Buy or Build: Decision 2015

We put our house on the market knowing that we wanted to live somewhere else. We just didn’t know where, or what, that would be.

Since our house sold (in 4 days!), a lot of people are wondering what we’re doing and where we’re going. (Spoiler Alert: We’re staying in the greater Cleveland area.)

It started with some research on “resale” homes in a few areas that we liked. We saw some great homes, but none really felt like “it” or made us excited to actually put our house up for sale.

Brad started doing research (he’s great at research) and discovered that we could build a brand new home in our price range. That thought was staggering, but proved when we visited a new Ryan Homes community and walked through two floor plans. Then we went through the pricing exercise to determine which features we wanted in a home.

So we signed the paperwork and bought ourselves a home site. Lot 147 is the K-Couple’s future home.

But between the time we close on our current home and the time we close on the new construction, we’ll be homeless (3ish months). I’ll be writing a blog post on temporary housing options in the near future.

What’s one feature you would want in your dream home?

We Sold Our House!

I struggled to post a couple of blogs for Diabetes Blog Week last week because I was busy doing something else. But please go catch up on what other diabetes bloggers wrote about, it’s good stuff.

So what was I doing?

Brad and I were working out everything to sell our house. Yes, our beautiful first home that we bought at age 23 hit the market.

And sold in FOUR DAYS!!! The average time on market for homes in our area is 88 days. We sold in 4. I can barely believe it.

The best part? Continue reading

Our “Starter” Home 3 Years Later

Last week our dishwasher finally kicked the bucket… more like filled the bucket I guess. It still washed and rinsed and made a racket, but those functions became accompanied by a giant puddle in the kitchen floor. We had no idea how old the dishwasher was, but we finally pulled the trigger on replacing the last major appliance in our house. (The LAST one guys! No more hand-me-down appliances!)

We just passed the 3-year mark on signing our names on all of the paperwork required to make our house well… ours. And becoming landlords for a couple of months. Which makes today a great day to participate in the Starter Stories project that Compass is doing. Compass is a technology-drive real estate platform that aims to make buying, selling or renting a home (in New York City or D.C. so far) intelligent and seamless. I think they should branch out to Cleveland.

Brad and I marveled over the quietness of our new stainless steel Whirlpool and the length of time that we’ve actually been homeowners. When we bought this house, we bought it with an 8-10 year plan and a desire to do very little work to it. [And God laughed.] Continue reading