This is our fourth house we’ve purchased! It’s really exciting!
Allan took a house hunting trip last week. Before he left we spent hours scouring online for all the available homes in the Coeur d’Alene area that would fit our family. It was tough! There’s a limited amount of inventory out there and we (mostly I) did NOT want to build. I didn’t want to build because that meant living in a temporary rental for 4-6 months! I did NOOOOT want to move again. I’m just about dead from the moves we made in the last 15 months! I told Allan, I truly, truly can’t handle moving more than once in the next 12 months. Building is OUT. If we rented I’d wanted to find a rental that we could live in for at least a full year and preferably longer! BUT, we really just want to settle down so we were looking to buy!
Allan went to Idaho with a list of about 10 houses to look at. Maybe less, I can’t really remember.
Our favorite house from what we saw online was a house on a half acre. Allan stopped at that house very first and immediately we both ruled it out. It had a railroad track behind it and though online we’d seen the track we thought it was below visibility from the house. Not so, it was on a slight incline in real life and completely visible from the house! In fact, it really felt like the train track was in the back yard despite being far from the house thanks to the half acre.
Anyway, it just wouldn’t work.
Allan went to a house next that was on our list but not super high up. He sent me a picture and the second I got it I felt like that was our house! I couldn’t believe it because it hadn’t been up high on my list of favorites (at all!) but here it was in a cellphone photo and I was sold! Instantly!
I told Allan I liked it and he told me he thought it might be the one.
He walked through the whole house and sent me more cell phone photos and we were both, though states away from each other, completely sold on this house!! We were shocked but felt so at peace about it! It was really crazy!! We usually disagree and it takes us forever and a lot of negotiating to pick a house. Not this time!
Allan had all the other houses on our list to go look at and typically I want to see ALL my options (especially because my personal favorite house had yet to be seen by Allan!) but for some reason I didn’t even care about the other houses. It was like I just knew we’d found our house so why bother with the rest?
Allan went to the other houses and sent me pictures and despite them being pretty we were just already attached to the other house! We were sold!
Allan ended up buying that house the next day. I signed all the forms electronically and we paid the deposit. The builder of that house accepted an offer and we got a move in date of April 30th!
Now here’s a crazy part of the story:
The house we bought wasn’t for sale!
There was an ad online for this builder and they used pictures of this model home to sell that floorplan. It even says clear as day on the listing that that house wasn’t for sale but that you could build that floorplan on a different lot.
But remember I said I REALLY didn’t want to build? So… when Allan asked if we could buy that house the guy working there said, “Okay.” And what’s even crazier about that is that at least 10 other people (within the last week before this!) had asked about buying the model home and were told no!! The guy selling the floorplan, though, felt like the house was Allan and mine, like this house in this spot was perfect for us! So Allan went back the next day and there was a lady working there and he told her about his conversation with the other guy and she was like, oh no, no he’s wrong, we’re not selling this house.
But then the other guy was called and the builder owners’ talked to and yes, they would sell it to us, despite it not being for sale!
So yeah, pretty cool! A long story but one I’ll for sure forget so I thought I might as well blog about it. And now for the photos, right! Keep in mind that it’s decorated nicely now and when my family lives there it will look about 90% more crappy with our cheap furniture and messy kids 😉
Oh wait, I’m going to post our other house pictures first. Just for fun.
What you see when you walk in will be a view down the hall into the living room. On the right you can see into what will be Payson’s room. There’s a bathroom on that side of the hall as well as Brooke’s room. On the left is where the laundry room is.
The smallest bedroom is Brooke’s but that’s because she likes small rooms AND it has a great view being in the front of the house. Across the street from our house is an open grassy “park” (no playground equipment, just grass and trees) and a huge property someone else owns where they have a few farm animals like sheep and horses.
Their room is the biggest. Which is good because three will share a room in here!
And that’s it for the pictures! I have a bunch of the yard (it’s a good size and really nice, grass already in) but my phone won’t let me email them to myself to put online so some other time I’ll share photos of that!