Invisible Poison in the Air

Me: I’m nervous about buying a house, because you never know what will happen with the neighborhood. What if it becomes totally crime-ridden or something?

Good Man: Oh. My. God. I am nervous to live, because you never know when you are going to die. I am nervous to breathe because you never know if there is invisible poison in the air. Oh. My. God. You are ridiculous!


Tuesday, May 22nd

Realtor emailed the listing agent of Charming House to ask about the reasons the home fell through. In one case, a new home came on the market that the buyers wanted, so they used the inspection clause to get out of the home. In another case, the buyer had concerns about the bowing wall. The seller had a structural engineer come in and the agent sent us the report. Realtor had actually used this structural engineer for his own home.

The structure could use carbon fiber strips for support, but it isn’t going to collapse.

So we wrote up an offer yesterday. Our Realtor uses a cool online signature system.

This morning, our Realtor emailed theirs and asked them to get a move on it.

A few hours later, the listing agent said that the seller didn’t want to haggle, and she presented the counteroffer, which included installing the carbon strips and a radon mitigation system (guess we don’t need to pay for a radon test).

We accepted, and then waited for her to fax over the paper. (Apparently she does not use the cool online system.)

And we waited.

And we waited.

We were supposed to get the paperwork this afternoon. At 4 pm, when we still hadn’t received it, I started to worry.

At 5:15 pm, when Realtor emailed me and said he was calling the agent every ten minutes because he was afraid she was shopping our contract.

At 5:32, I called my mom and cried.

At 5:46, Realtor said he was scanning the document for us. Good Man still wasn’t home.

At 5:50, Good Man walked in the door.

At 5:58, we received the email that the documents had been completed.

At 6:02, Realtor said that the fax had gone through.

A few minutes later, I stood up. Without thinking, I jumped and whooped. “We just bought a house!”

Good Man nodded matter-of-factly. “I know. I told you we would buy that house.”

6 thoughts on “Invisible Poison in the Air

  1. Congratulations, I can’t wait to see pictures of your new garden after you are finished planting next year.

  2. Congratulations Amanda & Good Man! Since this happened on 5/22, I guess you are still in escrow or already past that phase and moved in? Together, my hubby and I have been through house buying/escrow three times (our 1st home, then our current home, then our vacation home) and it is not a fun process.

    The first part of this post if awesome. It is so great when one spouse gets totally gets wacked out, the other brings them back into reality (happens to us too and we switch back and forth who is the one that gets wacked out depending on the topic).

  3. Thanks, Umma, David, and Amy.

    I am also looking forward to gardening. There is no landscaping at all, other than a giant rock in the front yard that we suspect came out when they were doing the foundation, so it’s a blank canvas!

    Amy, we’re still in escrow. I didn’t want to write about the process of home buying until I thought for sure that it would all go through!

  4. Congrats on the house. I have two small ones. The first one like Amyable said, “was not a fun process.” I even had some busybody neighbors getting ready to sue me because I removed two half-dead oaks and then planted several peach, nectarine, and plum trees in my front yard instead of useless trees that won’t feed me. Plus, they didn’t like that I removed the old, mostly-dead rose bushes and put in nearly a hundred asparagus plants.

    Now, the second one that I built, myself, on several, unrestrictive acres was a total blast, so much so, that I’ve offered a couple of places for two of my favorite siblings to start building their own mortgage-free small retirement homes next to mine.

    If I would have seen that you were looking sooner, I would have suggested that you look into getting a bit a land and building to suit yourselves, especially as the prices have become a bit more reasonable if using builders in this current economy.

    • Unfortunately for us, prices in the DC area didn’t fall nearly as much as in other parts of the country. The median home price in our area (in what are very much middle class neighborhoods) are in the mid $400s, and that’s including a lot of foreclosed condos for under $150k. Builders didn’t struggle here as much either (at least not the husbands of some friends who are in the business!).

      There is not a lot of affordable land where we want to live that doesn’t come with HOA fees. And we don’t want any sort of HOA. The lots we could afford to buy and to build on are all rather small.

      BUT! It is a dream to one day build our own little home on several acres of land.

      Also, I’m already making a list of fruiting plants I want to put in. :) There is no landscaping to rip out, which is good. Our backyard is much larger than the front, and I probably will do ornamentals in the front, but the back is going to food food food!!

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