Another house came up on the market.. It was a little high for my budget but I was hopping to talk them down in price. As soon as I seen it, I knew it was a beauty! It was within the banks restrictions with the age of the house, it wasn’t a mobile home (which a bank won’t finance), and although it was only half an acre of land, it was in a great spot!
I told my realtor that I wanted to go look at it right away, but of course, there were others interested as well.
When I seen it in person, I thought that it was absolutely perfect! It came with all amenities (washer, dryer, fridge, stove, etc.), there were three bedrooms (all with walk in closets), two full bathrooms, and a huge two car garage and a basement that was about the size of all three of the bedrooms combined! There were close neighbors, but you couldn’t see them from anywhere on the property. And it honestly felt like the house was too good to be true..
My realtor had told me that other people were interested in buying it and that I would need to put in my best offer if I wanted the place. However, I knew that I had to go home and think about it and talk it over with my family.
I had come home that day and talked it over with my brother (who wanted to move in with me for a while), and unfortunately as perfect as this house was, it was too far away from where my brother worked, and it would have been unfair of me to expect him to drive that far for work.
I had considered whether or not I could afford a place like that on my own, but I was advised against it.
I had told my realtor that I would sleep on it, but the next morning she had told me that someone had already put in an offer on the place and the last thing I wanted to do was get into a bidding war. So I told her that I would pass on this house and keep looking.
Now yes, I can hear all of my fellow homesteaders screaming at me for even considering a half-acer property, but hear me out.!. I honestly don’t want a whole lot of land! I can’t handle a lot of land by myself, and I know that it’s going to be just me working on this land by myself. I don’t have a partner to help me, I don’t have kids that I can pawn off chores on, and it’ll be quite a few years before I have any help. So although I don’t like the idea of having a half-acer market farm, I also know that I couldn’t run a huge five acer farm all by myself.
For now, I will keep looking and hopping that something good will pop up soon. But it looks like my goal of finding a house before school starts isn’t going to happen. Meanwhile, I have to consider the option that I may have to find a house by myself and that I may not always have my brother as an option for a roommate.. (In other words, any house I get by myself will have to be something I can afford by myself.)
All I can do is wait for the perfect house to come on the market, and bide my time well while I’m looking and waiting. I am trying to remind myself not to get discouraged, but it’s hard when you get your hopes up every time a house comes on the market, only for something to be wrong with it or something to happen that causes you not to get it.
I understand that good things come to those who wait, but my patience can only last so long..
In the meantime, I have plenty of stuff to distract me while I wait for a house to come up for sale. I still have some Farmers Markets in the works, my last semester of college is starting soon, and I still have a full time job that needs my attention everyday.
For those of you who wish to help, you have my full permission to pray for me, send good vibes out to the universe, or dance naked in the rain (which ever method proves to be most effective).
As always, smile, have an amazing day, and never give up on your dreams!