I have officially started the house hunt. I have already picked through several dozen houses online and physically visited 11.
Last night I found one I like! It is a little farther out from work than I had hoped but, in reality, my budget sort of prices me out of my most desired neighborhoods. Still my commute should be under 20 minutes, which is quite acceptable. I’m just spoiled by living seven minutes from campus these past three years. It has well preserved hardwood floors and wood-work trim on the main level and a very grand staircase with a solid wood banister. The home is a little outdated color and interior design wise, but everything appears to be in good shape. It comes with all the standard appliances; washer, dryer, fridge, dishwasher, stove. The bathroom is a little small, but it has a charming claw-foot tub. And there is a lovely little fenced in yard with what looks like a new deck and a partial view of the harbor down the hill. In short, it has everything I need and many of the things I want.
My realtor is going to put together an offer today.
If the sellers accept the offer, I will order an inspection.
If the inspection goes well, we will settle on a closing date and my financing will go to underwriting. I have been told I am “pre-qualified” so now I have to cross my fingers and hope that nothing unexpected gets between me and my potential future home.
I will write more when I know more.
Please send any good wishes you can spare my way.