Friday, March 1, 2013

Going once, going twice....sold. Almost.

In my very limited experience on making an offer on a home, I have realized I am not good at countering!  Friday afternoon we put in an offer on the house across the street from us.  On Monday we received a counter offer that wasn't really exciting to us.  We countered, they stood firm, we took it.  Our realtor must think we're crazy!  Two times after we told her a counter, Lee called her back right away trying to change it.  The first time was too late--she had already contacted the other realtor.  And she reassured us by telling us that she thought our first counter offer was good and to wait and see what they said.  The second time around countering, she hadn't reached the realtor yet and we decided to go with their firm counter. (Instead of our second counter.)

So, I guess we're buying a house! Sadly after all this excitement we can't even move in! Just for the main, obvious reasons....we have to wait for the bank appraisal, lock in a loan (and hopefully getting approved for a loan!) do a home inspection, then close. And anything else in between. We are thinking about setting a closing date the end of March.  That should give us enough time to complete some projects before actually moving.  I think Elden and I will be spending a lot of time in this house while the kids are at school.

I will be posting pictures sometime...maybe after the loan is approved.  There is a still a chance they will turn us down.  Hopefully not though.

Though pictures are more exciting, here are a few things we'd like to do right away:

*Refinish the wood floors (which are covered with brand-new carpet. But carpet under a dining room table is not going to work!)

*Install a dishwasher and disposal...the house lacks both (no fridge either)

*Paint lots of walls

*Possibly replace this beast....okay, so here is one picture for you....I am not sure if I want to keep it.  And I have no clue if it even works! But hey, it has double ovens! I bet this was a splurge back in the day...
101 Jackson Ave (13)

I keep looking at the for sale sign across the street, waiting for them to put up some sign stating that it's under contract.  I just checked online and it reads that it's under contract on there--yay!  Not that that changes's just fun to see. Watch for lots of before and after photos in the coming months.  We are excited to start fixing it up right away. Hopefully we're better at reno's than negotiating!


BWei said...

Hope it works out pronto--so exciting! Love the retro oven.

Andrew Bosley said...

So exciting! Can't wait to see pictures!

Jeanne said...

If you do decide to sell that stove do some research online. I bet you could easily sell it. But maybe I'm wrong.

Good Luck! It's so fun buying a house and fixing it up. We actually enjoyed the process.

Unknown said...

I can't wait to see pictures! Hope everything from here goes smoothly. congrats!

beautifuldey said...

Sounds exciting! Just be prepared that you probably can't get in there to do any work until after closing. It's not really yours until then. We were barely allowed to have a house cleaning service come through our house on the day we closed. Maybe it will be different for you, but you may want to find out do you can plan accordingly.

Lee-Ruth-Clark-Cal-Shanna-Haley-Elden said...

Thanks Becky! And yes, we can not do anything till after closing. We don't have to be out of our rental till April 21st, so if we close the end of March we should have enough time to get some projects done--hopefully!