Thursday, July 12, 2007

Welcome to the Home Buying Blog!

Way back when, TTtC here started out as a Bar Exam Blog, then flowed cleanly into the Unemployment Blog. The Drink & Party & Waste My 20's Blog soon followed, but I guess I got bored with that after two full years. What could possibly be next? What amazing thing can possibly follow all the amazing things that has preceded? WHAT IS THE NEXT CHAPTER OF MY EXCITING LIFE?

I'm buying a house, y'all. Heck yah! I mean, why not right? I'm old, I like to buy things with obscene loan payments...what other motivation do I need?

I blame some shitty-ass online calculator for keeping me from this decision sooner. I had no idea what I was inputting and a simple calculation is not good enough to tell you whether and what you can afford. That was about six months ago. Now, my upstairs neighbor is selling his apartment, so last weekend I went up to talk to the realtor about something unrelated, and ended up talking to this loan officer who, I won't say she was giving me the hard sell, but I was taking her sudden interest in my situation with a grain of salt...and over the course of the next half hour realized that I could, in fact, afford a house, and furthermore, am otherwise losing ginormous amounts of my pay to income tax, something I could avoid if I purchased property.

So I sat on it for a whole 48 hours, thinking....really? Can I? I mean, really? Then I sent out help lines to three of my friends who are smart and know about this stuff, as well as a co-worker who just bought a house two weeks ago and happens to be an investment know-it-all. In a good way.

The g sent me, for better or worse, to the Long and Foster website, where I've spent 40 of the last 48 hours drooling over pretty, pretty properties. Aaannnd forwarding listings to everyone I know and am more frequently starting to hear, "Yeah, you showed me that one. But it's nice! Yeah." Heh.

My new realtor (I have a realtor!) just left my place. I know that seems a little quick, but I would never have just picked a guy off the street, no, I picked him off the sign in my front yard of course. When he emailed me back he said he helped my current landlords find this place, too, and that actually means a lot to me, because my landlords are good, smart people, and I trust their judgment. After talking to him, I'm very convinced that he's a good dude, certainly moreso than I thought I'd be. He explained the entire process to me, and apologized for the brain dump, but it was extremely helpful. So tomorrow? Loan applications for good faith offers.

WOO I'M GOING TO BUY A HOUSE. I better go call my mom; she's going to be pissed if she finds this out online.

Monday, July 09, 2007

I'm just the evil twin

People that strangers have told me I look like in the past two weeks:
-- Chelsea Clinton
-- Mariah Carey
-- Oksana Baul
-- "My cousin"

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