After a marathon run through eleven houses yesterday (we already know the area, so we were able to get right down to brass tacks), we finally found what we’re looking for… It was the second to last house that we saw, and it has pretty much everything that we’re looking for (including a forest in the backyard).
We ended up making an offer last night. While we have yet to hear anything back from the owners, we’re quite hopeful. In other news, the lowballers came back with a much stronger offer. They’re now pre-approved, and they: (1) increased their offer considerably, (2) dropped the request for the ‘forbidden’ items (our refrigerator and the Rainbow play system), and (3) put down $2500 in earnest money instead of just $500. All this without us having given an inch. As it turns out, we won’t need the refrigerator if we get the house we’re trying to buy. Not only are the current owners leaving their fridge, but they also have black appliances, which would make our big white fridge look pretty out of place. While we’re going to leave it out of the negotiations for the time being, our fridge could become a bargaining chip as soon as we’ve agreed to terms on the new house. Anyway, they’re now close enough to the ballpark that we’ll engage them with a counter offer, so we’ll see how it goes from here.
For more information on moving, check out my Roadmap for a Successful Relocation.