Friday, July 28, 2006

There's no place like home...

Well, after a few days of searching it looks like we've found a house! Let me give you the full story. We are renting a home right now and have been for 3 years. The landlords live in Hawaii. A week ago I received an email from them letting us know there is a chance they will be moving back to Utah. They said we could stay in the house, but they would be raising the rent $130 a month and we'd be required to sign a years lease. I didn't respond right away because Sei and I needed to think and pray about this. Less than 48 hours later I received another email asking our decision. I was confused because she never said they were definitely coming back and now she was telling us she needed to know what school to enroll her son in. So... I told her that we felt we should buy a home rather than continue to pay money on something we don't own. I couldn't give her an exact move out date because I hadn't had much notice. She emailed back saying that there was no pressure to move out, but... if we moved out by Aug. 30 we could forego August's rent all together. But she needed to know by the end of July. AAAaagghhh! We would love to skip August rent, but it's still scary to say "yes" we will be out.
We started looking at homes. We looked at 4 in one day and 3 of them were big "Negative Ghostriders." It's really hard for us to find a home big enough for us that we can afford. We have 5 kids in the home all the time and 2 more for the summers. Homes are selling for ridiculously high amounts right now. They'll be listed for a little lower and then bidding wars jack the price up $5,000-10,000. It's crazy! Homes in my neighborhood are going for over $100 per sq. foot. Ok, my parents live in a very nice neighborhood in Texas- on a golf course with a country club in the neighborhood. Homes there are selling for around $75-80 a sq. foot. Then you come up here in the most ghetto neighborhoods and they're asking $180,000 for a 1300 stq. ft. house built in 1942. Anyway, I was frustrated at the prices and the homes we had seen. I had printed a few more home listings off the internet. There was one I showed Sei and told him I thought we should drive by. It was marked a lot lower than the rest and was bigger. We started driving in that direction. As we drove thru the neighborhood we were fully expecting it to get more ghetto the closer we got to the home. It didn't!! It was a cute little neighborhood all the way thru! The house looked small from the outside, but I knew the basement was completed, so that's where the sq. footage was coming from. We called our realtor and he set up an appt. for the next day.

*Can I just tell you that I am not impressed with our realtor! I found the house. He brought me 4 homes and said that's all he could find in our price range. We told him we'd move basically anywhere in the county, and he brings me 4 homes! I had a stack of like 15 homes I found by myself! We only used him because the lender recommended him. I'm a little bugged. Next time I'll listen to Katie.

Anyway.... Sei and I couldn't sleep all nite. My stomach felt excited because I knew this was the house. I knew it. The next day we had the viewing and our feelings were confirmed. It needs new paint and floors and the yard has been neglected by the renters, but I see so much potential and I am so excited! Anyway- we made an offer. I was a little stressed because we knew there were 2 other offers on the table. But, we both felt that our offer would be the one accepted. And it was!! We will close on OUR home August 15!! I am so stoked. We've wanted to own a home from the beginning, but the beginning of our marriage wasn't typical. We had 5 kids from the beginning, child support payments (and non-payments) and divorce debt, etc... Then Sei bought a house for
NorthStar so we figured it would be a couple of more years before we bought one for us. But here we are- purchasing a home. We are so excited! We do have to move from the city we are in right now to one just north of us. Tristan is upset because he doesn't want to change schools, church wards, etc... I am so with him. I hate change. I seem really outgoing, but that's only when I'm comfortable. I will go to church with a sick stomach for about 6 months straight. I will walk in hoping no one talks to me. I'm really weird like that. And Sei reminded me last nite how people think I'm mad or stuck up because I get so nervous and I am so socially retarded I avoid conversation if I can. So... I have that to look forward to. :( But other than that- I am thrilled!! I haven't told my landlord yet. I'm afraid I'll jinx it. I'm afraid this post will jinx it. Wish us luck, ok??

9 comments:

Katie said...

Oh, Tori, that's wonderful! I'm so glad you found a great home. You guys deserve it. Email me the link so I can see it, okay? ;)

Tyler and Ruth said...

that is SO cool. it is so great that everything worked out. i totally know what you mean about getting to know people and appearing different from how you normally are when you are new to a situation. it usually takes me about six months like you said to finally make some friends and feel comfortable. but you will do great!

JC said...

Coolio! Congratulations! Yada yada. As for the big change, it will be new ward and school, but at least you're moving to another state. ;)

Robin said...

I am way excited for you and want you to email me with all the details. Me and Shauna just moved forst so it would be easier for you to leave! Good luck!

s--max said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for y'all. You totally deserve it!

Tara said...

This is your chance to fake it 'til you make it and act like you are the most outgoing person ever when you move into your new area. Forget shy, social retard and go make some great friends! Congrats, again, by the way.

Gina said...

Congrads! Good luck! I can't wait to hear the official news! Let me know what I can do to help with the move, okay?

Stephanie said...

Congratulations! That is so neat that you will finally be in a house of your own. You've really been patient waiting for this day.

How exciting!!!

Abbie said...

Yea! Owning a home is the coolest. Just as a side note: This is an awesome time to buy in Utah. It's the most undervalued market in the country right now (which means your value will raise quickly after you close). To buy a home in the Phoenix area, you will spend around $135 - 175/sq ft easily.