03 Nov I bought my first house! Part 2
*All photos were taken by the previous owner for the home listing*
After a long and trying search with multiple showings and failed offers, my patience was wearing thin. My goal was to find a house before the new school year started as well as to keep my girls in the same school district. Also, the lease at my apartment was up in mid September and there was no way I was paying them an additional dime!
When my realtor made the appointment to show the house she informed me that the sellers would be home. This was the only house we saw that the sellers were actually there. She warned it could be awkward. I figured at least they’d get to meet the person wanting to purchase the house. It was on a Sunday and we went right after church.
Immediately when we walked in I had a great feeling! The sellers were welcoming and answered all of the questions that I had. My gut instinct told me that I’d found my house! It was beautiful and had been very well taken care of. I knew I didn’t want a house that I’d have to put a bunch of money into to update it. It was move in ready with the option to add my personal touches! Perfect!
After we left the showing (the sellers offered us a seat to chat for awhile) I knew I wouldn’t have time to think this over. I’d read on a real estate blog that writing a letter to a seller often times gives an edge to a prospective buyer when the seller is undecided. I figured what the hell…it could work?
That night I submitted my offer for 2k under asking plus money towards closing along with my letter. The following day I went to work and sent my 60 day notice to vacate to my apartment complex. At times you just have to step out on faith to get the reward!
I waited ALL DAY for news about my offer. Let me tell you there is almost NOTHING more nerve wrecking! This process isn’t for the weak! My stomach was in knots all day.
At around 6 pm my realtor (cousin) called and told me she needed to talk to me in person. I couldn’t gauge by her tone whether it was good or bad news? We met at aunties house (our kids had spent the day there) and after awhile we snuck outside to talk. My stomach continued to twist and turn…I don’t remember much of the conversation. The suspense ends, she smiles then says “YOU GOT THE HOUSE!” Apparently the letter I wrote sealed the deal!
I won’t bore you with the details of what happened after my offer was accepted. My closing date was scheduled for my 39th birthday, August 31st. Hurricane Harvey sent that date into a tailspin amoung other things. I ended up closing on September 15th and being fully out of my apartment on September 18th.
When I tell you God is good I mean it! My life is a testiment of this! I never imagined being a single mother, nor did I ever dream I’d be able to purchase a home by myself. I look forward to this journey with all of you as I make our house a home!