Wednesday, November 13, 2013

goodbye rent.

We've been keeping a little secret over here. 

I didn't want to say anything until it was 100% official. It's almost 100%, but I just couldn't keep it in any longer over here...

We bought a house! 

Our loan approval is almost complete and we close next month, so I figured I could go ahead and spill the beans. Let me tell you the story of this little house that will soon be ours...

Once upon a time we found out we were moving to Florida. So we started house hunting. Actually, I started house hunting, and by house hunting, I mean stalking real estate listings. We knew which part of the city we wanted to live in so that narrowed it down a lot. Which was good.

One day we found a great little house right around the neighborhood we wanted and lo and behold, it was a new construction! Which is good because that means no one else has lived in it and dirtied up and gotten their all dead skin cells all ground into the carpet. (Feel free to get grossed out about that for a few minutes. Seriously. Look at your carpet and just think about all those dead skin cells. I bet you never even thought of them before and now that's all you can think about. You're welcome.) So here we were, looking at this brand new, not even finished house, right smack dab in the neighborhood we wanted, and it was dead skin cell free. 

But it wasn't for rent. It was for sale. 

Pause for dramatic effect. 

We're not buyers! We're renters! We love renting and paying someone else's mortgage and replacing someone else's flooring that our dog chewed up back when he first got out of doggy prison and keeping someone else's appliances in good working order and walking around on someone else's carpet with someone else's dead skin cells in them (Seriously, it's kind of an issue for me...). Who doesn't love renting?!

Even though we love it so much, all it took was a little sweet talking from the realtor to convince us that buying might not be a terrible move. (She was smooth.) We weighed our options, prayed about it, and finally decided that maybe if we just saw the house itself, we could make a decision. So we drove down to Jax to check out the house and it just seemed perfect for us! 

Three bedroom, two bath, fenced in yard for Beau. Some more of my favorite touches? 

-Bathroom in the master bedroom; perfect for not cleaning when guests come over. Come on, who doesn't just love knowing that when people come over, there's a room in your house you can just hide all your dirty clothes and towels and not clean out the toothpaste from the sink? 
-Covered front  porch with a porch swing! How quaint and Southern! 
-Screened in pack porch with a ceiling fan. Also quaint and Southern and perfect for drinking outside on hot summer nights without getting assaulted by mosquitoes. 

This is really the only good picture of the house so far because it's still a baby house. When it's finished next month, I will make sure to get it decorated as soon as possible and get some pictures up! It's a very exciting and grown up step for us and we couldn't be more excited to move in! 

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