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Waiting game

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Amusingly, meeting with the realtor last night to make an offer?  It wasn’t me who ended up with cold feet.

David’s sitting on the contract, waiting for our Lender to get back to us and answer a couple last minute questions before signing anything and forwarding it on.

Not that I blame him at all.  As I’ve commented several times in the past, this entire process involves quite a lot of zeroes, and we’re definitely wanting to play it cautious…  It just amuses me, since we thought going into the meeting last night that we’d gotten everything set on our end.

(But then, that’s one of the things we love about our Realtor…  Answers our questions fully, suggests more questions we didn’t even think to consider, and has a lot of patience with our tendency to take a few steps back and think.)

So, it’s the waiting game.  I think I’ve tipped over my maximum stress level because I’m just at the blank stage now.  I’m certain that will change if  our offer ends up accepted, but for now, it’s kinda nice just being too tired to stress.

“The One?”

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Been really busy the past few weeks with house stuff.  Today is the big day when we’re taking a look at places with David’s father (his parents were supposed to come down over the weekend to view houses, but Snowpocalypse 2.0 canceled that)

And we definitely have a favorite.  After looking around, we keep coming back to 12th Street.  We’ve not seen it in daylight (until today) so we’re still somewhat skeptical.

Then I guess the big question is whether or not we move forward, or we keep waiting for something better?  I don’t know.

I’m ready for this search to be over.  The entire house thing has had me stressed and anxious.

Realtor Recap

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So, yesterday we finally had our first meeting with the realtor.  We came with three lists:  the first was general questions, the second was a list of general things we like and hate, and a third was a list of listings.

And things are now moving crazy-fast.  Tuesday and Friday evening are going to be filled with looking at houses.  I guess…  I was just expecting it to take a bit longer.  I don’t know.  >.<

I mean, it’s not *really* moving fast.  We’re just moving beyond the window-shopping phase.  And just because we’re now officially looking doesn’t mean we’re going to be moving next week.  (And can I just say how much I’m looking forward to moving?  blah!)

Necessary, I know.  It’s going to happen.  David is totally having to take the lead in this (he’s the one pushing it in general) because I’m in anxiety-mode and wanting to hermit up.

Change is scary, mkay?  And house has a lot of zeroes.

House list update

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Speaking to the lender this week to get our final budget.  Talking to the realtor on Sunday.  *nervous chewing of fingernails*

Also, can I say THANK GOD THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER?  I think I can.

Ahem, but current list.

Rosa Terrace
Orangedale
12th Street
Woodlands
Cling Ln
Moseley

We’ve done drivebys of all of the above, and there are definite concerns for several, primarily in regards to parking.  Also, all this is still tentative and guesstimatey, since we don’t have a final word on our budget.  We may need to drop some, we may add some.  We’ll figure things out this week.

Did I mention nervous?

New batch of house-stuff

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Again, most of this is for my reference…  Feel free to skip.

In our last episode:

The Favorites

Woodmont Duplex – Not terribly surprising.  This was a favorite going in, and seeing it didn’t change our minds at all.  The location is good, it’s not a bad neighborhood to get into our out of, just traffic wise.  Also, neighborhood is good, area is nice, we’d be near a good grocery store, etc.  Lots of things going for it.

12th Street – This has the advantage of being less than a mile from where we are now.  We wouldn’t be changing any of our habits for shopping, etc…  Still very close commute to David’s job.  Space makes us a bit nervous, as the street it’s on is very narrow, and there’s not a lot of room for parking.

Cling Ln – A surprising favorite.  Crozet is a 20 minute drive to David’s work to the west, and as we were driving into Crozet proper, it looked kinda…  sketchy.  But the neighborhood is nice, the house is *adorable* and it’s got a lot of the things we really like.  Downsides being the price being a bit higher than we want, so it would be depending on the seller accepting a lower offer, as well as the fact we’d need to do things like shop in Charlottesville.  (Sorry, Crozet ValU-Mart, you’re not where I want to do the majority of my grocery shopping..)

New To-View

Woodlands Rd – Mostly to take a look at.  It’s cute, it’s a bit out of town, and we’re both bummed there’s no interior pics.

Orangedale – Need to see mainly for the neighborhood.  It’s very near our last house, and the neighborhood could either be shady or fine…  we don’t know enough to tell just by google maps.

Rosa Terrace – THIS has a major dose of the cutes.  It’s tiny, and would definitively only be a starter home, but the neighborhood is one of the better ones in the downtown area, mainly filled with people in our situation and retired empty nesters.  And there’s just something so inviting about the awesome garden and the HOUSE FULL OF BOOKS.

Main St Scottsville – The one thing that would convince David to take 30+ min to his commute…  a 35 min commute for a house with a NAME and on the historic registry.

Results of drive-by

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We didn’t end up going by everything.  There was a couple times we missed a turn, and there was enough on our list of things to do that we just let it slide.  There were some surprises, and some that we realized wouldn’t work for us, so on the whole it was a very productive trip.

The Favorites

Woodmont Duplex – Not terribly surprising.  This was a favorite going in, and seeing it didn’t change our minds at all.  The location is good, it’s not a bad neighborhood to get into our out of, just traffic wise.  Also, neighborhood is good, area is nice, we’d be near a good grocery store, etc.  Lots of things going for it.

12th Street – This has the advantage of being less than a mile from where we are now.  We wouldn’t be changing any of our habits for shopping, etc…  Still very close commute to David’s job.  Space makes us a bit nervous, as the street it’s on is very narrow, and there’s not a lot of room for parking.

Cling Ln – A surprising favorite.  Crozet is a 20 minute drive to David’s work to the west, and as we were driving into Crozet proper, it looked kinda…  sketchy.  But the neighborhood is nice, the house is *adorable* and it’s got a lot of the things we really like.  Downsides being the price being a bit higher than we want, so it would be depending on the seller accepting a lower offer, as well as the fact we’d need to do things like shop in Charlottesville.  (Sorry, Crozet ValU-Mart, you’re not where I want to do the majority of my grocery shopping..)

The Vetos

Salisbury, Whitcover –  These are both in the same neighborhood, and share the same problem: parking.  Apartment-style 2-assigned-spaces.  No sign of space for extras for guests, etc.  We’re not certain if we’re going to continue rooming with Judy, but this neighborhood pretty much would disallow it.  Also, the fact that they’re fully attached in rows upon rows make it feel like living in a rabbit warren.  I’m a much stronger no on this than David.

Dogleg – This is David’s veto, as well as partially the reason we went on the jaunt.  Lake Monticello is going to be a 30 minute commute in the best circumstances, and 40+ is more likely.  Even though it’s the place we could get the biggest bang for our buck, David’s not willing to make the commute.  Unlike the house in Crozet, which might go up to 25 minutes during bad weather and heavy traffic, this will regularly top his 30 min commute limit.

Did not Visit

Whitney, Whitney – Both potentially outside of the commute limit, made worse by the fact that it requires 29.

Southampton, Clifden – Missed the turn

Meh

Albert – Nothing special, one way or the other.  Mostly forgettable in either direction.

Pepper – Like Albert, fairly forgettable.  Very near our former house, so we’re familiar with the area (and the fact we’d be driving across town to shop).  David’s very firmly against the whole “all the mailboxes are on the corner a block and a half away” thing, but not veto-worthy.

“Interested list” 12/11/09

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Going to start keeping a list on this blog to keep track of the places we want to see, as well as any notes as we actually see them or they go off the market.

Apologies to people not interested, feel free to comment or skip >.>

To drive-by 12/12:

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