Cue the search for a new place to live. Easygoing at first, but with increasing desperation. Every place we looked (that was suitable) was at least a hundred dollars more expensive than where we are now!
I didn't think we could actually BUY a place... I really didn't, but those rent prices were so very high, and I was getting more and more desperate, when finally I came to a breaking point and revealed my plight to a couple of friends.
Momo (who is a member here, but non-posting at the moment) pushed me to find out if I could get a loan, and wonder of wonders, we COULD! With no down payment, even!
Now our search expanded. No longer were we looking for an overpriced place to rent, we were looking for a place to live for our OWN <--double meaning unintended
The thing is... There's not a whole lot available around here that was doable for us! :( We found one place that was super-nice -- we liked it a lot -- but for one thing, it was more expensive than I wanted to pay, and secondly, there were stairs again. Somehow it just didn't feel like "home".
And so the search continued.
I researched and researched, Momo researched to give me help and advice any way she could, Lavendar (aka alloy, who is also a non-posting member) gave me moral support, and still, we could not find a good place.
This last weekend was really hard on me. We couldn't find a good place, two of the places that I was interested in were sale-pending, and we're supposed to be out of here by July 1st! The landlord sent us a registered letter stating that we CAN stay past July 1st if we need to, but there will be a $145 spike in the rent (to encourage us to LEAVE already!) Not like we don't WANT to
Then came my birthday -- Memorial Day. It was just as bad as the rest of the weekend until... My husband drove by a For Sale by Owner early in the evening and decided to stop. Long story short (too late! ) he went to see the house, then I went (because our profoundly autistic daughter had already had a bad day -- we weren't about to get her out again!), and...
I loved it! I walked in the door and said to myself, "This is it... This is where we're supposed to be!"
It's been a long and busy week, but after many phone calls, messaging, and a ton of research, we made our offer today.
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and it was accepted! The place is now in Escrow! WHEEEEE~!!! We're going to have a place to live! <--happy tears now
Now that's only part of the tale of joy!
We wanted to see how our youngest (the more-obviously-autistic child) to see some of these houses to see how she'd react... and it's a good thing we did!
The first place we took her she was terrified of. I'm not saying a little scared, she was literally trembling with terror!
The second place (the one we liked, but did not feel like "home") she went in to OK, and she looked around a little, but she just wanted to leave.
Then yesterday, we took her to see the place we've made an offer on. Oh my gosh, I could cry, just thinking about it! She ran in the front door, looked around all of the rooms, then went back to the living room, plopped down on the floor, and started rocking and doing her "I'm incredibly happy" yell. Ohhhh~!! If that's not a sign, I don't know what is!
So, we have a place to go, we all love it, it's beautiful, and the title company and bank are going to try to push this through as quickly as possible so that we can move ASAP!