Buying Our Dream Home

Most people go into the home buying process, with the idea of what they want and/need where and how they are financing such a large purchase and most likely have some money saved….

Que Justin and I..

We have been together going on 4 years and engaged one year. We are both from small towns in the Panhandle of Florida. Over the last year or so we have talked about buying land, building etc and have even looked at one property and reached out to a friend of mine in the real estate business. But ultimately we just talked big and looked online and or a day or so and then it would be months before we brought it up again. We were currently living in a rental in Alabama about 45 mins from home paying 1250.00 a month. We went back and fourth about moving back home or staying in Alabama.

We knew that we wanted to at least be in Alabama until Shay graduated. So that meant continuing to pay high rent in a house that wasn’t really worth it, not to mention the “wonderful” landlord or to move AGAIN. Neither of those sounded like a winning combination. Justin was the main hold out on buying. He wanted to desperately  move back home and I wanted desperately  to stay in central location that made commuting to school and work as easy as possible.

Overall what made him see my view was our son’s education. And just like that we decided to buy a house in Alabama.

It all happened so fast, Monday we decided to buy a house and by Wednesday I had a real-estate agent and mortgage broker. What we did not have was any savings and a little debt. I looked at several houses while Justin was gone and of course found my dream home and Justin said no. When he finally came home we looked at 4 houses and picked the one we bought. It was not my perfect dream house and didn’t even have enough bedrooms but what it did have was the location and the pool.

Call me what ever you need to, I know my husband did when I refused to buy a house without a pool. Here in South Alabama it gets crazy hot so I knew that we would definitely get plenty of use out of it. I have to say it is the best marriage argument I have one to this date. Even my husband who was so against it swims in it more than I do.