Over the last month and a half we embarked on the journey of finding a house. When we decided to move to Atlanta nearly 2 years ago, we had this goal in mind. Moving to Atlanta from New York City would make this goal attainable, and a lot easier. The housing is more affordable, and you definitely get a lot more for your money. We had to wait it out a while though, because since the housing crisis, banks have been a little bit more careful who they provide secured loans to. Many things are factored in, but ‘steady’ employment was the main issue in our case, and the only thing that could solve that was time. I have been at my current job for around 10 months, and Andres at his for about a year, so time was finally on our side. The process didn’t end up being as difficult as I imagined, though. We found a great Realtor (Paula Kellum) who was recommended by a friend, spent a few weekends looking at homes, and after looking at around 10 places we found ‘the one’. A brand new construction, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, hardwood floors, granite counter-tops, a big kitchen….it met all of my requirements, and Andres felt the same as well! Originally we wanted a stand alone home, but this is a townhome, and we ended up liking the feel of it better. Plus, with a small yard there is not much upkeep…and we don’t even have to do it! Score!
Anyway, after probably a record closing time (they accepted our offer on March 7th, and we closed on April 6th) of 30 days, we signed the papers on Friday, and moved in on Saturday! The house is a total blank canvas, and while I am super excited to decorate it and make it our own, it is also a little daunting….there is so much to do! We finally have all of our stuff moved in, and are mostly unpacked, but we still need a lot of new furniture, decor, and things. We will be turning the 3rd bedroom into a guestroom/playroom for Austin (finally all of his toys won’t be in the living room!!!), so we pretty much need everything to put that room together. I also really want to get new living room furniture, because the pieces we have don’t fit well, and they are too big (in fact everything in our living room is too, too big…except our TV). It is definitely going to be a long process, but it is exciting!
Come, take a tour of our new house!!
That’s it! Stay tuned for more house posts in the very near future!