Our Real Estate Agent, Scott, took us out searching for a house today. It hasn't been easy trying to find something that A) we can afford and 2) isn't a "short sale" and C) is in good enough condition to pass an FHA inspection.
But I think we did it. The house fits all three of my previously stated criteria:
1) It should have enough room to have my family over. Although the kitchen is a little small, there's enough room to put a table up when company comes, and a living room that should fit at least a dozen people. In addition, there's a finished basement that would be a perfect "jam" room for Hubby and his musical friends.
2) It should have a yard we can use. This house is on a quarter acre, with a flat, grass yard with a nice tree in the corner for shade. In addition, it has a DECK on the back which overlooks a view of the city.
3) It should have enough room for Hubby's "stuff". There are three bedrooms, as well as the aforementioned finished basement, AND a garage. If that ain't enough room, he's got too much "stuff".
The only thing I don't like about the house is that it's in Manchester, which is about 20-30 minutes further north from where we are now. That's going to make my commute to work go from 3 minutes to 30. Hubby's work will be about 10 minutes longer. It'll be further from some of the family. But......I can live with that. I really don't believe we'd ever find a better house for the money. This house is being sold for about $50K less than the value......instant equity.
Now we wait to see if the seller's financing is going to be approved.......and then we can start packing!