The one where we become home-owners

Last weekend we started looking for a house to buy. It’s a really slim market at the moment – not many people are selling. Understandable, since most home-owners are going through the EQC claim process and are reluctant to sell under those circumstances.

But on Saturday we took a look at a couple of possibilities. The first one was a 1955s weatherboard bungalow. It has been completely redecorated inside, but still needed a lot of work on the outside.  It ticked a lot of boxes and we left feeling really positive.

And then we went to the second place. This ticked a lot more boxes. It’s summerhill stone – not popular, but low maintenance perfection for us. The place was built in 1972 and has been a family home since then (one careful lady owner). It looks like your grandma’s place, but we can see the potential. Yep, this was the one for us.

Since then, things have moved fast. We thought about it all day Saturday, contacted the agent on Sunday, presented an offer on Monday, and signed the contract on Tuesday. Now it’s Wednesday and we are on to engineering reports and lawyers and whatnot. And, all going well, we will own our home on the 17th of March.

What a great way to start our married life together 🙂

Front yard
Back yard

9 thoughts on “The one where we become home-owners

  1. Mama Bear February 16, 2011 / 9:19 AM

    Hey that is fab!! I know you will beat Stephen up if he doesn’t keep all that lawn mowed. (thinking of last back lawn which needed sheep on) Lots of room for kids and outdoor living. Absolutely super! xxx

  2. James February 16, 2011 / 9:22 AM

    I love that back yard, and all the windows in front.

  3. rachel_a February 16, 2011 / 9:26 AM

    Awesome work chick! So happy for you and Stephen 🙂

  4. Carolyn February 16, 2011 / 9:26 AM

    Very nice. I approve

  5. Neil February 16, 2011 / 9:49 AM

    Looks super. Congratulations to both of you.

  6. ange February 16, 2011 / 10:19 AM

    Hey … super cool … the back yard so reminds me of Nana Sloans. Used to love running up and down the paths!!! Luckily with a brick house like this, it would be pretty obvious if there was any earthquake probs.
    you also have to have a chuckle at the driveway grass … why did people do that??? I wonder if it is v. NZ … mind u, our driveway looks like that .. but not on purpose.!!!
    Congrats and hope it all goes through! oooh and you can grow yummy tomatoes

  7. Anton February 17, 2011 / 6:12 PM

    The reason for a grass strip is if the car leaks oil it want ruin the drive….

  8. Anton February 17, 2011 / 6:13 PM

    Ohhh.. So cool. Can’t wait to come over and play Island of Catan.

  9. Asgardsfall February 18, 2011 / 9:18 PM

    Yeah ange, it reminds me of nana Sloans back yard too. It will be a little different. Especially when we get rid of the greenhouse and shed and replace with deck and an outdoor spa pool.

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