Medical Mondays-We're Buying a House (Well Maybe)

4.06.2014

So after 7 years of moving across the country, renting apartment after leaking roof/loud neighbor/I have to get my lazy butt off the couch to take my dog for a walk since we have no actual yard apartment we are finally looking for our first home! My husband will finish his spine fellowship at the end of June and we will be heading to Detroit next week to tour some homes that we have narrowed down onto "the list".

I always say this but it is such a surreal experience. When my husband and I first met 8 years ago we talked about how life would be after medical school and residency. We spent hours talking about what our first home would be like and would drool over houses that we found online.

Living in NYC and Nashville for training we always knew that those places were temporary so we rented. When I think about all the money we there away for rent (aka we could own a home free and clear now) it makes me sick. We also put up with our fair share of rude, money grubbing landlords, screaming neighbors, leaky roofs (literally every place we have rented it follows us like a black cloud), and just not having a place to call our own is about to come to an end. Well maybe.

We have a list of about 10 houses we plan to do a marathon weekend of looking at. Luckily I am from the area we are moving back to but am still no expert, especially since I haven't even lived in the state for 7 years. So we are placing our housing fate into the hands of a real estate agent and about 52 hours worth of ground time before we fly back.

I look back on all of the major decisions in my life and I have to just trust that God and the universe will place us exactly where we need to be. Life has always worked out like that and I have to have faith it will continue to. When I fight against something or try to force it, it never works out.

Being a type A super planner, going with the flow is not something I am used to doing at all. But now I need to. We decided to go into it completely open minded, check out the houses and we feel like we will just know if we find "the one". If its meant to be its meant to be and if not, we will probably just rent for a year or so until we can find it.

I am thankful that we are even in a position to be able to purchase a home and at the end of the day that is something many people will never have an opportunity to do. It is a privilege I am not taking lightly and will try enjoy the whole process :)

Oh and side note I am so incredibly sad and devastated that we missed out on this baby:


It sold for a mere $102 million cash out in L.A. Apparently some French billionaire got there before we did. Sigh…we could have had our own mini White House ;)

So any first time home buyer tips??

13 comments :

  1. Ahh! Buying a first house must be soo exciting! Ben and I are considering it when I move to Chicago for my last two years for clinical rotations. Even though its temporary, its way cheaper than renting there, plus I know every year a group of med students from my school will be coming over, so it would be easy to rent to them. At the same time, I know its going to be forever until we get to move into the house we will actually have a life in. I feel like that time is soo far way! Good luck, i hope you find your dream home!

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    1. Its amazing how fast residency really goes though I promise! Thanks for reading :)

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  2. Thanks for linking up with Medical Mondays! I give out way too much advice on my blog. Go easy on yourself regarding the renting for the last 7-8 years. We bought, and wish we would have rented - we would have saved money! You never know what your situation might have been. But now you can buy without having to worry about selling or renting a home! Good luck with your house hunting trip. Don't think you have to find something now... wait, be patient, don't look at anything over your budget!

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    1. Yes I appreciate your advice and went back to your blog for some! I think the being patient thing is the hardest part because we only have one weekend to look at places gah! Luckily I was born in the area so I know what we want and where to look. Thanks for commenting and love your posts :)

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  3. Good luck with buying a home. Its always very exciting.

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  4. So exciting... take your time finding the house. You'll end up where you're supposed to be. Have fun!

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    1. Yes I am trying to enjoy the process and have fun-after all we waited all these years for this right!? Thanks :)

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  5. I'm glad we are renting right now in fellowship. We still can't sell his home back where he did gen surgery residency and it's almost been a year. Paying a mortgage + rent is not fun.
    I would definitely recommend not buying until all the training is complete and you can settle down.

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    1. Thats why Im so glad we rented during residency. I hope you guys can sell the house soon-we had a couple friends in your same position. Thanks for reading :)

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  6. Visiting for MM! My husband and I are just starting out with this crazy adventure called medicine (he's almost done with his first year), and we've decided to rent throughout residency... It's just a lot easier not having the responsibility owning a home and having to foot the bill when something goes wrong. But we definitely are looking forward to buying our own home someday. Congrats!

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    1. Thats exactly what we did and Im happy with it. I promise residency will go by fast and you'll be where we are soon! It feels like just yesterday he was in medical school. Thanks for reading :)

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  7. There's another replica of the White House in Atlanta that was for sale a few years ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/08/world/americas/08iht-08atlanta.19175714.html There will be another opportunity (I'm sure). Plus, you could always convince your husband or one of your children or grandchildren to become president. (Or even your daughter-in-law, etc!)

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