The Hunt for a House!

We had our first trip looking at houses on Friday, and we had SO much fun with it! We looked at 6 houses, and all of them but ONE were over 50 years old, our favorite was built in 1937!!! For all you in Arizona, when we say it’s an old house.. it’s rrreeaallyy old… not 10 years old!

We saw 6 houses, and you may think that’s too many but 3 of them were the house that when you walk in, you can basically walk right back out. The other 3 were potentials at the time, and now only 1 is a potential. The first house we saw I really liked. It had SO much space, a great yard, and was in great condition… the catch with that house is the layout baffled us! It was so strange, and not exactly what we were looking for. The second house was so cute. It is a great house and only 6 years old, which is CRAZY. The downfall of the house (even with over 2,000 sq ft) is it felt really tight. The master bedroom would fit our bed, and that it; the playroom is the basement and I don’t like that, and the washer/dryer are in the basement…yuck. So we basically have scratched those two off the list, which leaves us with one more house. This house is in the back roadsΒ of Bethel about 1/4 mile from downtown. It has almost an acre surrounding the house which is FANTASTIC for children, and is just so cute! The catch is, it’s a foreclosure that’s been on the market for a year now. BAHHHH! We never ever ever saw ourselves purchasing a house that was basically abandoned and fixing it up, but the minute we walked in the house we were both in love! We are going to do our due diligence and make sure that there aren’t any HUGE problems with it, and we don’t love it so much that we’re naming a price today but, we are looking into the possibility of the house. Here’s a little snapshot of the potential home in our future…

We will continue to look and I will continue to keep you updated…but for now, I’d love ANY ADVICE you may have for us as we continue our house shopping. Thanks!


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8 Responses to The Hunt for a House!

  1. Rose says:

    Hi! I see you are looking in Bethel. We looked at so many houses and after so many you can walk out of right after walking in (like you said lol) it began to get discouraging. I actually started goingon my own andonly bringing Dave back if it was worth it. We ended up buying a house that was three years old and it was a forclosure. Im down there almost four days a week so we should get together over coffee and chat or take the kids to the park πŸ™‚ give me a call if you want to hear how forclosure went for us. Good luck!

  2. Olivia says:

    Tanya, I don’t know if you had a house in AZ, but if you didn’t, most states have first time home buyer programs that provide loans/discounts etc. Matt and I would not have been able to get a house probably for 10 or so more years if it wasn’t for the program we found (the one we got, is probably 40% cheaper than if we had bought it off the market without the assistance of this program…and it’s not even 1,000 square feet, but somehow it works :). That being said, with the government/budget situation the way it is , lots of programs have their funding cut, but it is worth looking! You usually have to be income qualified but the limits may be higher than you think – especially since you guys have a baby.

    • Tanya says:

      Olivia- Thanks for posting in the blog! This way I have it here and won’t have to search for the comment on Facebook! Casey and I will definately look into th epossibility of the assistance programs, we haven’t even thought of it! Hope you are feeling well!

  3. Jess Provost says:

    Very exciting πŸ™‚ We bought a 1927 house in q short sale (just before a foreclosure) and it was the best decision! It’s a lot of waiting, months! But it allowed us to get a house we normally opulent have been able to afford. Old houses are wonderful, but have a huge share of problems, some livable others just plain annoying! In the inspection, make sure the roof, foundation, furnace, electricity and chimney are in good condition. Ask about basement flooding, old houses aren’t always sealed properly. Don’t be afraid of it, just be prepared and make sure you’re willing to put in the work! It’s so awesome to accomplish things in the house and turn it into something beautiful πŸ™‚ Sorry so long… best of luck!

  4. Ashleigh Allen says:

    So exciting! I don’t have any advice because, well, I’ve never bought a house! Haha, but I’m excited for you and I’ll be praying that you guys find one that will fit your family just right. πŸ™‚ Love you!

  5. Julie Schlaiss says:

    Like someone else said…owning a house is a lot of work. I swear we find new problems weekly, but you gotta decide whats worth the hassle of fixing and whats just an eye sore to you that nobody else notices πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see you guys make the house your own. Thats the best part! My advice which really is worthless advice so don’t listen: I wish our master bath had an awesome tub. That way I could relax there and hang a pretty chandelier to make it my own. With that being said most people I talk to that have an awesome tub only use it once a year or so. What a waste!! Haha love you & miss you!

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