Chris is happy to see that there is no PWD (post wedding depression) here. I have dived head first into reading anything and everything that I can on the home buying process. There is so much out there to read up on, and I feel better about educating myself (and Chris) before we make this big purchase. We've pulled our credit reports and scores and looked at ways that we can improve them (every point helps). I will admit that I've looked on sites like realtors.com and trulia.com to see what type of houses are out there. Creating a wish list of items we would like in our future house has been really easy, we were on the same page with so many features. The main factors we are looking for are: 4 bedrooms, 2 or 2.5 baths, 2 stories, 2 car garage, nice sized kitchen, dining room, decent master suite with bathroom & walk in closet.
This is our current favorite house via trulia, but doubt it will still be on the market when we purchase
We saved and spent a good amount of money on the wedding, which is good and bad. It's bad because we are currently building our account back up. It's good because it showed us that we have the ability to save for a big event, and taught us to budget pretty well. While on the road with Corinne (from Connecticut to Jersey), I started to think of ways that we could save faster. After talking it over with Chris, we have decided to stop wasting money in rent after this lease is up and move in with my parents. As much as I don't want to be one of those older twenty-somethings living at home (especially with my husband), looking at the savings was just too great. If we continued to rent our apartment, our rent would go up and we would be locked in for another year, or 6 months or be raked over the coals if we did a month to month lease. Moving in with my parents will allow us to save 3 to 4 times as much each month as we are now.
So while we save, I'll continue to read up and watch as many episodes of HGTV's House Hunters, My First Place & Property Virgins to gain any tips I can.
How did you start your house hunting process?