House Hunting…Things are Getting Interesting

So this past Thursday was our first time back to Newtown, CT to look at houses since before the tragic shooting. I previously mentioned about how we arrived at Newtown for our house hunting search.

We were greeted with hugs and kisses from our realtor. She is such a sweet woman. She has lived in Newtown for something like 29 years and knows a lot of folks there. She also gave G a gift. A big stuffed reindeer that had been sent, from California, to the town amongst the thousands of other gifts. She explained that the kindness of the entire country has been overwhelming.

We regrouped back into our cars and headed off to see two houses. One in Sandy Hook and one in Western Newtown. We drove to the Sandy Hook house first. It is located in a pretty rural neighborhood and sits on over an acre of land on a street called Serenity Lane. ๐Ÿ™‚ T.J. and I really liked this house. A two story colonial that has over 2000 square feet, 2 car garage, three large bedrooms, 2 big living rooms, formal dining room, eat in kitchen, 2.5 bathrooms, a finished walkout basement and a deck. The neighborhood is really quiet and the neighbors aren’t too close. Nice houses sit all around the loop of Serenity Lane.

On to the next house, another two story colonial with a 2 car garage, 4 large bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, formal dining room, eat in kitchen and a screened in porch again coming in well over 2000 square feet. This house had a good size lot, but was much closer to the homes on either side and one kind of looked like a junkyard. The backyard wasn’t ideal and was really hilly so not very kid friendly. Not really much of a front yard either and the driveway was really steep off the road, but you drove down the driveway and then the garage was under the house. T.J. and I really aren’t a fan of the garage being under the house.

So, we chit chatted a bit with our realtor and drove back home for lunch. While G had her nap we went over what we liked and disliked about both homes. We called our families and chatted it out with them. We decided to call our realtor on Friday morning and put an offer {our first bid on a home EVER} on the Sandy Hook home. We came up with a really good and fair offer based on our research and a few major things that would need to be done before we moved in like a new septic system and leach field. The home was built in 1976 and the septic is original. So, basically its a ticking time bomb and a very big expense.

T.J. drove back to Newtown to sign the offer with our realtor who thought it was a very good offer. She is also the listing agent, which could be a conflict of interest, but so far so good. She advised T.J. that there were two more offers coming in later in the day and that she would present all offers to the seller on Saturday morning and that we should know by Sunday.

TODAY IS SUNDAY!

We kind of were waiting for the phone to ring. I was trying to have positive thoughts and all that. T.J.’s cell rang and it was the realtor. She had some very interesting news. All three offers were very close and the seller wanted all three potential buyers to come back with new offers. WHAT?!?!

We called all our parents again and decided the best course of action was to hold steady at our initial offer. T.J. called the realtor back and told her our standing. Now we wait until Monday to hear…again!

EEK!

Good news is we feel like we can do this. Like put offers on houses but not have all the anxiety again. Like once you get that first one under your belt you accomplished something…BIG!

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About Candice

Candice is a mom of three under 5. Originally from the smallest state of Rhode Island, now living in Connecticut. From working gal to stay-at-home mom, she is walking the path of the Modern Mom.

Comments

  1. Soooo exciting! Can’t wait to house hunt (hoping sooner rather than later, lol)

  2. So exciting!!! Hoping that things will work out for you guys. Keep us all posted ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Looking forward to hearing your news tomorrow!

  4. Good luck!

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