A little bit about becoming first time homeowners, Why We Bought a House We Did Not Want, and why we are excited about our “Little Piece of Heaven.”
On Thursday Roger & I closed on our first house! ***Cue the majorly excited squeals***
I have been thinking about this post for months now. As you know our house hunting mission was an adventure, if not at times a flat out nightmare.
Here’s a little recap (in case you missed this post). We spent months online looking at houses in north Georgia while still living in Birmingham Alabama. We found one that we LOVED. And since it is located in north Georgia they had left several sets of keys to this brand-spanking-new house in a variety of not-so-hidden locations on the front porch. So we went & looked at it multiple times before it was finished. After going through it with a realtor (& both of our families) we went to make an offer on the house only to discover that, that exact day the builder had accepted someone else’s offer.
MAJOR BUMMER! I had warned Roger I would need 24 hours to be grumpy if we lost that house. So I proceeded to pout for a day.
5 days later we were up in the area again for a full weekend of house hunting along with a lovely baby shower for my sister. 3 days prior we found a house online that we LOVED even more than the last house, we couldn’t believe it! We loved it so much we were ready to make an offer before we even saw the house, but we figured that was irresponsible & we could hold on a few more days & see it on Friday. We even told Ethan, our friend & realtor, that he should be prepared to write up an offer that day, like immediately after our appointment because we knew that this was our house!
That Friday, when we got to Tennessee for our day of house hunting, we got the “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad” news. The house had gone under contract the day we were going to see it & they had called to cancel our appointment.
Immediate house depression set in, no house Ethan could show us lived up to what had become our dream house. We almost didn’t even want to keep looking, we even talked about taking a month break from looking at houses. And after seeing about 15 houses that day we were thoroughly exhausted with only 1 potential house that we were still a little on the fence about. As Ethan began to drive us back to our car he pulled pictures of another house on his phone that he wanted to show us.
Roger immediately said no. He did not even want to see the house due to the pictures online making the house look old and very outdated. It was out of the question.
On a side note: This is a mini list of what we wanted in a house:
- New construction or new house that was only a few years old that needed minimal changes (paint &/or granite in the kitchen).
- In north Georgia or just right over the border into TN. We were excited to be moving back, but weren’t quite ready to settle down right in our hometown. Which is why I wrote this post about my Fears of Moving Home.
- Less than $300k.
- Main floor office, spare room, or den that I can use as an office.
- Yard with lots of grass to mow. (Roger grew up on 10 acres of field, he likes lots of outdoor space)
After talking about it for a few minutes, Roger said we could go look since it was on our way back to the parking lot where we had left our car & Ethan drove us up there. And this is what we found:
- A house that was built before either of us were born, it even had a rotary wall phone! (And yes I am old enough to remember those as a kid, although to be fair I didn’t use them because they were amongst the relics which we were not allowed to play with as kids.)
- In southeast Tennessee & in the heart of our hometown.
- More than $300k.
- No immediate office space.
- No grass, just rocks… Lots of Rocks.
However, over the next hours & days, we started to fall in love with a house we did not want initially.
We had a lot to think & pray about & we were eager to discuss the possibilities. We decided we were going to make an offer by the end of the weekend on one of the two houses we were interested in owning. We showed both houses to our families, & while the first was a new construction house with way more on our wish list we knew in our hearts this wasn’t the house for us. Also, it was in a crowded neighborhood, further from his work, & in under 24 hours of looking at the house it had gone up in price! And it was already over $300k! That pretty much sealed the deal.
Sunset from our back deck.
We did a lot of praying & discussing & decided to make an offer on a house we did not want initially, but that had so much potential. It really is an investment for us, & we are excited to see all the changes come together in the future to make this house a wonderful home, while we wait for Heaven.
Now, looking back on the house search experience, making an offer, counter offer, house inspection, appraisal, closing, & everything in between I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is the house God wants us to own. I know that might sound crazy, God having a house in mind for us (for you), but it is totally true! God can use you anywhere, but if you stay open to His will & guidance He will lead you to something better than you could have ever dreamed!
Sometimes I think that maybe this is the way God sees us at times; like this older house, we don’t on the surface look like anything special & we have old run-down hearts, but God wants us & sees all the renovation potential within us. He already made the investment, & wants to start renovations as soon as possible. Over the coming months & years we plan to do major renovations to this house in order to make it all that it can be. And I think I may learn some things that I didn’t expect along the way, about God’s process within my own life, & His pure excitement & joy with buying a “House” no one would want.
We saw door after door close during this whole experience, but we also saw God work in exciting & unexpected ways! And while our faith was tested even up to last week that this would be our house (apparently buying your first house, never having an income, & starting your first job can be confusing for a bank), we kept praying & believing that God has a plan for us.
And since we have seen Him work in mysterious ways we know that we need to work daily on both our home & our hearts to make it a place where we can share God’s blessings with our family & friends.
Both here & with you, my friend, on Domestically Blissful.
ps. You can see more pictures of our first house on this post A Little Piece of Heaven Home Tour.
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With love, G
For every house is built by someone,
but He who built all things is God.
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