Remember our little announcement a few months back? The hunt for our first house is still on, and if there’s one takeaway so far, it’s that all the logistics behind home buying are no joke.
There is so much to consider. So. Much. Location, amenities, bedrooms, bathrooms, lighting, neighborhood, school systems, money. Money, money. I’m going to go ahead and repeat that whole money thing one more time, because it’s really stressing me out.
Anyone have lucky numbers to play in the lotto? May I borrow them? Mine don’t seem to be working. Humph.
Pretty much the only thing keeping me sane while looking is Realtor.com. I love that the site and app updates constantly, so you’re always looking at the latest/greatest options. I also love that the depth of information for each house is really robust. I talked about some of my favorite features before, but one thing that I didn’t realize would be so helpful is their “Estimate payment” feature found on every listing. You can plug in your down payment, mortgage loan type, and it’ll calculate your estimated monthly payment with all things considered. It’s magic. Genius. So helpful.
I don’t know how people did this whole home buying thing without it. I’m referring to realtor.com but I suppose that can apply to the whole money thing, too.
Back to our search.
While we’re very much still exploring options and figuring out what we can afford and where exactly we want to be, we’ve been honing in a bit more on what we’re looking for. Doug and I sometimes get into a game of tomato, tom-ah-to with things like this, but to our surprise, we largely agree about what our ideal first home will look like.
We want grit. A house that’s been passed over. Potential. A fixer upper.
Surprised? Check out why we want to go this route, and other thoughts on our ideal first home purchase, in the video below!
Side note: This was our first venture into video blogging, so go easy on the judgement. I’ve got to say, though making it was a bit intimidating at first, it was fun to do! Plus, Gracie provided us with plenty of hysterical outtakes (I’ve provided a few for you – watch it to the end!) What do you think? Should we do more of these?
Lulz. Ignore the price point on the house featured above. This was more for the photo. 😉
I’m curious – what does your ideal first home purchase look like? Would you venture down the “Fixer Upper” path like us?
While we’re still in the “just looking” phase, I’m confident that we’ll find the right one eventually with the help of Realtor.com. (Plus, you can contact agents directly through the app, so if all else fails we’ve got a fall back plan!) If you’re in the market, or just interested in starting to look like us, I highly recommend trying out the site or their app. (Download here for iOS or Android)
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