Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Property Virgin

Like I stated in my post yesterday, I am in the process of trying to find a home of my own. This is a lot of work and I knew that going into it. I am still learning the ropes and all the technical jargon involved and trying to take my time. I know what I want and I most definitely know what I don't want! I have been addicted to HGTV in the past few weeks. One of my favorite shows is Property Virgin, where first time home-buyers are helped with the adventures of finding their first home.

Buying a home on your own, for the first time can be quite overwhelmed, and that is probably the understatement of the year. I definitely felt the side-effects of that yesterday. Let's just say my frustrations got the best of me and I ended up forwarding an email from my realtor on to my parents and sister, adding my own comments and questions, possibly looking for any advice they had. I couldn't have a better support group! Haha! Dad shot back a quit email calming me down, Sistah sent me an excel spreadsheet of my budget that I can play around with (yes, she is an accountant), and Mom called me later that night asking if I was okay. Love it!

This is just the beginning! Hopefully it won't be as bad as some of the horror stories I have heard!

26 comments:

Makita said...

How exciting to be buying your own home! I remember how aggravating it was (even buying our 2nd) and I wasn't alone! It sounds as though you have a great perspective (taking it slow) and a wonderful support system. :D

Can't wait to see pics of the places you consider and ultimately, the house that will become your home. :D

Wes said...

I can't imagine anyone being a smarter first time home buyer!!! You will do awesome!!

Kevin said...

It sounds like you have things well planned out. You will be fine. Happy house hunting!

robtherunner said...

Good luck with the house shopping. It sounds like you have a good plan of action in place and support around you to help out.

Marcy said...

Oooooooooooo good luck house shopping. You're well on your way to home ownership! I'm sure you'll do GREAT!! ;D

Blaine and Steph said...

I hope you see some great houses today!!! Let me know how it goes afterwards!

akshaye said...

Sounds like you got plenty of backup! I am so excited for you.

Stef said...

I am excited for you too even though there is some stress right now.

You will find it!

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

Very exciting! I hope you find exactly what you are looking for...and make sure it has room for a lot of bookshelves.

Nat said...

Very fun! I know how stressful it can't be. I bought my own place three years ago by myself but go with your guy and you'll be fine...oh and try to enjoy the process!

Ms. V. said...

It's a buyer's market! Good luck!

Molly said...

Have fun!
The first time I looked at houses was with S and our priorities were SO different. It made me wish that I had bought a house of my own...mine, all mine!
I might live vicariously throught you in the coming months!
Take care

J~Mom said...

I totally love that show!!! Have fun house shopping!

Ms. Math said...

I love HGTV and Property Virgins!! Try to enjoy the ride despite all the frustrations!

Jess said...

At least you're buying during a buyers market, and you can take your sweet time looking and thinking about it. When we bought our place, it was a frenzy and I felt so rushed by our decision. In restrospect, I wish we had taken a step back and rented for a few more years.

So take your time. That's my best advice.

Nicole said...

Good luck. Take your time and don't cave to the pressure of your agent.

Steve Stenzel said...

Good luck finding your house!!!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh very cool, it is definitely a buyers market. I've owned since 1 yr out of college and I've never regretted that early advice to get into something. This is so exciting!

Lily on the Road said...

Good for you, always good to have tangible assets.

Nice too that the family are supporting you with their wisdom.

I just know you'll make the best decision ever!

D10 said...

Good luck and just enjoy the hunt. You'll know the right house for you when you walk in it.

Anne said...

I watch that show all the time, though I'm more tuned into House Hunters, maybe because it's just on a lot more. Anyway, congratulations on taking such a big step. I don't know about real estate way up where you live, but right now is a great time to find bargains. Looking forward to hearing more!

RunnerGirl said...

Good luck with the house hunting :)

Firefly's Running said...

Take your time and be very, very picky when you look at houses. You will be living in the house for quite a while. You are in the right market to be picky especially with the price.

Viv said...

U got some supportive family. We could have not done our first home without my parents. Good luck with the house hunting. I do love me some HGTV, great tips.

Danielle said...

Just remember this is a big inestment and there are no dumb questions. Also this is the market to buy in!! If you have a good realtor and mortgage broker it will be a piece of cake!

Runner Leana said...

Good luck with the house hunting. It is definitely a daunting process and there is nothing as scary as signing the papers at the lawyer's office just before closing. It sounds like you are being really smart about it, so good luck finding the perfect place!