I feel like this is an appropriate title for this post because it seems like I'm about to go on an EPIC journey! Today marked the start of buying my very first house and all that that entails. I woke up this morning a bundle of nerves. I don't know why I do this to myself, but I get the worst case of social anxiety when it comes to meeting new people and today I met my lender AND my real estate agent for the first time.
The good news is, things went great. I got pre approved for much more than I'll ever need, and my lender is fantastic! Small world...when he was looking at my credit report we discovered that we actually worked together in 1999 at my first job! Crazy! I had no intentions of meeting with my agent and seeing houses today, but I DID plan on doing a drive by of a house I had my eye on since I was out on the north shore anyway.
I suppose I should give you a geographical lesson real quick so you know what this north shore business is :p Right now, I live in New Orleans which is on the SOUTH shore of Lake Ponchartrain. The north shore of lake ponchartrain is about 30 minutes away from the city but vastly different. It has all of the charm of little boutiques and shops and coffee shops, but it also has lots of woods and forest and farmable land, etc. Can you see the plan for me???
So I called my agent just to let her know that I got pre approved and that I was going to drive by that house that I was loving and she said she would meet me there! So I met her too :) I didn't love the house :( I was really disappointed because from the pics it had everything I wanted. Wood floors, porch, granite counters in the kitchen, spa tub, walk in closet, relatively new, etc, etc....problem is...it's a modular home. One of those homes that are pre made and just shipped over. It doesn't FEEL like a home to me. It felt plastic almost. My agent said "well lets go to my office and put together an offer!" LOL She's a go getter. She's great. I had to let her down and tell her I wasn't in love with it.
But it was a good exercise. I told her what I liked and what I didn't and we're going to go next Saturday and look at LOTS! I'm super duper excited!!!! Mostly I wanted to warn everyone that you will probably be seeing lots of squeeing and whining possibly and house buying updates for the next while here :/ Yes, there will still be book reviews too :p Just a fair warning though.
Best news of all...once I can get settled in down here, I can bring Matt down here and we can finally start a life together :) Yes, we have a life together now, but we're not physically together and that makes things hard sometimes. So I guess I'm just asking you to keep your fingers crossed for me!!
Hopefully up next is a review of the Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey as I'm almost finished this amazing book. Anyone have any amazing weekend plans??