Wednesday, January 24, 2018

House Update

So much house news to share & report on!  First up, selling our old house...  So we listed in November, giving ourselves plenty of time to sell.  Our house received tons of attention, which meant a ridiculous amount of showings.  As in 31 showings.  Keeping a house show ready all the time: hard.  Getting three kids out of the house for multiple showings at random times, including naptime: super hard.  Thankfully, I could always sneak over to our neighbors to nap Finn there (as well as spy on potential buyers).  But all of it was just exhausting.  We were pumped that people were excited about our house, but then always disappointed that no offers would follow.  Not one.  Not even a low ball.  

But finally after that 31st showing, one came through.  It was good not great, but we were anxious to be done showing our house.  And we really wanted to be under contract before Christmas.  So papers were signed, champagne was poured.  Except, three days later... the buyer bailed.  They claimed "financing issues", but I don't know that I believe it.  We were devastated.  And little stressed.  So back on the market the house went.  And then miraculously, only three days later, we had an offer for full asking price!!!  Boom!  

They wanted to close as soon as possible, so we needed to find a rental starting in January.  Conor managed all that, and found a furnished place for us up in the mountains, just minutes from the house we're building.  While I feel like we're paying an astronomical price, having a furnished place has made the whole moving process that much easier.  I have loved being up in the mountains, adjusting to life up here already.  And I get to drive by our new place whenever I want now.  We survived our first major storm.  Experiencing some of the worst driving conditions I've ever been in (even having lived in the PNW).  They weren't lying about the snowdrifts that did reach 4-5 feet high.  It's all an adventure that I'm loving.

So back to the sale of our house.  Our initial close date was January 12th.  Which has been bumped twice now.  Currently it's at February 2nd.  Our buyer is getting a VA loan and coming across all sorts of issues in underwriting.  It's been extremely stressful for Conor & I.  We're trying not to worry, and really hoping & praying the sale goes through.  The silver lining is that we have had plenty of time to slowly pack and get out of our old house.  It's taken far longer than we expected.  We did lots late in the evenings while the boys were sleeping, because during the day I'm pretty much a baby holder and worthless.  Our final goodbye to old house has yet to happen, but I know I'll be all sorts of emotional about it.

On to the new house, the exciting stuff!  It's coming along so incredibly fast!  We are currently set to close on February 22nd; we're under the 30 day mark!!!  Our cabinets were delivered today, and they've finished painting.   All decisions are final, except I still need to choose mirrors for all the bathrooms.  I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but our home is mostly white, with black accents throughout.  I'm excited to add my own pops of color here & there.  The exterior has a modern farmhouse feel that I have fallen in love with.  The boys are excited, but I can also see that they have been a bit emotional about it all.  Half of their toys & belongings are boxed up in storage.  We're spending time between two houses right now, so there hasn't been a great sense of home.  Finn asks to go "home" a lot, and I'm never quite sure where he means.  He's also asked me "where home is?".  Sweet sweet boy.  And Liam's Kindergarten teacher mentioned that Liam has talked about moving at school.   She has noticed his big feelings too.  So really, we're all anxious to make that final move into the new house.  To meet neighbors (hopefully new friends!) & truly settle down.






For now, I try to be patient.  I trust that everything will fall into place.  And I enjoy the crazy mountain views.  Still cannot believe this is where I live!





14 comments :

  1. I cannot believe you get to live there either - those views are unreal!! So excited for you guys and praying for an easy transition for the boys :)

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  2. These are beautiful pictures! Can't wait to see your home when it's all done!

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  3. Laura!! That house looks amazing! Fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly with the selling process and can't wait to see more pictures of the new one!

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  4. Those views are absolutely stunning - oh my goodness! Here's to a smooth transition for everyone involved!

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  5. You're getting so close to being done! I hope the next few weeks go by smoothly and quickly for you all!

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  6. You better have a spare bedroom cause I am coming for a LONG visit!!!

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  7. Wow, your new home looks beautiful, and what gorgeous scenery! We've never bought a house--I still live in the same two-family house I grew up in as a kid; however, I've had plenty of friends that have shared their selling and home buying stories. It's such a tough thing to coordinate, especially when there is still a risk that the buyer will bail out. Kudos to you for doing 31 showings! I can't imagine the stress of having to keep everything clean and clutter free--not when you have three boys! Best wishes to you as you make the transition, and fingers crossed, the buyer will finally get the approvals he needs. This is EXCITING :)

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  8. Every time I see your pictures I think of the saying, "The Mountains Are Calling And I Must Go." I absolutely LOVE the white exterior! Home, sweet beautiful home!

    www.lauradiiulio.blogspot.com

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  9. How wonderful to be in the final home stretch (I couldnt resist the pun ;) Everything looks so peaceful and beautiful!

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  10. Your house is going to be SO gorgeous!!

    And that second to last pic of Finn- WOW!

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  11. Oh friend, I am so sorry about all the selling/moving stress for you! But so proud of you for keeping your eye on the prize - nearly there... SO excited for you! x

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  12. Your house is going to be AMAZING when it's done! Can't wait to see how you decorate it. All the stress will be worth it in the end, promise!

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  13. That's so exciting that it finally sold! And what an incredible view at your new house!

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  14. wow those views are really truly breathtaking.
    good luck on the closing of the old house and moving into the new one.

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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