Wednesday, 30 June 2010


So, Dan and I bought a new house today.

It is bee-autiful. Great condition, three bedrooms, rumpus room, double garage, big lounge, big kitchen, outside deck, two separate toilets, spa bath — not bad for a first home! I know, technically Dan already owns his house so it's his second home — but it's my first. And man, I love it already.

The offer hasn't gone unconditional yet, but we've offered and they've counter-offered and we've accepted, so as long as the builder's report and LIM report don't show anything untoward, it's all go.

Settlement isn't till September, and in a way that makes me sad because, dammit, I want to move in to my beautiful new house already! But it's good really because I'm still studying until October, so until then Dan and I are a one-income couple (unless you count my student allowance, which is barely worth counting — certainly not able to maintain a mortgage).

We spent a lot more than we'd originally planned to, but I don't regret it. We were looking at another house, which could have been about $30,000 cheaper, but if we had bought it and spent $30,000 doing it up, there's still no way it would have been as nice as the house we have now.

So overall: happy. Still lots of stuff to sort out, moving to do, insurance to get, documents to check. But I have confidence it'll be fine. Now that the initial offer worry is over, I'm not concerned. September will no doubt be here before we know it, although the wait may feel interminable.

But none of that matters.

We have a new house.


Malcolm Gregory Love said...

Congratulations on your new home, Ruth! Hope it has lots of bookshelves!

Determinist said...

Congratulations! That's a huge step. Enjoy the new house.

Do you have a writing room planned yet?

Ruth (Book Focus) said...

Ooh! I didn't, but as soon as I read that, I suddenly realised which room would make the PERFECT writing room/library!

Although now I come to think of it, it may not be wise to have the library and the writing room in the same room....

Determinist said...

Glad to be of service. ;-)

I think library and writing room can go together, at least for the first cut. The rule is though, "quiet in the library."

stacybuckeye said...

Congratulations! Buying your first house is very exciting. It's only later that you realize how much work it is ;) Have fun!