House Hunters Winternational

12:21 PM

I've been away from you guys for way too long, and I know it. I've been itching to write and tell you allllll about my life, which hasn't been too out of the ordinary these past few weeks, but noteworthy in at least the smallest amount.

[By the way, have you checked out my recent Awesome Mitten post? Click here to join me on a weekend stroll through Detroit. :) ]

Anyway. As I was saying.

Remember when I told you guys about that house Brad and I put an offer on? Well, it's no more, sadly. I mean, the house is still there, but the offer/contract/whatever was on all that paperwork has evaporated. Long story short: we had the inspection, there was a lot of repair work to be done (and a lot of money to be spent), we put in a counter-offer, and the homeowners didn't budge. So, we walked away, and that was that.

Now, it appears as though we are back to house hunting. All over again.


Guys, if life was an HGTV show, we could have all of this knocked out in a weekend. Three choices--bing, bang, boom--voila. New house, and probably a free, brand-new TV hanging on our living room wall. But we'd probably have to move to Canada.

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Us with our dream home that doesn't exist. Probably best, since I'm no architect.
Real life isn't like that, though, and I know we're in good company when it comes to house-hunting anxiety. In fact, we have several friends who are going through the same thing, have been through the same thing, will go through the same thing soon (and don't know it yet) . . . it's just inevitable. But, I guess that's good news for the seller's market, even though I wish it would've held off just a few more months so we could find something that wasn't immediately snatched up by fifteen other people. ;)

We're thinking of building a house. I dunno. Maybe. Some people say to go for it, some say to avoid building at all costs. I have to admit that I'm kind of leaning in the direction of the first option, although the amount of available, empty lots around southeast Michigan seems kind of limited and scattered. Also, I kind of don't want to rent month-to-month for another half of a year while we're waiting for our new place to come together. But at the rate we're going, month-to-month may be inevitable, regardless of whether we choose to wait on a new house or wait on a "perfect" old house to fall into our laps. We'll see.

For now, it's a race to see which will actually happen first--finding a new place, or the arrival of spring in Michigan. I've been wearing my winter coat since October, so I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up with two new houses and a few cars before it's tank top weather again (fingers crossed that my sarcasm doesn't become reality).

Where do you guys stand when it comes to building a new house from scratch? Is it worth it, or would you rather renovate something that already exists? I'd love to have your input!

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