Why in the world does buying a home have to be so stressful? We download those various ‘home buying apps’ that are suppose to make this process easier. Then we start saving various homes that look hopeful in the apps. Eventually we will even attempt to try to look at some of these said homes.
So this is where we are at in the home buying process. We have been down this road before, so we know what to expect. But, before my husband was in the Air Force and had ‘house hunting days,’ and actual time off of work to actually look at homes; whereas right now he is retired from the Air Force and he is working until 5 every evening. Also, his job is very demanding and he has been doing the work of two people right now, which I know is common place for a lot of people in America today. So, he has no time to look at homes during the day when it seems to be convenient for homeowners and realtors.
We have an idea of what we really want in our next home, and I understand that we won’t be able to get all of those things, but there are some things we don’t want to compromise on. I have many homes saved in my app, but really only one house in particular has stood out … and of course…it has everything on our list. It is absolutely gorgeous. But, it does have a downside, it is 30 minutes away. This is making it difficult for my husband to get time off of work to go see the house we are interested in.
I understand all about selling a home, trust me. When we sold our home our children were very little…and I was homeschooling at the time. (I homeschooled my 3 children for 13 years.) I remember all the times I had to pack the kids up at the drop of a hat so the realtor could come show our home. Yes, we could have requested 24 hour notice like the couple that is selling the home we are interested in; but we were more interested in selling our home quickly than being a bit inconvenienced a handful of times. Plus, we were moving with the Air Force and we HAD to get our home sold within a certain time line. We sold our home within a few weeks. So, our handful of inconveniences paid off for us in the long run.
I just don’t understand what actual working people do when they are looking to purchase a home…and don’t tell me, ‘use a realtor,’ because most realtors I have come across have 9-5 hours… Monday – Friday. We’ve been talking to one that we know, but I feel like I am doing all the work myself. Looking for the homes online…driving around looking, checking mortgage rates, etc. I know that we’re not some high profile clients, that will bring in a big commission…especially if the realtor has to split his commission with the listing agent, but still.
When I worked in banking years ago…I learned you treat every customer the same whether they have $1 in their account or $10 million dollars. I have never treated people differently, according to their gender, race, job, or bank account balance and I never will.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin… James 2:8-9a
This is just all very frustrating for me. We have finally decided not move, (to Tennessee) and to stay here and look for a home to buy… and now it’s not as easy as I was hoping it would be. Ugh!!!
But, I have faith that this will work out. This is where God wants us, so I am sure that we will find just the right home for our family. Eventually.