the post with really big news

First of all, thebump.com informed me today that I have (give or take) 53 days to go until baby Moore decides to make his or her appearance. We also found out yesterday that our extension here at Fort Huachuca hasn't been approved yet. It hasn't been denied, but it hasn't been confirmed that Ryan's new report date is January 26th. So, with that in mind, we're honestly still on a January 2nd report date to Fort Drum. No big deal.

Oh wait...very big deal.

About a month ago, we decided to get the ball rolling with on-post housing at Fort Drum. We made the necessary calls, we submitted his orders...the whole shebang. We received a return call stating that we won't actually be put on the housing waiting list for Drum until we sign out of Fort Huachuca, which means that the 45+ day waiting list won't start until just days before we have to be on post in New York. With a baby and two cats, honestly, we weren't feeling it. So, we made the decision to look for rentals off post.

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Yeah, apparently the rental market in Watertown, NY is insane, and everything is way higher than Ryan's BAH (basic allowance for housing), which is stupid. Even with two incomes, we're not willing to pay an astronomical amount to a rental, when a mortgage would effectively be far less than we'd be paying otherwise.

And so, my friends, we've entered that insanely hectic and crazy process of buying a house...from across the country. Luckily, my father has been a lifesaver by vetting properties for us, friends have taken trips to look at houses and neighborhoods for us and Ryan is heading out in a couple weeks to look at five properties in one weekend and to (hopefully) leave an offer on our favorite one. The prospect of home-ownership is daunting, but we're so excited to have a place of our own, as well. 

Since we're looking at 4 years or more at Fort Drum, we think it's the best time to buy, and it will give us a property to rent out after we PCS again. Plus, it will give the baby a place to grow up off post for a few years, which is really big for us. But, we've had two of our favorite houses snatched out from under us because our realtor sucks, so we just ditched her and we're going directly through the listing agents now. It's tricky, but it's so so so exciting.

I'm sure there will be much more on this to come...but you know, why make things easy? A move, a baby and a new house in a few months? Seems reasonable to me! 

10 comments

  1. Good luck girl, it's no easy task... but once it happens, so worth it! Can't wait to see pics of possible contenders!

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  2. I am SO excited for you! We closed on our home in March and it has been one of the most exciting things ever. You will get a huge sense of pride from being a homeowner, and it's so much fun since it's yours and you can do whatever you want to it! We have done a lot of updating and remodeling here, and have SO many plans for much more of the same. I am so excited to see what the future has in store for you guys with your future home! Also, Watertown is only a couple of hours away from me so if you ever find yourself in Rochester, let me know!

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  3. Wow! Best of luck to you with the house hunting, it definitely sounds like it would be the best decision for your situation. Esp. so you have things lined up when baby arrives! You're already going to have your hands full! I can't imagine house hunting from out of state, but my SIL's husband is in the airforce and they've had to do the same and it worked out well. Fingers crossed for you guys!

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  4. So exciting!!! Good luck with the house hunt - I am sure you will find the perfect one!

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  5. Good luck with the house hunting! It can be stressful especially with all the family stuff added. Everything will work out though! (That stinks that you couldn't get on a housing list before you move. I have never heard that before.)

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  6. oh my goodness girl, you are my hero. I barely survived buying a house in the same town, but look at you! I'm so excited for all the exciting upcoming goodness for your little family:)

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  7. I know how you feel! And trust me it really is all worth it once you're moved in. We bought our first house in September and I am due in November! It has been a crazy couple of months, and my husband has worked so hard but it has all been worth it!! Our baby girl's nursery is almost finished. She is due in less than 5 weeks, and we have truly been enjoying our new home! It'll be a tough transition bur oh so worth it! Good luck with the house hunt! Looking forward to your updates!!!

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  8. aw yay how exciting! stressful, but exciting. sounds like the best option :)

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  9. Good luck with finding a wonderful new house!

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