We sold our house!!
YAY!!! I'm very happy, because we are now freed up to go and look for our next house. The house shopping is the best part of this whole darn process. The whole selling the house part was a huge pain, and moving of course is a huge pain, but... the shopping, that's the goods right there. We've outlined some of our criteria:
1) Big yard.
2) 2,000+ sq ft
3) 4 bedrooms, or 3 bedrooms + an office or basement
4) two car garage (three car would be crayyzzaayyy awesome)
5) location... hopefully somewhere close to a freeway. Right now we've broadened our search from Renton to Issaquah, Bellevue, Renton and anywhere close.
We're coming to realize that the best house is probably the most important part of the search. When we first started searching, it made us very uncomfortable to think about moving more than a few minutes farther away from our parents (and church), but now that we are getting a bit of a grip on what we want and need for our family, we're starting to look a little farther out. We know several people that have moved across the country multiple times, away from family, planting their family in a whole new community several times. It sort of makes us look like wimps when we complain about an extra 10 or 20 minutes to get to the Grandparent's house. We want the sort of house that has enough land, room, parking, etc so we could potentially stay in it as long as we wanted. Something we can create a home out of... host parties, have a play room for the kids, and generally raise our family the best we can. That's pretty much the most important part of our lives now. Judah is growing up, and we've got another on the way, and we're starting to realize that we've only got one good shot to raise these kids the best possible way we can. We need to do everything to gaurantee their futures, and that's more important than church, commute, or anything. Those things play a part, but mommy and daddy need to be the mommy and daddy- especially this day and age, when that's pretty rare.
We did haveto settle for a few hundred bucks less than we could afford, unfortunately, but we did manage to sell, which is great. The condo dues are going up to $408 a month starting in January, and it's critical we get out of here and stop paying insane dues, which hinders our financial goals a bit. We're literally paying for a $300,000 house on a $200,000 mortgage because of those stinkin dues. I'm so glad we're out from under it, and we can find something we can turn into our home.