If I was going to give any advice to home buyers, it would be to spend the extra time and money and get an inspection done. There are a number of reasons, but here are the main ones:
- gives you confidence in the house you are purchasing
- can uncover some things you might not have been aware of
In our case it did both! We could not have been happier with both the inspector and how the inspection went. We knew going in that the house was going to need some general work and maintenance (part of buying a 100 year-old house), but we also uncovered old wiring in the attic that needs to be taken care of. Because we spent the money we are getting that done and will be safer for it.
I think that is the definition of a win-win scenario.
Probably time for me to update everyone on our housing situation once again. As many already know, we have been looking for a house and working with the bank to get financing at the same time. Our student loans were the blocking point for the financing for a while even though we had found a house both my wife and I liked and wanted to put an offer in on.
Well, last Friday we received notification that we had been approved for a mortgage. Sadly, it was for less than we were hoping (see above comment about student loans) but we decided to go ahead and put in an offer anyway just to see what would happen and because we wanted to move things ahead and quickly as possible.
We have had a wonderful realtor working with us through the buying process and she was able to get us in today (Saturday) to walk us through the offer process and get our first offer in. It was a 2 1/2 hour process mainly because I can’t stop talking when working with people (I need to apologize to my coworkers again for that), but we put in our offer right before 5pm on Saturday.
Lo and behold, we found out that our offer was accepted later that night! To say that we are excited would be a gross understatement. We both are still in a state of shock, but we could not be happier at the moment. The whole process has been great so far, with both our mortgage officer and realtor willing to work with us through any road blocks or issues we might come up against.
Now we just forge ahead with all of the stuff that needs to get done before closing in a little over a month. We are quietly hoping that we will be able to move that closing date closer to the beginning of February, but that will be contingent on how quickly we can get things done on our end and if we can work that out with the seller. All of that aside, we are on our way to owning our first place and once again having a home of our own!
I’ll make sure to toss up a picture in the future once we are farther along in the process. Until then: does anyone have a snowblower for sale?
It seems that you always need some sort of introductory post to a new blog, and this is my third such blog, so I’ll go ahead and keep it as brief as possible.
First, the reasoning behind the change back to WordPress. It really comes down to two things: Tumblr’s recent outages and the fact that I was already paying for a cloud server from Rackspace (I’ve been really happy with them). That was enough to bring about the change. I still have access to my Tumblr blog at http://tumblr.bobmartens.net and I will be keeping that up indefinitely or at least until I find the time to transfer over my stuff from there to here.
Second, and maybe most important, is what this place is going to hopefully become. Honestly, I don’t really know. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get back into writing some more, but it is hard to say how much time I will really have. Until then, expect some changes here as time permits, but don’t expect too many or for them to happen too often.
That’s about it at the moment. Thanks!