adventures in house hunting

By | 10:30 AM 7 comments
We are in the throes of house hunting. Which is much more fun on tv than in real life I have decided. We have been looking now for about a month without much success. Or short lived success as we had an offer on a house fall through over the weekend. Apparently not all realtors are ethical...go figure.

I don't consider myself extremely picky. However, there are certain non-negotiables that I have as a family with four children:

- Hard flooring in the dining area (i will never understand a carpeted dining room!)
- A yard of some sort
- 3 bedrooms plus an office/den/bonus room
- 2 bathrooms
- In a safe neighborhood
- Within our budget

That's it. Everything else I can change or fix or update or get over.

And let me tell you...taking all four kiddo's with you on a house hunting expedition is f.u.n.

If your idea of fun is your brain falling out of your head from explaining that you cannot climb in other peoples bed or play with their toys or jump off the stairs of eat their food over and over and over and over and over.

And over.

Thankfully, we have awesome friends and family who have been helping us out and we haven't had that scenario too many times. My brain thanks them too.

I know that there is a house out there for us. And I know the Lord is going to provide. And for once in my life I don't want to be surprised by His provision. I am expecting it.

Because he has NEVER let me down. And he didn't orchestrate all the details of our new stage in life so perfectly just to forget this detail.

Ok, pep talk over.
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kim said...

I found your blog through another blog and this post had me cracking up! We moved from GA to VA (military) and we DROVE up here WITH our two kids in the middle of the blazing hot summer and looked at THIRTY houses in 36 HOURS. The house we ended up choosing? The first one we saw.

Tasha Via said...

You're doing GREAT! We looked and looked and then just happened to pass by our current house while on the road on the way to look at more houses.

I can't wait to see the house God is preparing for you and your family!

I agree, house hunting is no fun, but oh house much fun will it be to move in and DECORATE!!!!

Kelly Via said...

Jenn, sorry to hear about the fall-through. How disappointing! But, you'll find the house for your family, and I believe you can find one that you love! Can't wait to have you guys a little closer to us! I know once you find your new house, you'll make it look beautiful and comfy and it will be worth it!

Kelly Via said...

Oh, and I love how you linked "House Hunters." So true. Looks much more fun on tv.

Devin Newton said...

You have a pretty good set of standards, so it shouldn’t be difficult for you to find the house that matches your needs. I guess you just happened to find an unethical realtor, and that prolonged your search for your perfect home. Thankfully, you have friends who supported you while you went through all of these. I hope you were able to find the find the perfect home soon after these little mishaps. Have a nice day!

Devin Newton @ Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Your standards are undeniably great. It may be hard to achieve them, but at least they're all really possible. You just have to find the right realtor who can help you have a house that will perfectly suit all your needs. In any way, thanks for sharing that, Jennifer! All the best to you!

Arlene Keller @ Scott Sauer

Those are important specifications that you've laid out, especially the one that pertains to safety. It's one thing to have a home that is the stuff of legend in every single way; it's another if it is susceptible to break-ins. Good call.

Naomi Walters @ Chicora