new york, I love you

I got back to Fort Huachuca very late last night…or very early, depending on how you look at it. To say this weekend was a whirlwind would be the world’s biggest understatement, but it was definitely productive, too. I got to Boston late Friday night, then my dad and I drove up to the Watertown, NY area early Saturday morning. We met with our amazing realtor mid-afternoon, and we previewed 7 houses that day. 7 houses, my friends.

Some of the tows around Fort Drum are really old, quaint and nice. Some, however, are really not so nice. There were two houses on our list that Ryan (via FaceTime) and I decided not even to enter. One had a lot that was so tiny, we could actually hand something from our window to the neighbors. The other had a hoarder next door. Two were new construction and it’s debatable that A) they’ll be done in time for our PCS and B) are asking way too much money for corner lots on busy streets. One was backed up right against a 30 foot cliff drop to a river…I didn’t see that ending well. One was nice, but had too much square footage, and it had a weird amount of built-in cabinetry in every single room.

One house though…one house was just right. We loved it online before I went in person, and we loved it even more following the walk-through. We loved it so much that we went back the next morning, and we put in an offer. 

Then, after signing my life away and making certain that Ryan could do so from here in AZ, we hopped in our car and headed back to Boston to get on a flight back home. Here’s how the first two hours of the car ride went:

Our realtor, Vicki, called and said that the seller countered our original offer. They came down $4k from list price, but were $4k over our original offer. They offered to throw in the snowblower we lusted after in the garage.

I called Vicki back and we countered $3k more than our original offer ($1k below their counter) and requested the snowblower.

Vicki called back and said the seller countered back with the original counter offer, but added a John Deere riding mower in addition to the John Deere tractor.

We accepted.

^^^ view from the front stoop and across the street

^^^ view of our massive .5 acre back yard…with what will be our fire pit next summer

Ladies and gentlemen, the Moores are under contract with their very first home! I don’t want to jinx anything, as there’s a long way to go, but I’ll give you those two hints of our backyard and our front yard because, well, we love it. If all goes well, I’ll be posting pics of the actual house…SOON. We’re hoping hoping hoping that everything goes smoothly in the next few weeks/month so we can move on time and to our dream first home. Prayers are much appreciated!