Back in September I wrote about saving for our first home. Since then we’ve made two offers on condos. As you can guess, neither of them worked out and we’re back to house hunting. The last condo we just made an offer on was so beautiful and simple. I LOVED the kitchen and the 10ft ceilings, which my 6’2″ husband was also a fan of. I would be upset that we didn’t get the place, but we prayed and had others praying about making an offer and I was a little relieved it was out of our hands that someone else bid higher than us. I know we’ll find a home and that it will be one we love. Just not yet.Now what?
We have more time to save! We wanted to have a 20% down payment to avoid the extra cost of the PMI. With this being the case, time is on our side. Our apartment lease is not up until the first of June, so we’re not pressed to act quickly. We are allowed to pay month-by-month if it gets close to June and we are in the process of purchasing a home, so that takes a little pressure off as well. We still haven’t heard from my husband’s employer about moving to Canada for 6-8 months. We were told they would know by January/February and we’d leave April/May if it was a sure thing and we decided to go for it. We were actually surprised we decided to make an offer on the second condo because even though it was a short 3 miles from Dave’s work, we would need a second car. I tried convincing him he could just get a moped, but he didn’t warm up to that… something about living in Michigan and it being cold 75% of the time…
What I’m learning
I was told not to let myself get emotionally attached to a place until it’s in my possession. I’m starting understand this having been through two offers. It’s hard to pursue a place and not think about what it would look like with our stuff in it. I’m grateful that Jesus is my foundation so that when other things fall through, I’m still on solid rock.
How was your experience with house hunting for the first time?