A few months ago, my boss made all of us take the Myers Briggs personality test. Cliché, I know. But with many different personalities trying to operate under one roof, we were running into some issues between different people trying to work together. My boss wanted all of us to recognize each other’s personalities so that we could understand how we prefer to work. And then, hopefully respect the differences.
Happy Hump Day everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying the last week of October (crazy)! I would like to take a break form regularly scheduled content for you to meet Torie from Call it Adventure. She has a lot of exciting things going on, like following her dreams and starting her own business. (Awesome!) She also love Colorado and cats…a girl after my own heart. Here’s a little insight into Torie in her own words…
Why did you start blogging and how did you come up with your blog name?
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
What are three of your favorite posts and why?
I wrote a tribute post when we lost Robin Williams, and I’m proud of it because I had a lot of emotion surrounding his death and I think I managed to express it succinctly while bringing attention to the overall issue of depression and suicide that desperately needs to be addressed in this world.
When I moved in with my boyfriend I had a Monica moment about it all, and this goofy how-to post was the result. I like that I took the time to write out what I was feeling about the move and relay some tips for my future self to look back on when I need a reminder.
My Panic! At the Disco concert recap, because the experience was amazing and life changing and I was so excited to share a slice of that with my readers!
What’s one thing you want readers to take away from your blog?
Are you dressing up for halloween, if so, what are you going as?
I’m going to start off this series by explaining why it is in fact, a series. There likely will be multiple posts, regarding multiple attempts to buy a house. Because you see, in the last week, we have put offers in on two houses already and lost both. #Frustrating
Let’s start with house numero uno..
A week and a half ago (Wednesday the 15th) we met with our mortgage broker for the first time. We had previously been corresponding with him and had things set up, but we were able to finalize our plan, budget, numbers that Wednesday. Fantastic. We were ready to buy a house.
AV and I originally planned to start looking for a home early next year. And by that, I mean, we planned on being able to start putting in offers next year. We have been “looking” at homes for at least 6 months now to devise a plan and an agreement on what we were looking for and determining how much it would cost. After our meeting on Wednesday, and realizing that a) we have more than enough for a 20% down payment and b) interest rates were extremely low, we decided to carpe diem on the house hunting process.
We saw a home a few weeks ago at an open house that we really liked. Without being serious about putting in an offer yet, we walked away from that house. After the mortgage meeting and with that house in mind, we thought we should go back for a private showing and check it out one last time and perhaps put an offer in.
Friday morning we setup a private showing for Sunday. Right after we setup the meeting (within minutes) we found out they dropped the price. The house had been on the market for a few weeks (an eternity by Seattle standards). By Friday afternoon, the selling agent let our agent know that there was an offer coming in and that our offer needed to be in by noon on Saturday. #FanFreakingTastic
We changed our appointment to Saturday at 10AM. We quickly decided it was the house for us and we put our offer in by 11.
Just like that, hundreds of thousands of dollars were “spent” and the dotted lines were signed. The seller was meeting at noon with her agent to go over offers, so we were told to wait while our agent presented the offer. After about 30 minutes, we got word from our agent that it would be a bit and that we should go home.
As it turns out, our offer and the competing offer were around the same dollar amount but the other offer put a 50% downpayment. We only put 20%. We later found out why it was taking so long for us to find out, it was because the seller was verifying the funds of the other offer.
So we lost the house to someone who had $250k downpayment. YIKES.
And if you think that downpayment is crazy…spoiler alert for the second house we tried to buy, it gets worse. Like all cash, worse. Stay tuned.
I have to admit. It was all a blur. The whole process was rushed. Which is how one has to operate in Seattle to buy a house. And as fast as the process was, it taught us that we need to be even faster to beat out other offers.
As hard as everyone says it is to buy a house, I don’t think I really understood it until this experience. The homes we are looking at need a decent amount of work. Seattle is an expensive market and while we are forking over a lot of money, it really just gets us into the market. We will have to do a lot of work to get the home up to date. That means though, that every home we see we have to go through the thought process of imagining the house remodeled. Could it be remodeled? Is the floor plan right? What ideas could we bring to the space?
To mentally go through all this and then lose the house is exhausting. Beyond exhausted, I just feel bummed. I can’t say that I am sad, upset, or angry. It was what it was. The other offer had more cash. We acted as fast as we knew how in the moment.
