So as I mentioned in the last post, Paul and I have been on this adventure. We are looking for another house in Oregon. This will be something that we will use on long weekends, vacations and holidays until we retire. It will then become our full time home.
We have a pretty specific list of must haves. It must be a single level home. It will probably be a fixer upper, and thats okay. We are more interested in location than condition. It is really important to us that the house be located in Bend, not in one of the surrounding communities. We want it to be centrally located. We want a nice neighborhood with neighbors that take care of their property.
We've made 6 or so trips to Bend this summer to look at properties. With each of those trips our list of must have's has evolved.
Case in point...
We found a house that we really liked. So much so that we made an offer on it. We were in competion with three other offers, but ours was accepted. While we were waiting for the bank to approve our offer we changed our mind...because the house was in a neighboring community and not directly in Bend.
This is the house we were days away from purchasing.
It was everything we thought at the time we wanted.
Then we changed our minds.
It was the right house, but it wasn't in the right place.
So we withdrew our offer to the other waiting bids to happily moved forward with it.
And so our search continues, but now we know a little more about what we will accept and what we won't.
Its all a learning experience.