Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Local Economy Is Looking Up

I haven't written about OUR house, because I didn't want to jinx the sale. But what the heck? I can't hold it in any longer!

We are buying a house. For real this time. But let me tell this in an actual story format with a timeline and chronological order. My, how fancy!

In my last entry, I mentioned that we had tried to purchase a home only to be rebuffed by the current owners who have yet to realize they are trying to sell a house during a recession and no one is going to pay the price they are asking. So we had moved on.

However, the house we thought we were going to like was a bust. And the next house was even worse. So R and I were in the car on the way to the third house and were discussing that we have plenty of time. We shouldn't rush into this. Lots of houses will hit the market around March. We can wait for the perfect house, and that might be for the best, blah blah blah.

Then we went into the third house and the skies opened up and angels sang. It. Was. Perfect.
Okay, that's a lie. There is no such thing (within our price range). But it was damn close. So close, that on our way to the next house all we could talk about was putting an offer in on it because it was SO awesome! The view! The location! The counter tops! The DAYLIGHT BASEMENT!

And because I we had been closely obsessing over watching the housing market for almost two years a while, we knew this house wouldn't stay on the market long. So that night we put in an offer on a house that had only been on the market a handful of days.

The offer wasn't much lower that they were asking because it had just gone up for sale. They countered. We were in the midst of countering back (to land right where we were aiming for the whole time) AND THEN their realtor told our realtor that a couple had just viewed the house for a THIRD time! We briefly PANICKED and then agreed to everything in the sellers' counter offer to avoid a bidding war (which, by the way, is almost the same price as that first house only there is MORE house for the same $$).

The moral of this story? Act on impulse. Ha. I'm kidding (not really).

R and I know how bad that couple must feel to have a house scooped out from under them (suckers!).

Which is what set us up for this next bit of karma. Our jeep, which we've been waiting patiently for while it is being repaired, cannot be fixed. It was totalled. We were given a fair amount of money and very few options, because the money we received was not enough to get a vehicle that was in pristine condition to replace our absolutely perfect, low mileage, owned outright jeep. Thus, we now have our dream vehicle (it's a Subaru Forester because our dreams are fairly realistic and limited by good gas mileage and safety tests) and a hefty car payment to go along with our new house payment. Hurrah!

And that is how our household single handedly fixed our town's economy.

P.S. Wow, there are a lot of conjunctions in that story! But I'm leaving them in there for you, because you mean that much to me.

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