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Thursday, November 10, 2016

The House Hunt Saga - We Made An Offer

Hunting for a new home has been way more of a challenge than I thought it would be.  Finding something in our budget has been the most challenging part of all.  We want to move back to the area where we lived in our last home, but boy, have prices increased.  As I have said before, more than doubled since we moved 12 years ago.  The second hard part is the age of a lot of the homes.  They are mostly around 25 to 35 years old.  Some have been updated (not necessarily to my taste) and some haven't.  There are all kinds of things to consider - windows- AC units - roofs.  Lots of upgrades to be done and already at the top of our budget.

We finally started looking at an area a little newer and about 5 miles north of our targeted area.  We found a home within our budget and one that I think I could work with.  My main concern was LOCATION - LOCATION - LOCATION.  You know what they say.  You can change a lot about a house, but you can't change the location.  So that was my biggest concern.  I was trying to find a home I could afford in an UPSCALE area and this one is.

This is the home we made an offer on.  Good bones, built in 2002 - 1982sf. 3 bdrm & loft - 2.5 bathrooms and a good price, plus a really GREAT location.  This home is one of the smaller homes in the area.


Living - Dining room as seen from the front door.  You can see the sliding door through the opening to the family room and then out to the backyard.


 another view of living/dining that also shows the loft on the second floor on the right.  You can see the door to a powder room and also the opening to the family room and kitchen at the bottom of the stairs.


 view from the stairs back to the front door.


 family room looking into kitchen


 kitchen - breakfast area


 view from the breakfast area back to the kitchen & family room - door next to fridge is a large walk in pantry then the door to laundry room and garage.


 master bedroom - walk in closet for her - 7 ft. sliding door closet for him


master bath - you can't get more builder basic than this


 loft


 view from loft to living/dining downstairs


 blank slate back yard.  We will put a pool in as one of our first projects.  With the desert heat, that is my #1 desire.  I need something to cool off in.

The main appeal of this house is the fact that it is affordable, in a great location with much more expensive homes and a blank slate.   Really and truly builder basic so I don't have to work around a lot of upgrades that I really don't like.  This is not what I would call my dream home, but one I think I can turn into a very comfortable place for us.  It will be nice to be closer to family and to be able to enjoy all those spur of the moment get-togethers.  This home puts us about 5 miles north or south from family, so it's a great location.

Now we go on to listing our home and going through the inspection process of this home.  So we will see, still not a done deal, but at least the process is started.


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47 comments:

  1. Love it, Marty! I know that everything will go smoothly, and you'll be decorating your beautiful new home before you know it!

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  2. So exciting! It's beautiful! I know what you mean about location...that was our main goal too. Good luck with everything!

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  3. Congratulations! I hope they accept the offer and that when listed your home will go quickly! We all know you'll do a great job of decorating and making it a your home!

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  4. Hoping all goes well on all fronts, Marty!

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  5. Love it! This is a great blank slate for you to work with. I hope it all works out well with the inspection! Congratulations!

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  6. Yay!! This was my favorite out of the ones you posted recently. My husband was a licensed home inspector before he retired. Hope your inspection goes well. Your home is so nice and well cared for so hopefully it will sell quickly.

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  7. Hope this all goes well for you, Marty! Being close to family is important. This house will give you lots of blog posts as you update and beautify. Fingers crossed for a quick and easy purchase/sale.

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  8. Oh Marty I am SO glad that you have finally found a home. Fingers crossed that it all goes through smoothly. I just know that the house will be a showplace once you are done with it.

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  9. I'm so glad you found something to make an offer on! :) Praying all works out for you! I know you will make it a real show place with your decorating skills.

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  10. Good luck with the offer, Marty! I hope you get it.
    Brenda

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  11. Marty, I'm so glad for you!! I think this house will work out great and I hope all goes well with the process. The house is so bright and clean which is the best place to start. :)

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  12. Marty, it has great bones and a wonderful flow, you picked a winner! So happy for you. You have a whole new journey ahead of you. It is so fun having a new home, and in no time you will be putting your special touches here and there, plus the upside is closer to family that is a must!!! So happy for you!!

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  13. Congrats on making the offer! I hope it all goes well for you. It looks like a great home for you to do you magic on!

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  14. Have read your blog for awhile now. Congratulations on finding a new home & I can't help but ask, are you from Arizona?

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  15. Good luck, Marty. This seems like a good choice for you. Good luck with the next steps.

