J and I agreed we wouldn’t start the house-buying process until July 2013. Logistically, and financially, it just didn’t make any sense to start it any earlier.
I saw our house listed on the market in early May last year, and I knew it was the perfect house for us. I was sure it wouldn’t still be on the market by our July start date, so after months (years?) of constantly checking online house listings, I stopped looking altogether. I was getting too emotionally involved to this 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath home and I didn’t want to rush into a decision we weren’t ready for.
At the end of June, I went back online and saw that miraculously the house had not been purchased yet. I showed it to J, and he loved it. It was in our price range and had everything on our must-have list and even our want-to-have list.
The next week was crazy: We got a realtor on June 28, saw the house on June 29, made an offer on July 1, counter-offered July 2, and our offer was accepted on July 4th.
Given that this was the most expensive purchase we have ever made, it’s surprising how easy and quickly we made the decision. We found ourselves under contract for this house after six days of starting the process.
Over a year later, I still can’t believe how lucky we are to live here.