When Alex and I first got the word we were moving to Seattle, we only had about two weeks to find a place to live. We scoured Craigslist and finally found a place and took it site un-seen. Lucky for us, it has worked out great for the past year, but we’re ready to move. Into a house that is.
We already know we’re going to be here for a number of years and are anxious to find a single-family home and settle in and make it our own. It hasn’t been easy though over the past couple of months. The Seattle real-estate market is crazy with houses being snatched up in just two or three days. When you find one you want, you have to jump on it because chances are, five other people will too.
We consider ourselves pretty easy house hunters though: we don’t have a laundry list of must-haves as our biggest considerations are just price and location. We’re also looking for a fixer-upper, no new construction for us. We want to put sweat equity into our house and be able to say, yeah, we re-fisnished those hardwood floors and painted the entire place ourselves. But that’s just the start of it. We want to be able to turn a 100-year-old house into a modern oasis in the city and bring it back to life. That’s the fun of house buying for us.
We’ve been doing our research and even attended a home buying class recently. We know all about pre-inspections, escalator clauses and the “love letter” you write to the home sellers. We are in a multi-offer environment here so anything we can do to sweeten the deal, we do. Just how crazy is it: one house we put a bid on had nine other offers and went for 115% OVER asking price. Sometimes you just can’t compete with more money.
Nevertheless though, we aren’t getting our hopes up. It’s not like we have to move by any certain time; we’re able to renew our lease in our apartment if need be. But we are anxious and would much rather move into a house in the coming weeks, than live another six months in an apartment. So we keep on trekking and know that the right house will come up at just the right time.