The first year of Phoebe’s life, we tried to change her nursery as little as possible (Here is my post with a tour of her nursery). It’s important to have a calm and consistent environment for our little ones as they grow and learn about the world. Keeping the nursery the same helps create a [...]
I have been meaning to blog a tour of Phoebe’s nursery for months, and now, at long last, here you have it! The tour of Phoebe’s baby room has arrived!
Everyone needs a sanctuary within their own home. I think the week that we finally felt at home in our new house was the week we finished the painting and cleaning, moved our mattress off the floor and onto a bedframe, and started sleeping in our master bedroom.
The same week we got the news that the sale would close on our house purchase and the same week we found out we were pregnant with our first baby. So, by the time we moved into our first house in August 2010, I was in the middle of first trimester exhaustion. That made the move a huge challenge. You see: we knew we would only be able to afford to buy a house if we found a fixer, and our house was a definitely cosmetic fixer (i.e. it was a safe, healthy house, but it was outdated, dirty and ugly). We had 1 week off work in which to fix ‘er up before we were out of our old apartment for good.
Mr. Wetzel and I bought our house in August 2010, and we’ve been slowly fixing ‘er up ever since. When we moved in, our living room needed a lot of work. Man-work. Grunting and such.
I’ve wanted to write some blog posts about the house Mr. Wetzel and I bought in August 2010, and I’m finally ready to show off the hard work we put into this place. First, I wanted to give you a little tour of what the house looked like before we moved in. Here are the photos that were posted to the online listing.
While most buyers choose to work with agents, it is not required in all states for an agent to represent you in the purchase or sale of a home. In Washington state, if you choose to go it solo, you may. As a buyer, there are many potential benefits to working with an agent, but you must weigh those benefits against the fee the fee for using an agent.
Money, money, money. Isn’t that the big green thing that keeps us from buying a house, or keeps us from affording the house we want? Thanks to a myriad of financing options, you don’t need $100,000 in the bank to buy a $100,000 house. In Washington State, a seller can disclose on his listing that he will accept certain financing types. The reason why sellers might prefer to exclude certain financing types is because there can be extra hoops to jump through or the process can take a lot longer. The reason buyers might prefer certain financing types is because they get a much better interest rate or APR, or there are other perks; also, if a buyer can only finance a home in one particular way, her options would limit her if the seller refused that financing term. As a buyer, if I saw a house I was interested in, and the online listing did not list the financing terms I wanted to use, I’d still contact the seller to check if he would accept my preferred financing method.
With Mr. Wetzel and our shoestring budget, I looked at a lot of houses that other people may not have considered. We toured vacant, run-down houses. We visited foreclosed houses and bank-owned houses, and the house we ended up buying was a short sale.
When Mr. Wetzel and I were looking to buy a house, we were on a shoestring budget, but there were several things we expected to find if we were going to take the plunge and make a purchase. So, we sat down and made a list. We didn’t have the financial flexibility to dream up [...]
Hi, there! I’m Erin. I’m a crunchy Christian mom and artist. I love to eat local farm food and shop at thrift stores. I blog about our crazy life and baby girl (born April 2011). I love rainbows. My hair is messy. ^_^ I hope you enjoy my blog! (Read More about me here...)