been doing this for weeks now, soaking up information as I go. My father-in-law has been a great resource on all things real estate. The best secret he’s told me about is HomePath.
I’ve heard from friends and family that home-buying is stressful and emotional. They weren’t kidding. A few weeks back we found a house that we liked and the second I called the realtor, I learned that about 7 offers were put in. That was enough for me to put the brakes. I wasn’t about to go into full out war over a house. I’m content sitting out things and see how they play out. However…with all that I’ve learned since them, I realized that the price on that house was an actual steal and I am kicking myself in the ass for not pursuing it. The good thing is that B and I have similar tastes in a home: modern, spacious, and (dare I say it?) generic. We’re not interested in homes with “character,” a term used for old fixer-uppers. Luckily the market is full of these modern homes and it’s only a matter of time that one hits the mark for both of us to be motivated in putting in an offer.
Besides Zillow, do you have any other tools that has helped you make the best decision in real estate?