Home is Where the Heart Is… Right?

I never realized how important buying my first home would be. Nor did I realize the effect it would have on my marriage. After just about seven short weeks of newlywedded bliss, my husband and I decided we were ready to buy our first house.

And now, we are about to wring each other’s necks.

We’ve both been apartment-dwellers for the past four years here in Atlanta (I bounced around 5 apartments in those 4 years), and this is the first time we’ll really be able to call a place HOME. Our home. I have to say, it’s been a little scary!

Are we making the right decisions? Asking the right questions? Getting a good enough deal? From inspections to appraisals to stipulations to FHA to “declining markets” – it’s hard to tell what’s what let alone what’s right. And it’s been even harder on the two of us. Never in our relationship have we butted heads like this.

When I really think about it, I know it’s because buying a home is so much more than making a purchase. It’s starting your life. A home makes you imagine so much more than paint and floors and walls, but how you might eventually build a family, and the kind of person you want to become.

Maybe I’m overthinking it, but to me, a new house means new possibilities. It means growing up and being responsible. It’s more than just a place we’ll stay for a little while – it’s OUR first major purchase together as a married couple.

Well, it’s been a bit of a journey, but we’re happy to say that we’ve finally found a place we love, and hopefully we’ll be moving in within a month or so. AND we’re beyond the “killing each other” phase to actually getting excited! (Don’t worry, just wait until we have to paint the walls…) Wish us luck!

What was your experience like when you bought your first home? And how did you cope!?

*This photo was taken by ChrisKWM

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5 Responses to “Home is Where the Heart Is… Right?”

  1. Tiffany January 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Buying a house is nerve wracking!!! Fortunately, we slid in just before the whole housing market crisis, so it was fairly smooth. Just an enormous amount of paperwork and stuff. Congrats!!! Just wait for the day you get your keys and step inside your home, knowing it’s yours! It’s such a great feeling!!!

  2. Lindsay Lebresco January 16, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    What a cute post, Kelly. No- you’re right- it is a big deal and it is quite symbolic. But a home, just like a marriage, like with kids, like in life in general, nothing is perfect. And you’ll hear this time and time again, but compromise is the answer to everything. Everything except decorating the house with music posters, deer antlers and drinking memorobilia, that is. (who am I kidding- as I type this, there is a pair of deer horns right above my head!) The other corny but true thing- you’ll come out stronger on the other side- ’tis true! Congrats on the new home! Can’t wait to see pics :)

  3. Kate January 19, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Hey Kelly-
    Congratulations!! That’s fantastic that you guys have found a place you both love.

    Good luck (and have fun) making it into home!
    -Kate

  4. Clarissa Nassar January 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    My hubby and I moved across the country and bought our 1st home. It was insane the entire time because we knew almost NOTHING about the area. We Googled as much as we could and met with a few relators to get a feel for the area. After so much house hunting we settled into a small town. We love it here most of the time hee hee.

    It’s nerve wracking but, worth it! :)

  5. Kenton Sevedge May 12, 2010 at 3:34 am #

    Thank you for the nice hunting hints. I appreciate it. Thank you again!

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