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For you rosy peeps that receive some personalized inspiration from CUR in your inbox every Sunday evening (if you don’t get it, you need to! Sign yo’self up right here.), you know already that something happened this weekend. And now I’m late. I’m late, because I didn’t post yesterday like I typically do on any other Monday. I had a whole other post planned on the ol’ editorial calendar, but as I said in the CUR newsbreak – sometimes you’re going to get slapped with the unexpected. I had made a little vow to myself to get more personal with you, especially since I always want Coming Up Roses to feel like your best friend in a blog. Best friends talk about all the things, so let’s talk. But before I dive into all that jazz, I’m gonna backup for a hot sec.
If you’re a newbie around these rosy parts (WELCOME!), you might not know the following:
- I’m engaged, planning a fall 2016 wedding.
- I’m an RA for college freshmen.
- I’m currently in my senior spring semester at the Wharton School at UPenn.
- I’m about to launch a biz.
I’ve been planning a wedding and launching a business while finishing school, and now there’s another thing to add to that list: buying a house. Say whaaaaa?
J and I knew absolute diddly squat about the housing market before we realized we needed to figure out a plan for when his apartment lease is up and I’m ready to graduate from school and move in. We also knew (or thought we knew) that there was no way José that we’d be able to afford a HOUSE right outta the gate. But God was lookin’ out, because something had looked like a done deal with one of J’s connections, and we were thinking we had our very own house come April.
But God is ALWAYS lookin’ out.
This past weekend, J and I went again to visit the house, this time with my parents.
And it was a disappointment.
It was a disappointment, because we discovered likely thousands of dollars of repair-work needed (it’s a house from the 1880’s, so it’s OLD), and we realized that the asking price was far less attractive when we took into consideration all of the immediate work. We realized that having a fixer-upper starter home was just not a smart move for us. Not only are neither of us very handy (yet), but that’s just so expensive! The big picture didn’t make sense, and it stung.
That was Sunday.
We headed back to the apartment with my rents feeling kindof hopeless. We were just overwhelmed at the situation, and having a strict timeline on things made it even worse for two people who know nothing about houses. I mean, it’s not like buying handbags or shoes here people!
But God is ALWAYS lookin’ out.
Sunday night, J and I figured we’d better dive in headfirst and start doing some serious research on where to live. Apartment? Townhome? Row home? House? There are so many choices, it can get seriously overwhelming! So we just figured we’d take a leap and get started. Because sometimes, just starting is the most important first step.
After hours of research, we had found a list of places we want to check out in person, and we thought we had a pretty good idea of what we want generally-speaking. But steps after that? Not a clue. So between then and all day yesterday, J was doing even more research and ended up booking an agent to help us figure things out; by the end of last night, our list had doubled, and we’re hopeful that we’ll get to start touring places this weekend.
So my newsbreak came out a few hours late and my Monday post got delayed, but now we’ve got a few houses lined up to visit this weekend in a 7-8 hour window and a realtor who really has got her you-know-what together.
God is always lookin’ out.
And that’s why I’m late.
Have you shopped for houses before? What tips do you have?
I want to keep you guys all in on the process (if you’re interested, of course), so follow along with everyday happenings on Instagram and Snapchat (erica_lig). I DO have some hella fun home decor projects in the works for la futura, so brace yo’selves and come along for the ride!