Time to clean up the holidays. This weekend we’ll take down our Christmas decorations and pack them away carefully. I anticipate putting away our holiday decor will be a little bittersweet around our house. Oh, I’m sure we’ll be blasting music and trying to get Porter to dance around the house with us, but we’ll be wrapping up the last Christmas in our first place together. Yep, we’re saying good-bye to our little abode and starting the house-hunt this year!
Excited, anxious and nervous round out my emotions nicely. I’ve already been scanning Realtor.com, Zillow and Redfin to get an idea of the local market. Plus it’s fun to look around. What have to we done to really prepare? Back in 2014, Matt and I met with a real estate agent and mortgage broker. We asked to be walked through the home-buying process. What keywords should we know (radon, for example), what different types of mortgages are available, how much should we expect closing to cost, and are there any “hidden fees”? An hour later we left with our heads full of information and only slightly spinning.
Armed with our facts, we’re starting to learn more about construction and if we see a house where we’d want to do a few upgrades, understanding the costs associated with them. We’ve even outlined our wishlist of a future home with a few negotiable and non-negotiable items. Our tentative plan is to re-group with our realtor at the end of this month and layout our plan to purchase our first house around late spring/summer.
2015 will sure be an exciting year and I’m looking forward to sharing with you our adventures in buying our first house.