big life moments: marriage and house hunting

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Blah blah blah I know... I haven't written on here for a whole month. Let me repeat.. a whole month. You can call it a hiatus or me being lazy.. but I'll be the first to admit that it just wasn't a priority (sadly). And before I get bashed or "I can't believe you just said that" finger pointing at me...let me explain. 

First, you can't blame me for romping around town and basking in the glow of my engagement... secondly, I've also just been swamped with the start of this crazy process for both wedding planning and house hunting.

Did you hear that? HOUSE. I know. We're absolutely nutso to be going through both of these huge life moments at the exact... same.. time. I've heard that about a bajillion times so far already, and I can't tell you how fast my heart pitter patters each time I say both of those things out loud.

And it's not exactly the easiest of things either. The housing market in Seattle is a mad zoo. It's competitive. There are bidding wars... which makes me feel like it's The Hunger Games to find your dream home. Prices are skyrocketing and hopeful, optimistic first-time-home-buyers like myself and my main squeeze are just overwhelmed as international investors are buying everything left and right.. in cash.

So yes, my weekends have become not as sexy as they used to be. We've traded date nights for Zillow stalking, wine and takeout, and on week nights, I'm doing wedding research. Instead of my random shopping adventures, I've been pinching every penny for the future casa. I've pretty much said "goodbye" to Nordys and "hellloooo Home Depot". (This is only temporarily, right?)

And for those in the Seattle area who have recently bought a home or in the process - I feel your pain. My heart has been broken.. not once, but twice. And my main squeeze and I are reevaluating what's most important for this home. Is it location, space and/or schools? I feel like in this market either you get A with a hefty price tag or B and C but with a 45min+ commute each way to work. We're weighing our pros and cons right now, and doing our best to figure it all out.

As we continue on this marathon of house hunting and wedding planning, I'll be sure to fill you in. There's going to be a few vent seshes (apologies in advance), some tears and hopefully, high-pitched squeals when we start to get everything a bit more concrete.

Until next time...

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  1. Yeah it's super nuts trying to find a place in the city! Have you looked in any neighborhoods outside of the city? It's still competitive but the prices aren't nearly as cray! Also, speaking as one half of a couple who just got a house, no the trips to Home Depot don't ever end.
    Good luck on the hunt! May the odds be ever in your favor ;)

    xoxo - Ana luiza
    Northwest Blonde

  2. Yikes. It’s good that you’ve gone ahead and tackled the competitive housing market of Seattle. If you have the drive and the desire to look for a great place in this city, then you should just go for it. Nothing should stop you from getting the home that you want. That much is certain.

    Elton Rousseau @ Hancock Lettings and Estate Agents

  3. My husband and I did the same thing while we were getting married. I'm not so sure that was a great idea for us. Things got kind of out of control. Fortunately, everything managed to pan out and after a few months things started to settle down. Right now I don't regret us doing it, but now way would I do it again.

    Miriam Burke @ HS-RE


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