Mr. G and I have been wondering if it would be a wise choice to purchase a home for a short term period (10 or less years) in order to gain a larger place and also reduce some debt in controlling our monthly rent. Not to mention trying to find a bigger place to rent that was safe/clean/affordable in our area. There are a lot of double occupancy homes with apartments, which is frustrating when you don't want another apartment. I've NEVER considered buying a home or even looking at those for sale, just since it seemed kinda silly with where we were wanting to go in life.
Over the weekend, we went to an open house that was being sold directly from the owners. It was an old house built in 1915. Old houses like these are always a bit strange when the layout is concerned (only bathroom right next to the kitchen sink)
As I walked from room to room, I tried to even think about which room would be who's and so forth. Could the kids still share a room...could we have an office AND a guest room?
The folks seemed nice and oddly encouraged our daughter to enjoy the cookies on the bar table, even after we second guessed their permission. (They would later complain to us about the mess of crumbs upstairs on the follow up phone call)
This is where my ADHD can come in handy. I pay 100% attention to 100% of the stupid stuff. If cabinet drawer handles are not installed at the same height of each other, I'll notice it. I've had friends flip houses before and the place we rent now was even a flip that never sold. A good portion of the time, when a house is flipped, corners are cut in order to preserve any potential profit. Or workmanship is shoddy, only for the new owners to get stuck fixing it after the ink has had time to dry on the mortgage docs.
I can see why it is best for the owners to not be around during an open house. It hadn't occurred to me until the very end that this had been a nearly year long project flip. Any comments you made are taken personal and then you see a mean side come out. Mr. G had to hang up on the sellers today after they went on and on complaining about us and that we "scared" off a potential buyer who had cash in hand.
After we left, I didn't get a good vibe about this house. They seemed a bit pushy in saying we'd have to be crazy not to buy this house, as if it was casually buying a used car. If these minor things I kept noticing were to be added up...what does this mean in the bigger picture that we might not know. Buying a house is a BIG deal, especially for where we are in life and want to head.
Lord, please reveal some of your plan for our lives and guide us in the right direction. Oh and that we will be paying attention when you do, lol. We are trying very hard to live within our means, but the desire for more space only grows. I can only convert so many closets into extra space ya know ;) Amen