We are anticipating purchasing a home today!
I had mentioned last fall that we had sold the house we purchased when we moved from Massachusetts to Pittsburgh - the one we were going to work on every day to turn it from a klunker to a beauty. But, the reality of our lives did not allow for that to happen so, three and a half years and many challenges later (I think we all gained decades of wisdom during those three, trying years), we sold it to a lovely woman who has already begun doing the major work the house needed. It makes us happy to see someone else transforming it into their home.
We had sold that house (at a loss mind you) so we could, literally, move on. Jeremy's new job has him commuting 2 hours each way with several nights a week just staying up near the university. This is not very sustainable. We began looking for houses to relocate to early last fall and it has been an emotional roller coaster! The process of working with a lender is so invasive. They pry into your personal life and make you feel tiny and irresponsible and make you justify why you moved so many times from 1999-2005 (uh...i was a single parent, working two jobs, and in school full time...living arrangements were not very stable) (i actually had to write a letter explaining this). We found what we thought was our dream home. A tiny cabin in the forest on a few acres. But, two days before closing, the deal fell through and we didn't get the house! I felt so upset. I cried. We had all spent 45 days completely imagining our life there and then it didn't happen. So, we tried for another house, which also did not work out. We finally decided that we needed to re-evaluate the entire plan. We found a location half way between Jeremy's job and my studio and started looking. Turns out our real dream house was waiting for us there. It had just come back on the market the day we started looking. We went to see it, placed an offer, went through all the appraisals and inspections, started working with a new lender (who was fantastic! has not once made us feel as though we were low-lifes for not being able to pay cash for a house) and here we are - our closing is at 2pm.
I want to say a big thank you because many people have helped us get here, most importantly: our families and everyone who has supported Moop have made it possible for us to do this. Moop is what has supported us since we moved to Pittsburgh. We now have the addition of Jeremy's job (which is a huge relief!...and a great job) and we're looking forward to finally being somewhere stable, that does not need to be gutted and renovated before we can actually live there...we get to just move right in! So, we're holding our breath until 2pm because in many ways it feels too good to be true.