So I'm in the process of trying to buy a house. I've saved up the money and it's past time I got out of my parents place (which is part of a long story involving my getting unexpectedly divorced and having the kind of pets that makes it difficult to rent). Anyway, I think I found a house in a nice, modest neighborhood. It's small, just one bathroom, which may be the reason why it's been sitting on the market for six months. But for me, one bathroom sounds great. One bathroom means it's about $30,000 less expensive than the other houses in the neighborhood (really, who would have a thought a single bathroom could make such a difference, but I guess it does if you're considering buying a home for a family of four or more).
Anyway, for reasons that are too boring to go into, I only submitted my application to get pre-approved for a home loan on Friday. And on Saturday I went and saw this house again, to make sure it was in good shape and worth putting in an offer.
And there were other people there...other people looking at my house! Or at least, that's how I started thinking about it, even though I've been doing my best not to think that way because I don't want to be disappointed. I know buying a house can be competitive, but seeing other people looking at this place instantly made my anxiety go from a 3 to a 9 on a scale of 10. Which logically, I know is stupid. It's just a house. There will be other houses. And just because other people are looking at it doesn't mean they're going to place an offer. But that's not how the brain works, I guess. Or my brain anyway.
The good news is, once I got out of there, my anxiety levels plummeted again and I was able to go back to thinking of it as just a house. But there really was something about seeing other people looking at this place that made me panic. I can't stand the idea of competing with other people this way. It makes me so nervous.
But that's over now. I've decided to place an offer and we'll see how it goes from there. Hopefully my bank will get back to me on Monday about that so I can get this thing out of the way. It'll be disappointing if someone else gets in a bid first, but not the end of the world. At least, I keep telling myself that.
Send me your real-estate juju. I'm going to need it.
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