Once our house sold, we were thrown into a whirlwind of house hunting in a market that was ridiculously crazy. There were a ton of people wanting to buy and not very many houses for sale. We found out quickly that this was going to be harder than we thought.
Our main goal was to have a house that was in a good school district for our kids, we were really open to any surrounding KC area towns that had this, but was still close to the city. Our other main criteria was to have at least 2 bathrooms and at least 3 bedrooms. That’s it! I mean, of course there were other hopeful items on our list, but we were willing to compromise if necessary. We thought this openness would give us more options and make it easier. But in this market, nothing was going to be easy.
We saw a lot of great houses that fit our criteria and made us really hopeful and excited. We put several offers/counter offers in, even going over asking price…..but we didn’t get any of them. The emotional stress was high and ranged from excitement to disappointment to promise to more disappointment to panic and so on. It was a roller coaster and I was tired, but we kept praying, knowing that God would provide for us, even if it wasn’t the way we were expecting.
We were living out of suitcases in my wonderful in-laws house 2 1/2 hours away from our home town of Kansas City. Thankfully, Jason was able to work remotely during the month and a half we were homeless. And the space in the house was really comfortable, considering. We had our own kitchen area and pretty much downstairs to ourselves. BUT we were still ready to find OUR new house.
Because we were 2 1/2 hours away and houses were selling the first day on the market, we were left doing most of our house hunting online. We drove up on weekends and put more offers in, just to be disappointed. I was beginning to think that we shouldn’t have sold our comfortable little house and that we wouldn’t be able to afford a house we really wanted. We even put an offer on a house that we had never seen in real life. I had a feeling this was going to be the one, but it wasn’t. We were starting to consider everything as a new option- buying a complete remodel, maybe a duplex and renting half out or even at my most desperate, I was looking at campers on Craigslist. It felt like we would never find a house.
Then we saw a beautiful house that we pretty much demanded our realtor show us first thing in the morning when it came online. We got to the house and they hadn’t even put a lock box key on the door yet, so we waited an hour for their realtor to meet us and let us in. The house was beautiful. It had everything on our wish list and more! The schools were the best of the best, there were 3 1/2 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms, a finished basement, fenced yard and was move-in ready. I was really skeptical that we could get anywhere close to what this house would end up selling for. We made our highest offer immediately and waited. We found out that the house had 27 other appointments for showings that day. I was pretty confident that we would not get it and after so many lesser disappointments, I think I was just trying to not get my hopes up.
This was one of the first pictures we took of the front, as we waited to be let in to see the inside. Anyway, to make a long waiting story, short. WE GOT THE HOUSE!!!! I couldn’t believe it, really. The realtor said they kept getting calls and blind offers after ours had been accepted. Inspections went pretty good, there will be a few things that we have to fix/work on, but nothing major. Yay!
Through hind site, I am quite thankful that none of our other 5 offers or counter offers went through. God was answering prayers with something even better than we could have imagined. And not only that, but a day before we were to close and move in, we found out that we were expecting baby #4 (a huge surprise, considering we thought we were done. I might have cried, but I’m excited now)….so the extra house space will get good use in the future when we have 4 teenagers! Ahhhh!!! So scary to think about!
Fast forward a few months and we are still finishing up some projects and putting stuff on the walls, but we love this house. I have told several people that I would do a home tour and with a couple rough months of pregnancy out of the way, I’m finally feeling like this can be a possibility. I’m 28 weeks today- officially 3rd trimester! So I’m going to start slow and go through, blogging and posting pictures, room by room, as I have time and energy. So check back often for updates! Next up will be before and afters of our formal dining room, one of my favorite spaces of the house.