Real estate. Those two words have always made me nervous. My partner and I are getting married in the fall and wedding preparations don’t bother me half as much as the shenanigans that surround the buying of a new home.
As couples go, we’re the older kind, and both of us have been married before. We decided that, pre-marriage, we’d ‘amalgamate’, in more ways than one. We both owned our own homes before we met. After dating for so long, we both naturally ended up spending more time in mine than his. However, both homes were of an equal size, meaning that neither were 100% suitable (were – we sold up and rent for now).
Being in our 40,s no young children (or grandchildren on the horizon) we thought it better to downsize. And that’s what we’re doing. And I know we’re having to get on and ‘do it’ because we just spent the last week looking at bridal sets. In fact we bought one. Which means the wedding is definitely happening!
Silly I know, and maybe the house buying thing, on top of the wedding, is stretching our coping abilities a bit thin but … needs must. We are both old romantics, and both want the house bought and ready to move into after we return from our honeymoon in Cancun. We’ve even got friends ready to go and ‘air’ the house a day or so before we come home. We just need to get all the details sorted out … like buying it!
So far (as the house buying process goes) we’ve got a realtor sorted, and credit, well, we don’t need it. As we’ve both sold our homes we’ve got money in the bank to buy cash, so that’s one aspect of the process we’ve not been subjected to. We did have a list of homes to view, and narrowed it down to two. We’re now (at the time of typing) at the stage whereby we’ve made an offer one our favorite property which means that we’re waiting to hear one way or the other.
I’m pretty sure we won’t get it but that’s possibly because I’m one of life’s realists in that usually things are not quite so simple! Anyway, even if our offer is accepted, we’ve still got a few more steps to take prior to completing the purchase. We should know – as sellers we’ve been through it twice from the opposite side of the fence.
If, like us, you’re in the middle of the process, good luck! If not and you’re thinking about it but need more information, click here. The link takes you to a nice, concise step-by-step guide to what you can expect before, during and after the home buying process.