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Last spring, when we announced that we were buying our first house, our family and friends were bewildered. They had no idea we’d even been looking, and yet we were going to be closing on a new house less than three weeks after we first found the place we wanted to make our home.
But we’d literally been looking at houses for four years. We’d moved around a lot in the course of our marriage and had finally found the area we wanted to make home, although we continued to rent because we only wanted to buy when we knew we’d be moving into a house where we’d want to stay for many years.
So, we’d had years of discussions about what we wanted in a house; years of compromising between my tastes and my husband’s until we had a concise list of what we were looking for: a home built in the last five years, 3 to 4 bedrooms, at least 2.5 bathrooms(a powder room for guests and no possible way I’d have to share a bathroom with our three boys), some sort of bonus room we could use as an office/family room, and an open floor plan. It had to have a big backyard (bonus points if it was fenced in, but that wasn’t a breaking point) and be in the very limited elementary school district where our boys already went to school. AND it had to be in our price range.
Over the years, we found some houses that came close, but weren’t quite what we were looking for. But when we walked into the right house, we just knew. It had everything that we wanted, plus a sunroom where I immediately envisioned a reading area for me with big comfy chairs.
The backyard wasn’t fenced in, but it was large and we could always put up a fence later. The house was brand new, in the back of a quiet cul-de-sac, and a one minute drive to our boys’ school.
We wasted no time putting in an offer and were moving in just a few weeks later. I’m thrilled that we’ve finally found our home.
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Our homebuying moment might have come quickly after we found our house, but it was a long process. If you are looking to move, Trulia makes it easy to find a home, a neighborhood and a real estate agent. The home-buying process can be an emotional roller coaster, a gauntlet of unknowns – what can I afford? Is it the right house? Is it a good neighborhood? What’s the best kind of mortgage?
You probably don’t want to spend years researching this info, the way we did. Trulia provides homebuyers with information – on neighborhoods, schools, crime, local amenities, agents, and financing – so you can answer those questions with confidence.