Tomorrow, we gain possession of our new house. Actually, we may even get the keys tonight, which would be perfect because we’ll be able to clean it a little bit before we move in.
It’s really been a whirlwind. In less than a month we’ve made an offer, had our financing set up, had a home inspection, signed the paperwork at the notary, set up home insurance, AND had a couple issues found in the home inspection fixed. Oh – and the people we bought the house from live in Australia, so the time difference definitely made things a bit more challenging.
Even with boxes packed up all around me, it’s hard to believe that Kyle and I have bought our second house. It’s all so surreal that we’re going to have an amazing, big house to grow in. I seriously can’t wait!
Really, it’s hard to believe that anyone at the age of 25 owns two houses. A lot of people think that we’re just renters in our townhouse, which is annoying but understandable. Not a lot of 20-somethings have their poop together well enough to buy a house, let alone two. How do we do it? Patience, and sacrifice.
It took us almost two years to save up for our townhouse, which was relatively easy since Kyle’s mom was giving us a good deal while we rented her house. We also didn’t waste our money on things we didn’t need. We’re very much a “make do” couple where we have to be.
We don’t go on expensive holidays (neither of us have passports!), we don’t have expensive car payments, we’re not loaded up with student debt, our credit card balances are almost always zeroed out when the bill comes. Savvy, we care.
That being said, our luxury is food. We eat well and generally don’t skimp out on satisfying food cravings. Kyle did buy a new truck, but after getting a great deal and really doing his research. We’re firm believers in not living outside of our means. Ever watch “Til Debt Do Us Part?” The host would be proud of our money managing skills.
So, how the hell did we manage to buy another house? Well, add the above to Kyle’s new job and more sacrifice. I’d really like a new car, but there’s nothing wrong with the one I have (at least nothing that warrants a new car). Every chunk of change we put away into our savings account brought us that much closer to a new house. When we want something, we go for it!
So, here’s to our new house. I really hope renting the townhouse works out, at least until the rental agreement is up in June. If the tenant wants to stay, that’s fine. If not, we’ll try selling.
Bye bye townhouse!