Something crazy is happening. We’re buying a house. I know we’ve been looking, so not really that crazy, but the way it happened took us totally by surprise.
A few weeks ago we saw a house we really liked, and for the first time I could picture our lives there. People told me I’d get the “this is the one” feeling, and with this house I did. It was a HUD home, so the bidding process is pretty different than a privately owned home, or even a bank-owned foreclosure. Last Thursday at midnight was the bid deadline, and by the afternoon of the next day they announce who won the bid. The simply take the highest bid, no negotiations.
Unfortunately our bid did not win. We were extremely disappointed because it felt like our home, and now someone else was going to be living in our home. But it is what it is, and we wrote it off, and started looking again immediately, assuming it just wasn’t meant to be. We’d find something else.
Then yesterday our realtor called. We got the house.
We have no idea how or why it happened, but the original buyer fell through, and we were the backup bid. We were completely shocked — we had no idea that could even happen. And we’re thrilled, so thrilled. Of course there is much to happen before we close and move in, but as long as all goes well, we’ll be in our new house this summer.
Let me tell you a little about it. First, it’s not in the city, which is where I wanted to be. Technically it actually is, but it’s far enough out that it feels like the suburbs to me. That was not my ideal situation, but I loved the house so much, it didn’t matter. It’s two stories: living room, family room, large kitchen, half bath and a three-season porch on the first; four bedrooms and a full bath on the second. The basement is large, and half of it is finished, while the rest is laundry and storage space. It has a big back yard and, wait for it, an in-ground pool. A pool was definitely not on our wish list, but our dream home happens to come with a pool and we’ll take it. I actually think my family is more excited about that than we are — I’m pretty sure we’ll have company everyday in the summertime.
We are so excited and feel so lucky. When things get more official, we’ll share pictures. Yay!