I bought a house!
Hey friends! Brittney here. I just bought a house!! Honestly, it's not even in my name because I don't make enough money (YET!!!) so I guess my husband bought a house and he's letting me stay there ;)
Buying our first home has been such a fun (and sometimes infuriating and scary) experience, and I am so excited to share the process with you! It was a little bit different from the traditional home-buying situation (whatever that is) because we worked with a local non-profit called The Center for Great Neighborhoods (CGN) and actually purchased our home directly from them. One of the things CGN does is renovate abandoned/vacant buildings into housing, live/work space, and commercial space. Here's what they have to say about it.
"We’ve seen the impact rehabbing one vacant house can have on the surrounding community: it improves safety, helps to stabilize the housing market, and instills a sense of optimism in other residents. We feel incredibly passionate about this last one because we’ve experienced firsthand all of the great ripple effects that come from a positive attitude about the future of your community."
Anyway! Let's start from the beginning of our home-buying journey! Toward the end of 2016, my husband Sean and I decided that we wanted to start looking for our first house. We were on a month-to-month lease at our current apartment so we weren't in a rush and we figured we'd just take it slow and only make the jump when we found something perfect! We looked at about 10 mediocre homes and were honestly feeling really discouraged before our real estate agent mentioned a home that The Center for Great Neighborhoods would soon be rehabbing. I think we knew it was the one before we even saw it! But here's what it looked like when we actually did see it.
Unfortunately, we didn't get to see it before they removed the TWO additions that were on the backside, but as you can tell, it was in pretty rough shape. It had been abandoned for many years, but after seeing photos of other completed CNG homes, I knew that it would be a brand new house once they were finished. And yes, CGN does all of the work! We didn't have to source contractors or do any of the actual work, we just signed a contract in November 2016 with our intent to purchase and then we waited a very long 13 months for them to finish. And even though we didn't do/hire out the work, we still got to customize! We picked out cabinets, appliances, tile, paint colors, light fixtures, and other cosmetic elements. It was the perfect balance for us! Scroll through the process photos below!
The original structure of our house is from 1860! That's crazy! CGN completely gutted it, restored the original windows, and built an addition on the back. The roof and HVAC are new. The plumbing, electric, and pretty much everything else are completely new! It has given us so much peace of mind knowing that the work was done right and we won't be running into a lot of the same problems that historic home owners often experience. We got the charm of an old home, but without the drama! (YET!?!? haha) Scroll through the after photos below!
Stay tuned because I'll be sharing the 23,496,385 projects that I have planned for our new home and I promise I'll post about the fails along with the successes :)