Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Peaceful Retreat

Tonight I'm feeling a little frustrated. On the eve of the 11 offer we've made on a house I'm waiting for our real estate agent to call. But I don't really need to be eagerly waiting by the phone, I know the drill. The sellers met with their agent at 5pm today to review the offers and as the clock ticks by I'm sure there's some happy person(s) signing paperwork.

I don't know if anyone is familiar with the California real estate market but it's the pits. Homes are going 100+k over asking price. Yes. One hundred thousand dollars. Growing up in the Midwest, Paul and I could easily buy a mansion for the price of a fixer out here. Our offer tonight is on a fixer upper.

It's challenging because, while we both want a place to call home, I'm not willing to be "house poor." I do have Ellie and Wilbur after all. So we're sticking within a comfortable budget and making offers that seem be to appropriate for the comps in the neighborhood. And frankly, the last thing I want to do is throw all my money against a wall and walk away feeling like a sucker paying too much for a 1200sf 2 bdrm 1+ bath. Call me crazy.

I found my solace in the barn tonight. I don't know about anyone else but I am LOVING daylight savings! And I am the weirdo that goes out to the barn after work, not to ride, but to hang out and graze Ellie. I don't want to jinx anything, but something just feels really right about this horse, the barn, the program. In times of stress (stupid houses) it's so nice to have a peaceful retreat and a fun companion!


  1. I understand completely :) I am missing having those kinds of days

  2. Totally understandable. My ground time is forced but it's nice to just take a breather and have an escape.

  3. Quick update- sellers are having trouble choosing between 5 offers but we'll know by noon tomorrow! Fingers crossed!

    1. How exciting! Sending you good luck!

  4. I found your blog and love reading up on your horse life. Congrats to you and Ellie :) Wishing you nothing but the best - maybe I will see you two at Sonoma Horse Park this summer.

    All the best!

  5. 100k OVER? Wow. Um... I can't even imagine. I'm going to go ahead and guess that you could probably snag a 1200 2b 1b here for 100k and only have limited fixing to do. Of course, it's not California.

    Glad you are enjoying Ellie.

  6. Good luck. I can't imagine trying to buy a house in Cali.

    Glad Ellie is giving you some peace and relaxation!

  7. We got bit out time and time and time again by cash.. who has that much cash?!


    House hunting sucks!

  8. What you just wrote about houses costing $100k over asking price just terrified me greatly.