March 9, 2015
our adventures in real estate.....
The very next week we fell in love with another beautiful home - it had a breathtaking view of the mountains, had character to spare and just felt like us. We even had a great conversation with the owners, who told our realtor that they really thought we'd be an amazing fit for their home. As soon as we went through it, we found out, yet again, it would be in another multiple offer situation. We didn't want to lose this one and went in strong - even exceeding our realtor's recommended pricing - we went in $55,000 over the asking price. (Yes, a part of me forgets that I'm dealing with real money and gets a little bit caught up in the competition - I'd probably lose my shirt in Vegas). We got a phone call later that evening that the couple chose another couple who offered less money, but paid in cash - no subjects. I was honestly getting scared. This market was moving at a ridiculous pace, and who were all these people walking around with so much cash? I mean is Thurston Howell the Third in town? (Such a fresh reference, I know).
We went to an open house a few days later and met up with a couple who we had also seen at some of these other competitive multi-offer situations. (They too had lost out on the same houses). They had an adorable little boy and we instantly liked them. It's funny because we knew they were going to be competing time and time again against us for the same style/price point of houses.
We always get listings from our realtor a few days before houses hit the market, and another one came out that we really wanted to see. It was on a beautiful street, more in our price point and had a beautiful yard. We told our realtor to set up a viewing and she called to say that unfortunately, the house sold before it even hit the market. Now I was legitimately panicked. Our realtor was miffed that a home didn't get fair play on the market (It's always in a seller's best interest to let a home go to the market so that they can get the most competition, and the most money, for their home).
We didn't seem to stand a chance at the speed which this market was operating. Houses were seriously listing in the afternoon and selling that evening. If you blinked, you missed out.
But then one afternoon, my realtor got a call.....
You see, the house we wanted to see, that sold before it hit the market, was having their home inspection. The realtor representing the people who purchased it, was sitting in his car while the inspection was going on, and called up my realtor to say that while he was sitting there, he could see another home putting up a "For Sale" sign on the very same street. She called us right away to see if we wanted to view it. I was available to see it on my own, and as I walked though it, I kept texting Craig to say that it was amazing and that he would just love it. We got him in to see it two hours later, the house also received another offer on it at the same time as ours, and we got a phone call at 8 pm to say that we won it. I cried tears of joy. It didn't even hit the market. And bonus, the home down the street that we originally wanted to see was bought by that couple we liked. It just all felt a little meant to be. I think, had it gone to market, we would have lost another bidding war to people with cash. We truly lucked out. I can't tell you how excited we are, it's on a beautiful street, around the corner from a cute school and in walking distance to the beach - plus it is in truly a wonderful neighbourhood - we've already met some of the locals and they all love living there. We get to move in two months. With everything going on with my mom, this is the first time I have legitimately felt excited about the year ahead. She mustered up the energy to go for a drive with my dad past it the yesterday and was so excited for us. I hope she is here to go inside when we get it, but I'm so thankful she got to see our new neighbourhood first hand.