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??