We officially bought our first house in January 2016. And we officially sold that house in December 2017.
Seems like a short time, eh?
We went through a lot to get the house and there was a period where we thought the loan wouldn't go through. But then it did (after we had to spend about two weeks in a dorm room).
If you read my previous blog, you know that Mr. T's school suddenly closed. They announced it in February 2017 and suspended operations in May 2017. It was a super hard time for us with so much up in the air. We literally had the rug pulled out from under us.
When we first put our house on the market, we had no idea what was going to happen. Mr. T didn't even have a job. But we knew that putting the house up for sale was the best decision for us. And we figured that we'd figure it all out as it came.
A couple of months later, he received an offer for a teaching position at a school in Northern Michigan. That meant we had to move. With no prospects at all on the house.
And that meant we'd be carrying a mortgage AND rent for an indefinite amount of time.
It was pretty scary. I mean, I was excited to move, but leaving the house vacant was scary. The showings slowed. But then, one day, someone looked at it and put in an offer.
We pretty much accepted immediately. It was the weirdest feeling in the world. Just wanting it to all be over with. We were so excited for that house, but now we just didn't want to have to deal with it anymore.
Now that the house is no longer ours, it feels so weird. I mean, it hasn't really been ours for months. And I love (I mean l-o-v-e) our apartment.
But it's weird.
Someone else will be putting dishes away in our kitchen. Someone else will be showering in our bathroom and sleeping in our bedroom. They'll grill out in our yard and watch TV in our living room. I wonder what they'll do to the house. I wonder if they'll take down our beautiful tile wall that was inspired by our many years of taking the NYC subway. I wonder if they'll pant the living room. I wonder if they'll take out the ugly ass blue tub.
I feel sad, but I also feel excited for our future. Aside from the fact that we'll no longer have to pay rent AND a mortgage, we learned a lot from our first home. We learned a lot from living in that little town. And I firmly believe that we're in the place that we're supposed to be.
My advice to anyone who's buying a house, especially in a town that they're unfamiliar with, is to make sure that you don't jump in head first. There are many, many things that you can go all in with, but buying a house isn't one of them. It's permanent and there's a lot at stake. And you can lose a lot of money. And I don't care how adventurous you are, that is so not an adventure.