We bought a house!

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Even though I’ve always dreamed of buying a house, writing that title made my stomach flip! Could it really be true? Did we actually buy our first house??

The answer is yes!

I’m writing this about ten days before we close and setting it to publish after we move in just to make sure that everything goes smoothly. With the current state of the world, it wouldn’t come as a shock if there are a few delays so let’s hope this goes up as planned! We’re taking this one day at a time.

My boyfriend Adam and I have been talking about buying a house ever since we moved in together five years ago. I actually remember the day we made an account on Realtor.ca. We were sitting on the couch in our first apartment when our roommate Nora walked in from class to find us talking about countertops and closet space. She seemed to think we were out of our minds!

Finding our dream home

Well, after five years of Adam checking Realtor.ca like it was Instagram, we finally found our home at the beginning of February. Adam showed me the listing shortly after it was published and within the week we were completely in love with it. At this point, we didn’t even have a real estate agent that we were working with or a mortgage broker, but we did have a house in mind.

One thing you should know about Adam is that it takes him ages to make a decision. He has to research every little detail and understand the whole process before he says ‘yes’ to anything. But once he’s figured it out, it’s full steam ahead.

On Monday, February 10th (our anniversary, by the way!), we decided to contact a mortgage broker. From there on, things moved really fast. We got pre-approved, contacted a highly-recommended real estate agent, and set a booking to see the house for Friday evening.

On Friday morning, our real estate agent called me to say that the sellers had accepted another offer on our little house. We were devastated. It felt like the home had slipped right through our fingers! But, when it comes to things like this I do my best to hold onto an ‘if its meant to be’ kind of attitude and I knew that we would find something else.

Perfect timing

On Sunday, our real estate agent called to say the original offer had fallen through! My sister Isabella was in town for reading week and we danced in the kitchen after our agent broke the news.

We saw the house the very next day, on family day, with my sister in tow and it felt like everything was coming together. After a little back and forth with the sellers, we had our offer accepted and the real work started!

There’s not much else to tell in terms of how the past few weeks have gone. We’ve been doing our inspections and making sure all our finances were ready to go. But I did want to record how quickly everything came together.

I’m the type of person that romanticizes the details, but it’s pretty clear to me that this was meant to be. From getting the process started on our seven-year anniversary to putting in an offer on Family Day with my sister by my side, the whole process felt really special.

Moving forward

At this point, I have packing down to a science. It feels really wonderful knowing that this might be the last time, for a long time, that I’m packing up my things.

And I haven’t even mentioned the fact that I get to decorate a whole house!?

There are so many things to be excited for and I wanted to make sure that I document as much as possible. I think one of the reasons why I’ve held onto my blog for so long is because I love having all my memories saved in a visual format. I don’t promise to put out video content, but I would like to create a few progress videos so that I can remember everything.

Check out the first video in our Home At Last series!

I’m excited to take the design process slow for this home. To live in the space for a while before rushing into making any big decisions. The nice thing about this house is it’s already livable but that there is room to grow into the home.

Now that the news is out, it’s time for the real fun to begin! I hope you’ll follow along as we make this house our home.

Follow along on Instagram for daily updates!

Big hugs,

rowan
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