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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Buying a new's just madness!

My fiance (Mario) and I are in the process of purchasing our first home (yay!).  We are currently renting a house, which I adore, but we do not intend to continue to live here once our lease ends for a few reasons:

-We just had a beautiful baby girl (Photo 1) and need more space (3 bedrooms at least).

Photo 1 - Our baby girl, Madison Lynn (photo taken by Lauren Garrison Photography)

-We don't really like our current neighborhood and definitely wouldn't want to raise a family there.  I'm all about sidewalks, nearby playgrounds, community events, and neighbors I can borrow a cup of sugar from (call me old fashioned or unrealistic, perhaps).
-We'd like to own a home now that we've started a family so that we can have a stable environment to raise our children and truly make it our own.

Now...who knew searching and buying a home would be such a gruesome process :(.  I suppose it is known by the many who have purchased homes before us; however, we were unpleasantly surprised to see all that goes into the biggest purchase of our lives.  So after countless viewings, and an offer which fell through ;(, we finally settled on a "cute little" (Sidenote 1, below) home in Raleigh, NC in a nice community near a park, lakes, mini playground, etc, etc...

My dream, right?!? Sort of, considering that we are still in the process, which means home inspection, termite inspection, appraisal, repairs and the list goes on and ON.  There is so much to do that we didn't even realize needed to be done and because of the due diligence period there isn't a whole lot of time to do it, *sigh*!  But I suppose this is the case with so many new things in life.  You don't realize how much goes into something until you're faced with it.  Like raising a child, for instance, but that's another post entirely :)!

Lastly, I'd like to point out that our soon to be new home isn't all that I imagined my first home would be either.  There are no granite countertops, matching appliances, to-die-for master suite, you know, all the things you see and drool over on HGTV.  I'm not even sure if our furniture will fit in the living room, ha!  But I will say it has great "bones" and is pretty awesome for our first home as 20-something year old's considering all we've been through and what it's taken to get here and I have every intention of demolishing, remodeling and decorating every square footage of this home until it's all that I (I mean we) desire it to be.  As soon as we close, I'll post photos of the new place, inside and out, so I hope you stay tuned as we start our new lives in our new home with our new baby girl!


Sidenote 1:  Don't you hate when people refer to something of yours in this manner...cute little house, cute little car, etc...I mean really, what are they trying to say?!?


  1. I guess figuring out which house is best for you also include tryin’ to experience different kinds of homes. It’s the owners’ task to prep it, and make it even better! Some of your viewers, especially followers, can’t probably wait to see the makeover. Well, Madison Lynn included. :D
    Randy Robinson

    1. I agree Randy! I thought I needed the perfect house that already had all the bells and whistles; however, since moving in I've realized that we the family make the home!!! I love this house already even without any major changes being made yet. But the journey is soon to begin. I hope you join follow along!

      Thanks for the comment and I apologize for the delay in response. More posts coming soon (and more frequently)!

      Take care!!!

    2. Randy, I responded to you when you first posted but somehow it didn't go through. I hate that I'm just now noticing that months later!

      You're absolutely right, I'fe learner a lot from this first home purchase and I've found that if I want the perfect home I'd probably have to have it built. So instead I've decided to make this home the best it can be until we decide to upgrade. I'm beginning to make some progress, I hope you'll stop back by :) take care!!!

  2. I'm so glad I found your blog!!! yayyy!!!

    That picture of Madison........oh. my. goodness. Can I just eat her?? She is so beautiful.

    1. Thanks a bunch Ashley! I'm still in the process of getting my blog to look like I want it to look. But I realize it's time for me to get it going as I have sooo much to say. I truly enjoy your blog and may end up emailing you with questions pretty soon. Thanks so much for the Maddie compliment she is an absolute joy and I eat those cheeks every day, lol!!!

  3. Your baby looks adorable! No wonder you want a new house where you can raise her to be a beautiful woman someday. First time home buyers are usually overwhelmed by the house hunting process, so it would be very helpful if they let real estate professionals who have all the statistics to guide them all the way through. I wish you and your family all the best in this new chapter of your lives!

    Lakisha Zimmerer


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