Wednesday, August 31, 2016

That time we bought a house...Again

We're homeowners..again! These past couple months have been insanely crazy. Ever bought a house? This was our second go at it, so Drew and I were pretty confident we'd be able to navigate smoothly through it. For the most part we were right. We knew exactly what we wanted, how much money we were willing to spend (although we started off with a lesser price, my advice always start low, and have a max price you are willing to spend) and the area we wanted to be in (somewhat). 
From the outside it sounds like we've got everything covered. Minor hiccup, we've never been to Colorado before, we weren't going to be in Colorado until AFTER we closed on the house, oh and the cherry on top, Drew was in Arizona while I was in Florida for the summer. No big deal right? We only purchased a house without ever seeing it.

Needless to say, we were nervous. The market was moving so quickly, by the time we found houses we liked, they would be under contract before our realtor could even go and see it.

First things first, if you're serious about buying a house but you're not in the area, or even if you are in the area, make sure to find a realtor you can trust and rely on. This experience showed me how half-assed our first experience buying a house was. If it wasn't for this amazing team our realtor and loan officer, things would've fallen apart. This is the part where I gush about our amazing realtor, Kristi Shumaker. She was recommended by a friend who had just bought a home with her help in the area. I cannot stress enough, how important it is to find someone you can trust, regardless of if you are buying the house site unseen or in person. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that Drew and I wouldn't have been able to do any of this without Kristi's knowledgeable guidance and genuine joy of helping us. She knew from when she pulled up to check the house out for us that, this home would be our new home. We could tell through her excitement in her video how much she really liked the house, and as soon as we saw the video, we fell in love with the house.

Of course I'm still a rational person, buying a house without seeing it was still a scary experience, and all the pictures and videos in the world didn't stop me from stressing out about the fact that we were buying a house neither of us had seen before, in a place we've never been before.

Thankfully everything went smoothly...until the day we were supposed to leave Florida, when our loan officer called us to say that there was a hiccup and we might not be closing in 5 days. I flipped out, told Drew it was a sign that we made a huge mistaken and now we're stuck with a shit hole that I'm going to hate. (I was definitely being dramatic) ...5 hours later, everything worked out because our loan officer, Everett Nordby was amazing. Seriously, we've been so lucky with amazing loan officers. Everett literally went above and beyond for us and he is the whole reason we were able to close on time.

I could go on and on about both Kristi and Everett, but that would take up so much time. But I'm sitting here in my house, so thankful that everything worked out and we were able to get this house that both Drew and I absolutely love. Looking back, as scary as it was, it was so worth it! Now, the hard part, unpacking the 7,000 lbs of stuff we have!