What a New House Isn't Worth To Us

Monday, February 9, 2015

Many of you have been following us on our New Home Search adventure. Mostly in the form of texts and conversations answering a million questions and giving countless opinions (it feels like we have never done this before even though we have just 3 years ago!)

So for those of you who have been following here is an update and those who have not, it goes a little something like this:

We have been looking at houses for months. The market here in North Texas is completely crazy! More on that momentarily. We are primarily looking to move for better school districts and a bit more functional sq. footage. Right now we have just shy of 2200 sq. ft. That's not a problem, the layout, however, poses challenges for accomadating our at home working needs and a place for all of the ever-growing amount of kids toys that we house.

Finding the right house for us seems to me nearly impossible. We are quite picky for one, and secondly we are not DYIers. Meaning we want to move in, have the best, and not have to do it ourselves. Is that too much to ask?? Haha in DFW's hot market, the answer we have found is, YES!

For those of you out of state let me put this in perspective for you:

Example 1: a house posted on the MLS at 10:40 pm on a Thursday night. I contacted the listing agent via email at 11:15 pm same night and we had an appointment scheduled to see the house (without even pictures being posted online yet) for 7:00 pm the following day. After seeing that house that evening, there were already 5 offers on the table. That's less than 24 hours people!

Example 2: a house posted on the MLS at 7:15 am Saturday morning. I contacted the listing agent by phone at 11:00am same day, and had an appointment with our realtor to see the house at 3:15pm that afternoon. After seeing the house, and making an offer 10K OVER asking price, we were told there were other offers and we weren't even in the ballgame offer wise. That's less than 12 hours folks!!

Nuts! It's simply ridiculous how hard it is to buy in North Dallas right now! We even had to get pre approved to own both our house and the new house at the same time because no homeowner is going to accept a contingent offer in this market and we can't risk listing our house and it selling in one day, and us not having a place to live!  

Needless to say, through all of this, we have come to the conclusion that the only way for us to find a new house is to build one. 

Building here is a whole different type of crazy! These new builds are being sold at rediculous prices. Sure, you get something shiny and new, but the sky high price tags are yet another indication of our thriving and growing little community. With Toyota moving its corporate head quarters here, relocating over 4,000 jobs to North Texas... Someone will pay the price. So they keep selling.

After lots of looking, last Sunday we signed an agreement to build, yay! We filled out the paperwork and paid our deposit to get everything going. We both left with nervous feelings in our stomach, thinking they would turn to excitement with time. As of the following morning, they had not. We both knew what we needed to do.

Ryan went and picked up our money, and canceled our agreement to build. We both immediately felt a sense of relief. Something that should have been fun and exciting was going to be a burden that neither of us was willing to carry.

In the week following our change of heart, we have stopped refreshing the MLS. We are done spending our entire weekends trudging through model homes, and running to the next showing.

So where do we sit now?

Right here. On Buckskin. Still in the house with the blue door. In the place we got engaged at. The house we came home to as a married couple, the place that became a haven for our rescued dog, Ewok, the home we brought Hudson back to. We have decided to put all of that time and energy into loving what we already have. Sure, we have a laundry list of things we want to upgrade:

New cabinets
Paint the house
New fence

But what we do have is nice too. We have hardwood floors. We have stainless steel appliances and granite counters through out. We have front loading washers and dryers. We have a driveway gate that allows for hours of 'roof ball' fun, with no fear of danger from cars. We have approx. 535 sq. feet to our individual selves (that's almost as much as my first apartment!) 

We have amazing neighbors that we can truly call 'friends'. The kind that let you borrow electric hedge trimmers, teach your husband how to properly trim a tree, help calm you down and treat headlice when your child brings it home. The kind that every family wishes they had! We are zoned in a school district that many people in other parts of the country would kill to have their children sent to, we don't have to fear for our safety. We have quick access to an excessive amount of shopping and dinning. We have quicker commutes, allowing Ryan to make soccer practice and karate after work. We have a house full of love and happy children, but perhaps one of the most rewarding things is that we have freedom!

We have freedom from financial burdens and stress. We have the freedom to take the trips to Italy, Disneyland, Yosemite, Colorado, Florida, Boston, and more. 
We have the freedom to take the kids to Disney on Ice, and the Circus, and Build A Bear, and to Baseball games, and whatever else arises to experience. We have the freedom to drive nice cars, and take care of them. The freedom for me to stay home if our lives ever lead to that. The freedom for Ryan to have season tickets to football games, and us to go on cruises and dates! Because of our decision to stay, we give ourselves a choice to spend money on the things we love and enjoy VS. our money spending itself every month. 

We have heard countless stories of people stretching the budget for the house with more space. Some think it's worth it in the end and others have said they wish they hadn't.

 As for us- these reasons are what a new house simply isn't worth to us. 


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