So, it’s Monday. It’s also the 21st of the month, which means Abbie is NINETEEN months old today. I also realized I never posted her 18 month update, even though I took the pictures. Oops. I’m kind of glad I forgot until now about her 19 month pictures – She was in a pretty grumpy mood this morning (actually, we all were), so they wouldn’t have turned out too well…but then again, when can you catch a good photo of a toddler? They just move too fast.
Over the weekend we had our first meeting with our realtor. We picked him on the recommendation of a friend, signed the paperwork for him to represent us, and officially have started the process. Next step is talking to a mortgage lender and figuring all that out, and we’re hoping to start looking at houses this coming weekend. It’s all happening really fast, and our realtor thinks we’ll be able to find a house pretty quickly – there were about 100 homes on the market in the search he ran for us that fit our criteria.
Honestly? I’m nervous about the whole thing. I’m such a worrywart in general, and this is a huge decision. There’s so many factors to consider, and I am just hoping we find the right place and everything works out. You know when it seems like things are too easy? I feel a little bit like that right now, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. On the other hand, things have been a bit tight for us for a while, so I’m relieved we’re finally able to do this. And now I’m rambling. Anyway, I’m just nervous about the whole thing and praying we find the right house for us.
Then of course, there’s all these people expressing doubt about where we’ve chosen to look (for any of you familiar with northern Virginia, it’s the Manassas area). It’s frustrating because they just assume we haven’t looked at all aspects of the area. EVERY area has good and bad parts. Every area has ups and downs. I know on one hand they’re trying to help, but on the other, I just want them to butt out. Chris and I are adults and know how to make decisions for our family, and we’re not dumb. Obviously we’re going to look at things like schools, the neighborhood, etc. It’s almost like a few people (most of whom I haven’t’ talked to in years) are looking down on us for it. Well, unless you want to give us money to live where YOU think is the best place to live, BUTT OUT. Fairfax county isn’t the only place to live in northern Virginia, and we have budget constraints you know nothing about. Ugh. Ok, clearly I’m in a ranting mood this morning.
Long story short, this morning I’m nervous. And frustrated. And excited. And honestly ready to see where the next few months will take us. And thinking I should maybe de-friend (or is it unfriend?) some people on Facebook. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.
Did you experience any doubt from friends and acquaintances while house hunting? Any tips for us?