Today I started the process of purchasing a HOME!!!!
I am so excited and pumped to do this!
A couple months ago, I was put in touch with a good Realtor who's son was in the same class as my son. I wanted to wait till after the new year to start looking, to give us time to get through the holidays and deal with all that emotional drama without worrying about buying a home.
Today I called him, and we have an appointment on Thursday afternoon. I am super excited. Stoked! The plan is to get a general idea of what I am looking for, where, and what I want. No looking at properties yet. And Wednesday afternoon I also have an appointment with a guy at my bank to crunch numbers for mortgages. We are going to figure out what I can afford, and what I should put as a down payment, etc etc.
I can not wait to do this. Barry and I did own a home before, but it was all in his name, so this is all new to me. I am so excited to own a house! I can re-model if I want, decorate the way I want, paint, anything I want to do. When we owned before, we were house-poor, and this time I am not, so it is such a different experience for me.
The only challenge I am facing right now is WHERE to buy. I want to keep the kids in their school if at possible, but I have so so many more options if I move out of our boundary lines. It's a real conundrum I tell ya, I really don't know what to do. I wish that Barry was here to help me with this decision. I know he would just say move wherever the best house is if he were alive and doing it with us, but our school has been so wonderful to us, and so supportive since Barry died, that I just don't know if I can leave. Plus, I want A to go to kindergarten there, so I am just not sure what to do.
I'll update as needed. I'm excited to share my house buying progress with all of you.