We bought a house!!!
That's right! I matched two and a half weeks ago, and now we have a house.
The speed at which everything is happening is nearly boggling.
Keith and I flew out to Iowa City over the weekends and stayed with a friend from medical school (Thanks so much you guys!).
Knowing that you have a small budget and only two days to find a house is just a little nerve-wracking. I was an emotional basket-case nearly the entire weekend.
At first, it wasn't looking good. What we could afford, we didn't like. Or it was too far away from the university. Or it was in a bad school district. Or it didn't have a yard. Or it needed too much work. I wasn't going to budge on the school district issue. I felt we had to be in a great school area for Roman and Blaise. Keith wasn't going to budge on the amount of work to be done (like, rebuilding half the house.) The first night after house hunting, we almost had our first fight. Almost.
The next day, I was looking at listings in the morning. I wrote several down.
Then we went and re-looked at several of the homes we had liked from the first day. Then I asked the real estate agent if we could look at some from my list.
The very last one on my list, the one I had written down while I was being shoo-ed out the door. That's our house.
And we got it with our first offer. No counter-offer or anything!!
Okay, the house needs a little work. Think "vision." (Or like Keith says, "Project.")
But seriously, this house is perfect for us. There's enough space, it has a yard, it is right next door to one of the best elementary schools in Iowa City, and it is in a gorgeous neighborhood just two miles from the university.
Already, we've starting planning what changes need to happen (immediately: paint, carpet, and lighting; later: siding, windows, basement).
I am so excited!! Let the home-owner adventure begin!