So, the last journal I wrote, we were looking at a house, someone had made an offer on it, and we were going to the bank to get approved so we could make a better offer. Well, we had originally gone to the bank a couple months ago and been told we would be approved for a certain amount of money. It wasn't an official approval, but he went through all the steps of one to give us a really good estimate. Turns out it wasn't that good of an estimate, as when we went in to get officially approved, he said he couldn't do it for that amount of money.
We had to pass on the house we wanted, but right as we were coming to that decision, the house literally across the street from the one we liked went on sale for less than the first one, putting it within our new price range. Knowing we liked the neighborhood and the layouts of the houses there, we decided that, if we looked at it and it was in good condition, we would put in an offer. What ensued was a run of ridiculousness that was quite frustrating.
We tried to arrange to see the place, but there were still renters living there and they didn't contact their realtor...ever. So our realtor couldn't arrange a time for us to go. Meanwhile, we're contacting our banker trying to get an approval form and he's dragging his feet, not returning my calls, and when he does, he says he's going to email it to me and still hasn't, to this day. We figure we'll keep trudging along, anyway. Finally managed to see the place yesterday. Wow. The description says, "Well maintained..." but I didn't see one bit of that. The entire place needs new flooring. They've nailed cheap door framing to the wall in a very poorly done DIY attempt at a chair railing. There are two planks missing from the utility door. There are giant holes in the screen on the porch.
So yeah, we're not getting that house, either. It's ok, though. We're not attached to it and we're moving on. We've identified three more houses we want to look at and we're still "patiently" waiting an official approval letter from the bank. Great fun, this house hunt!
I hope this stuff is informative for anyone who wants to house hunt for the first time. It's not a quick process like buying a car. There's a lot of high hopes, misleading posts, and frustratingly long waits (which is weird to say, considering the waits we had for the immigration process). A couple days feel like a week when you're doing the house hunting thing. But you have to remember that rushing into a house is a bad thing, as you may not like the result, and being patient will eventually land you in the house you really want for a price you can afford.
And that's my thought for the day, kids.