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#1 pinkmint

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:14 PM

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Long story short: WE GOT A HOUSE :hurray: :svengo:

Slightly longer story: I'm not sure where to start. I have to get this out before my 3 year old comes stumbling out from his nap.

I still am having a hard time believing we are first time homeowners. Granted there are more important things in life, I could die tomorrow and not be able to enjoy my "dream come true", it's not some people's idea of a "nice" house, homeownership is hard (I could refresh people's memories about the joys of low-budget renting!) etc etc etc. With our budget (low $100K) and living in a very "hot" real estate market, I was cautiously hopeful. We had been approved for a state, income-limited grant for first time buyers, our tax return was coming and we were hoping for a shot at putting a small down payment on a home of our own. We started looking at houses which were 99 percent in undesirable areas.

Late February a listing came up in a nearby town, next county over, which happens to be a town we felt we could pretty much forget about. It's where a lot of young families are moving, good school district, houses snatched up within hours of being listed with multiple offers etc. Anyway this house was in a shabby (but in a good way, not a drive-by shoorting way) part of town with older, smaller houses. I figured we still had no chance.

Well closing day was one week ago. I felt like I couldn;t talk about it here because I was overwhelmed with the closing process and how they make sure you know anything could go wrong.

I am gleefully putting together a to-do list, and even though I'm recovering from pneumonia (I have no idea how it happened but here I am on "atomic bomb" antibiotics as the doctor called them) I can't want to roll up my sleeves with DH and kids and make that place a home. Move in is later this month. :hurray: I started to be okay with DH and I being early 40's/ late 30's (respectively) and home ownership never happening. Can't help but wonder if that's part of it, but whatever it is, why ever this happened, it's wonderful.

Edited by pinkmint, 06 April 2017 - 05:58 PM.

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#2 lauraw4321

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:20 PM

I'm very happy for you! Will this help you from a tax standpoint?

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:21 PM

:party:

 

Congrats!!!!!



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:21 PM

Oh I am so so happy for you my friend.  That is the best news I've heard all day!  Congrats!



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:22 PM

And I hope you feel better soon! 



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:27 PM

:party: :party: :party:

I am beyond happy for you -- I'm ecstatic! I know how much you wanted a home of your own, and this is such a huge accomplishment! You and your dh should be so proud of yourselves. :hurray:

I loved your description of it being shabby in a good way, not a drive-by shooting kind of way! :lol:

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful news with us!!!
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#7 sgo95

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:28 PM

Yay!  Congratulations!



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:30 PM

Congratulations

#9 Scarlett

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:30 PM

:party: :party: :party:

I am beyond happy for you -- I'm ecstatic! I know how much you wanted a home of your own, and this is such a huge accomplishment! You and your dh should be so proud of yourselves. :hurray:

I loved your description of it being shabby in a good way, not a drive-by shooting kind of way! :lol:

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful news with us!!!

 

 

I liked that description too!  I instantly had a really nice image in my head!  And if the town is good those type of neighborhoods are often being revitalized by new owners. 

 

Btw, I personally MUCH prefer those type of neighborhoods to cookie cutter houses that are all brand new but cheaply built ....I always think 'what will this neighborhood be like in 20 years?'


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:36 PM

Congratulations! May it be a happy home for your family.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:37 PM

aww.. congratulations.  That's wonderful.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:41 PM

So happy for you!  :001_smile:



#13 Arctic Mama

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:41 PM

Oh goodness, YAY! That is fantastic news!

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:45 PM

Seriously, you needed a win so badly. I know how much stress the housing nonsense has caused you over the years here. I wish I could give you a hug and a housewarming gift in person. SO exciting.
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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:45 PM

Congratulations!!

 

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:49 PM

I am smiling from ear to ear for you.  This is such great news!  Happy Home-Making!



#17 Lady Marmalade

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:52 PM

Wow!!  That's such wonderful news!  I hope your house moving and settling is uneventful and full of joy for your family.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:03 PM

Congratulations Pinkmint and hope you feel better soon!



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:18 PM

Congratulations :hurray:  :hurray:  :hurray:



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:24 PM

This is awesome news. So happy for you!! Hope you feel better very soon so you can start on those (never-ending) projects!  :hurray:  :hurray:



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:30 PM

So so so happy for you!!!!!

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:31 PM

I wish we could throw you a housewarming party!
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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:42 PM

Congratulations! That's wonderful!  :hurray:  :001_smile: I kind of prefer "good shabby" to pristine, anyway. It seems more homey and comfy that way.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:46 PM

So, so happy for you, pinkmint! Congratulations! Wish we could have a housewarming party for you!

 

:party:  :party:  :party:

 

ETA: I see texasmom had the same thought about a housewarming party! How awesome would that be?!?  :)


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:51 PM

So, so happy for you, pinkmint! Congratulations! Wish we could have a housewarming party for you!

:party: :party: :party:

ETA: I see texasmom had the same thought about a housewarming party! How awesome would that be?!? :)


Is there such a thing as a virtual housewarming? :)
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#26 SummerDays

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:08 PM

I was just thinking about you today. I'm so happy for you and your family!



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:10 PM

I am so happy for you and your family! Congratulations :party:

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:42 PM

When I went looking for houses, my budget was between 50k-75K and I thought it would never happen.  So I know the feeling and I AM SO STINKIN' EXCITED FOR YOU!!!! :hurray: :hurray: :hurray:



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:47 PM

I'm so excited for you I know this has been weighing on your mind ever since that rental fell through.
Congratulations!

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:48 PM

Yay!  Congratulations!



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:49 PM

How wonderful!

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:03 PM

What an awesome update!  So glad for you!



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:34 PM

I'm so happy for you! How wonderful! Now rest up, get well and enjoy moving in. :-)

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:35 PM

I am just delighted for you! You have really been blessed, and it couldn't have happened to a better person!



#35 MomsintheGarden

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:35 PM

Wonderful!  I hope things will continue improve for your family.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:36 PM

Awesomeness! So happy for you!! :)

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:37 PM

:party:



#38 BlessedMom

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:39 PM

Wonderful news!!!!
I am so happy for you!!
Congrats!!!!

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:57 PM

Congrats!!! So very happy for you, what great news!

Feel better, and please don't overdo it, you'll have time for everything!

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:57 PM

Now that is the very definition of happy update. You guys so deserved a break, congratulations!

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:21 PM

Is there such a thing as a virtual housewarming? :)

 

I'll bet we could make it happen, if pinkmint will let us! I'll PM her and get back to you all. 


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:24 PM

Seriously, you needed a win so badly. I know how much stress the housing nonsense has caused you over the years here. I wish I could give you a hug and a housewarming gift in person. SO exciting.

Can't like this enough!!

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:26 PM

Congratulations!!! I am so incredibly happy for you all.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:31 PM

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you and your family!

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:34 PM

Have fun making it your own. Congratulations!



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:41 PM

Excited & happy for you!  Congratulations!

 



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:42 PM

I am so happy for you! !!! Congrats! !

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:43 PM

:hurray: :hurray: :hurray:



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:59 PM

:hurray:  :hurray:  :hurray:  :hurray:  :hurray:  :hurray:  :hurray:



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:05 PM

Thank you so much, all of you. 

 

I'm so glad to be able to post a positive life update. So many of you have been a help and encouragement. A house is nice, but I must say friends may be an even better "possession" 


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