We have officially been catapulted into the "home buyer" category! We received pre-approval Thursday and had also begun e-mail exchanges with a listing agent for a home we saw while browsing online. We went for a tour today. The house sounded like everything and more that we wanted and it didn't disappoint. 2,000+ sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, great school district, quiet street, non-cookie cutter home. We couldn't believe a 4 bedroom even popped up into our price range. Granted, unless the seller comes down a few thousand it may tip our scale on affordable, but it was definitely worth the look.
The pictures online made the living room look small (possibly too small for Husband's mammoth electronic standards) and the whole house seemed to be decorated in early 80s style. We were pleasantly surprised that the living room is very roomy once you disregard the oversized sectional. The kitchen is a little small, but more workable than our current situation. The cabinets were a higher quality than I thought, so that's good too. The bedrooms were big and the master was MAMMOTH! The master bath was a little small, but nothing terrible. There were a lot of updates with fixtures and whatnot, so we were happy about that. And in person, the decor, while still not totally my style, wasn't as 80s as I thought.
We have started our list of what we'd want to do. The interior doors felt cheap; I said they could easily be replaced, Husband said it would be too expensive. After a quick trip to Lowes.com, Husband has now said a phrase he should have said to begin with: "You're right, honey." We have a few other projects that have already been labeled as "way down the road," so my dad can breathe a sigh of relief. We have to save enough to get furnishings for all of the sqaure feet!
I am slightly concerned about the price, just because of our current pay. And because my car is currently in possession of Bill Collins' Ford being diagnosed. We'll see what a new day's clarity will bring, though!