We began the house hunt unofficially in October, but waited to start really looking etc until after the Holidays. We had a targeted area in Nashville where we wanted to be (really close to work/family), but the inventory was very limited. The price per square footage was crazy too and most of the homes were older w/ only ONE bathroom. I know this is not a huge deal to most, but to me it's a no go. The great homes of course sold super fast, which made it harder.
We fell in love with a completely remodeled home in the desired area. It was at the top of our budget, but it was 100% done and gorgeous. The backyard wasn't much but we thought we could make it work. We would have been the top of the neighborhood, which didn't appeal to us. Ben drove by several different times and the one thing in common was the neighbor across from us had two large tow trucks parked in his yard/drive (and sometimes in the driveway of the house we were looking at). No offense to tow trucks, but that is not something I want living directly across from me, especially for the price we would have paid.
Back to square one, ugh.
We decided to look out of the county (Nashville) and Ben found several in a near by town that had brand new houses in our budget. I couldn't get off to go with him/agent to look at the houses, but I trusted Ben. We actually drove up late one night (before he went to look at the inside) and looked at the neighborhood etc and crossed a couple off the list.
He found two in the same neighborhood that he really liked (I liked the pics), so we made arrangements for me to view them asap.
We then....found our house!!!
We viewed it twice in one day and then slept on it before we made an offer. After countering, we were SOLD. We did our inspection, had to do a "builder's walk thru" to point out any corrections we wanted them to make (paint/dry wall etc) and then a "final walk thru" the day of closing. Closing went super fast and smoothly. It's great working with competent people...ha!
We had our POD delivered and began unloading Saturday morning. Fun times, especially 6 months pregnant. Not.
We arent' officially living there yet, b/c Comcast has to put our house in it's database or something before we can get service. Ben has to have internet for school. Hopefully THIS week we can actually move our beds and live in our home!!
So glad we've found our home sweet home!