We bought our beloved first home in Silver Spring back at the height of the 2004 market. We got lucky. Several of our friends had looked for months and had lost out on many homes due to bidding wars. While we did look for months, when we finally found a house we loved, we put in our first offer and got it. It had very little curb appeal, but the bones were there. Between Jeremy being an architect and amazing space planner and me being… well… hmm… (I guess it’s time I let the cat out of the bag. Jeremy is the designer. We chose things for that house together, but he had the vision much more than I did.) Over the years WE made that house our home, and it was wonderful.
Now we’re looking to do it all over again. It is very exciting to me because it’s a chance to change things up. My design aesthetics have changed over the years, and I’m eager to
design help Jeremy design our new house. First, though, we need to find a house. That’s been the crux of the problem. It is definitely a seller’s market here in Rhode Island. So many buyers and not enough inventory. As a realtor and a consumer, I’m seeing it first hand. Homes are selling quickly if they are priced right and have the right bones. That’s all we need – good bones… at the right price, of course!
We started a very general search back in January knowing that the real search wouldn’t need to start until March or April. We just wanted to see what was out there and get in a few houses. One day we stumbled upon an open house, and I actually fell in love with it. It wasn’t what we were looking for at first, but it felt good, and we knew we could be comfortable in it for a long time. It took us 24 hours to decide that we wanted to put in an offer. Most of our hesitation was that it was way too early. Our lease isn’t up until July 1st, and the sellers of this house could have closed very quickly. We crunched the numbers and determined that it was still worth a shot. Sadly, we were just 12 hours too late. Another offer had already been submitted and accepted. Womp Womp. Since then I’ve had a hard time getting that house out of my head. It had a lot of space, and was in a good neighborhood. The curb appeal was good, and the price was right. And since then… Zip. Nada. Nothing!
Ok, that’s not fair. There is stuff on the market – even in our price range. But it’s either in the wrong location or too small or too ugly (with no hope of salvation!) So we’re just waiting. Impatiently I might add. We’re ready to put down roots. We’re ready to be out of our rental. We’re ready to start making friends. We’re ready to renovate and decorate. We’re just ready. Owning a house is like a hobby to us. An expensive one, but a hobby nonetheless!
We have hope that April will bring more homes on the market. Considering the area we’re looking in is one of the top two school districts in the state, most people are probably waiting until closer to the end of the school year to put their home on the market. At least that is what I am hoping for. Until then, we’ll keep trolling open houses, keeping our eye on some of the not-so-great ones (that could be great for the right price!), and trying to be patient. The house hunt continues….