I’m crazy about the show House Hunters on HGTV. I love watching the process of people looking at houses, buying a house, and then getting settled in and see what they did with their new place. But for a while, watching the show has just been something fun to do, but not on the forefront of my mind.
Well, maybe it’s been on my mind for a little while, but nothing was coming of it until last night. Last night we had over two of our friends (husband/wife team) who work in real estate so we could talk “house hunting.”
While we’re in the very preliminary stages of the searching process, I am really looking forward to what this time will bring us in the end! What I didn’t realize was that there would be a lot to think about in the home search…a lot more “futuristic” thinking than I anticipated. Let me rewind for a minute.
Two summers ago (in fact, mere weeks before meeting Greg) I was house hunting. It was a really good time to buy, I felt ready to stop wasting money on rent, and I loved the south Minneapolis neighborhood that I was currently living in, and hoped to find something similar to buy. Looking for the house, while I did find it stressful in some moments (maybe overwhelming is the more accurate word) felt pretty carefree and laid back. I basically had to find a house that I could afford, and one in which I loved the location and style. That was all I was really considering. You’re probably thinking…those are HUGE things to consider. Yes, yes they are…..but it was different because I was just thinking about myself.
Ok, so that brings us to now. As we began to think about buying a house our friends gave us a little information sheet to fill out so we could pinpoint things that are important, things that are essential, and things that would be luxuries. When we began thinking about these things I realized that there is so many more aspects to think about now that it’s me and my husband…and not just me.
We both want to find a house that is within reasonable distance from work (which for both of us is west of Minneapolis)…we want a house that has a bit of a yard (and by a bit, I mean enough that we’ll have to mow, but not enough that it will take us hours to maintain)…we want a house that we can grow into and have a few (if not all) kids in…we want a house that will have the perks of the city life, but the perks of a quieter, smaller city feel….the list goes on.
When I was talking through all of these things with Greg, and our friends, I began to start worrying if we’re being too picky, or if we’ll ever find a house. There are so many things we WANT, and so many things that we may or may not get. But I have come to one big conclusion: Don’t get hung up on what I THINK we want, but have an open mind…because the house that we would least expect to be a house we love could be the one we love the most.
So begins this journey as…..house hunters!
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