But at the end of the day, I just felt bummed. Bummed in a way that I have never experienced before. It’s weird to lose something that you have no control over. If there are gaps of time where this blog sits empty, it’s probably because I’m busy blankly staring at zillow…waiting for a house to appear. It’s pathetic and exhausting.
Stay tuned for house number two…
I moved to the Seattle area when I was really young. Two years-young to be exact. Since moving away for school, I have realized how much I love living in the Pacific Northwest. There’s not much to not like about this place. Seattle particularly is pretty amazing if you ask me. Which is why I am practically killing myself slowly with all this stress of trying to buy a house.
My Top 5 Things To Do in Seattle
- Eat! Seattle is home to some of the best restaurants with amazing food. Being a port/coastal city, we are lucky to have a variety of cuisines and cultures. In no particular order below are some of my favorite spots across the city. I am by no-means an expert on food, but I can tell you that you can do no wrong at any of these restaurants:
- La Fontana Siciliana (Belltown)- Italian
- Bastille (Ballard)- French
- Uneeda Burger (Fremont)- Burgers
- Rock Creek (Fremont)- Seafood
- Via Tribunali (Multiple Locations)- Neapolitan Pizza
- Sea Star (Denny Triangle)- Seafood
- Walrus and the Carpenter (Ballard)- Seafood
- Serafina (Eastlake)- Italian
- Molly Moon’s (Multiple Locations)- Ice Cream
- See the art! Seattle is very much an artistic and creative city. There is art to be enjoyed in many different formats. One of my favorites is the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition. Located in the Seattle Center, the Chihuly exhibit showcases glass fine art that even a novice could appreciate. It’s truly breathtaking. And added bonus? You can buy discount tickets that include a trip up the Space Needle, which is just steps away.
- Visit the most prestigious block to own real estate; Highland Drive. Ok, I’ll admit it, I have no clue if this is the most prestigious block in the entire city, but it is a pretty fantastic street to live on with real estate costs to match. Highland drive is the home of Kerry Park. It’s an iconic place to get wedding photos done or just to visit to catch views of the city scape to the left and ocean views on the right. At sunset, it’s perfection. Strolling Highland Drive not only allow for a stop at a great park but a view of some beautiful real estate.
- Tour! As much as the touristy things can really be a drag, there are a few options in Seattle that really are fun. My recommendations are the Underground Seattle tour as well as a trip to Pike Place. The market is usually busy, full of tourists, but it is the best place to buy the most gorgeous flowers at a fraction of the cost of a florist or store. And for the adventurer, the Ride the Ducks tour is a famous by-land and by sea tour of the city. Even locals will admit they had a good time on this tour.
- Get in touch with nature! There’s a reason why we are the Evergreen State. Hiking, boating, paddle boarding are all part of the outdoor fun. It’s true, it rains a decent amount here. But it makes for remarkable scenery. Get outside and enjoy it!
Part of what makes Seattle such a great place to live is our thriving economy thanks to some great local companies. Amazon continues to grow and expand it’s presence in Seattle. And while it’s making my commute horrendous, at least it’s a great company. Seriously, they have everything. In honor of Seattle, one lucky winner is going to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Good luck!
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So much is going on right now with trying to buy a house. It’s been crazy. I feel like I need one more of me just to look for houses. We put in offer #2 today as we did not get the house we put an offer in last weekend. We’ll see how that goes. Currently the number one pet peeve in my life are people with loads and loads of cash. But that’s not really a pet peeve. But seriously, we are competing against offers that are 50% and 100% cash. Crazy. But as for a real list of pet peeves…
- People saying “Eboli”. More often I hear this than the correct way of saying it, “Ebloa”. I think people are confusing “ebloa” with E. Coli and combining them into one word. It’s annoying. Good news though, we all have a zero percent chance at catching the Eboli virus. It doesn’t exist.
- People who eat loudly. Drives me insane. INSANE.
- Poor cell phone manners. Good manners would include: not walking into a room while on the phone and excusing your self before answering the phone if in the presence/talking to someone else concurrently.
- People who don’t know when to stop talking. Conversations are a two-way street. At least the good ones are.
- Annoying “blessed” facebook posts. Gone are the days when people could communicate with each other on facebook. It’s turned into a dumping ground for bragging.
That is all for now. My brain is mush from house shopping.