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  16. Wonderful!! It's a beautiful home and I know it will blossom under your hand. Aunt Jean

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  17. Congrats Marty...the floor plan is so very open and so bright and cheerful....I know that you will work your magic and make this house your home!

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  18. I agree about location. Fingers crossed about the offer on your beautiful new home!

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  19. Congratulations Marty! We will be in the same boat in a few years when we need to downsize. Fingers crossed all goes well!

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  20. Marty, I am excited for you and I know that you will make it beautiful with your style! I hope your home sells quickly and you can get started on making this house your home!

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  21. Looks like you'll be rolling up your sleeves and getting back to work again soon. I hope everything goes quickly and smoothly for you in this new adventure!

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  22. Lovely home, Marty. you will make it yours for sure. You have such an eye and touch to decorating. Best of luck to you. I can't wait to watch the process. Hugs to you my friend. Karie

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  23. Best of luck on both buying and selling, Marty.

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  24. I can just envision your decorating touches throughout the home, Marty! And you're so right about it being easier to replace builder grade features, rather than replacing pricier upgrades that you just don't like. So happy for you and your hubby and wishing you well on buying and selling. I know your family is so thrilled at the thought of you living closer to them. So exciting!

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  25. Congratulations! This house is a gem and just waiting for your touch to bring it to life!

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  26. I think you have picked a winner, Marty! I hope everything goes smoothly for you!

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  27. Congratulations Marty! I love the style of your new home and I cannot wait to see how beautiful it will be when you have given it your magic touch.

    hugs,
    Sissie

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  28. Congratulations, Marty! If this is the one I pray it will all just fall into place for you! It's lovely and looks so fresh. You'll put your magic to it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  29. Marty praying it all works out for you! I know you will make it into your dream home over time. You are right location location location! It took us several years to find a house in the right location for us.

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  30. Will you grow weary with going up and down the stairs?

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  31. Love it!! Best thing about it, close to family!

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  32. Woo hoo, I'm super excited for you - best of luck with the whole process!! ps....I don't envy you the whole packing and moving nightmare....but the end result will be worth it!

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  33. Will will have that house looking so classy in no time
    And a pool sounds so divine

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  34. You will do that house well. Good luck. It is a great, CLEAN slate.

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  35. I like it...and you will make it great. I am helping my parents transition to a newer downsize from their home of almost thirty years. They are finishing a builder started home...and I have been helping with selections, etc. Their house is one the market. It gets tense...but this will put my older/elderly parents near me, eldest child/daughter. My mom is getting her very first custom kitchen after 60+ years of marriage. :-) I hope they will let me blog about it.

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  36. Marty,
    Best of luck in your endeavors, dear friend!
    The main reason we chose to move to this side of the Prairie
    was to be 5 minutes North from our son and daughter~in~law.
    Not our dream home, but a home with "good bones" it has been
    quite comfortable or us and we have never regretted making this move!
    In no time at all, you'll take this new home from basic builder to Cosmopolitan Chic!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  37. This sounds exciting Mary.
    Being near family is our plan too.
    I am excited for you!

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  38. Congratulations Marty!
    It's really beautiful. I am speechless. I never see this type of house before. Fallen in love with your home.

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  39. Wow, I didn't know you've been looking around, Marty! I've been preoccupied with the ORC and finishing everything. I love what you've chosen and I'm hoping everything works out for you. My parents lived in the Phoenix area for over 20 years, so I'm pretty familiar with many areas around there.

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  40. Wishing you the best in this transition! Prayers for all things to be good at both houses. I know we won't recognize the "after" with your talents! :)

    xo
    Pat

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  41. I hope it all works out for you Marty I new home always puts some spring in your step and gives you lots of new projects to do.

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  42. Congrats Marty! I hope that everything goes smoothly and once in, I can't wait to see what you do to the place with your great designer's eye! : )

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  43. It's a very nice home, but are you sure you want to live in a 2 story house? We downsized to an all level ranch home after two unexpected surgeries and it's been pure heaven not having those stairs to deal with. We never know what life will hand us as we age, that's for sure!
    I enjoy your blog so much. Your decorating is quite beautiful and I always come away with some great new ideas!

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  44. Such a gorgeous home, and I can't wait to see what you do with it. That living room space is simply stunning.

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  45. Love it. Im so glad its yours!

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  46. Wonderful bones and nothing to undo and correct! It will be gorgeous! :)
    What area... close to where you were before?
    ~Liz

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