Welcome to Part 3 of the series in which we chronicle our journey selling our house.
In Part 1, we talked about getting some bad news on (what we hoped would be) our next home. Part 2, we discussed the reason we think the house hasn’t sold yet. Today, I’m going to lay out what (we think) our options are at this point…. And there are a few.
So starting off, after the other house sold, the big question we had to ask ourselves was “Do we still want to move?” We’ve surprisingly wavered quite a bit on the topic lately. Mainly we hope to have another child soon, Wills Casa Dos only has 3 bedrooms means that my office will get displaced once we need another nursery. I work from home often, and I need a quiet place to get work done. It’s more of a layout issue than anything. The house is just under 3000 sqft, which should be plenty of room for 4 people. It’s comes straight down to the number of bedrooms. We could move the office into the master and still have room for Amber’s craft corner in there, but I’d rather not work where I sleep.
I feel like moving is the logical next step for us still. The problem is that we don’t know where we would move if our sold now. After a lot of late night conversations (which never ended up nearly as romantic as I would have hoped), we basically decided that we have 3 main options at this point:
Downtown Fort Worth ain’t too hard on the eyes. (via)
1. Wait for something in a neighborhood we like to pop up – This one definitely requires the most patience. The problem is we need our house to be sold, or at least under contract until we feel comfortable making an offer on another. The neighborhoods we like (near downtown Fort Worth) generally sell extremely fast, so we need the ability to strike quickly once another house we love pops up. The problem is the limbo time between our house selling and another one that we love popping up. Who knows how long that could take. It may never happen! (Ok, so that was a bit over dramatic)
Could we build a house like this for around $37k? Stop laughing, I was serious. (via)
2. Buy some land, hire an architect and build something wonderful – This one is really intriguing to me, but is the one that we’ve pursued the least of the three. If we did build, we would probably skew a lot more modern than in any other cases. Clean lines. Walls of windows. You guys know the drill. The problem is that neither of us have any idea of the ballpark cost for us to build something that we’d love. It may not even be a viable option once we get a quote.
Maybe we’ll just live out of one of these guys for a little while. (via)
3. Do something crazy – This is where it really starts to get interesting. Amber and I have been throwing tons of ideas into this bucket. All of them exciting, none of them conventional. What if we bought an airstream and just lived in it for a year and traveled around the country? Took an old barn and converted it into a place for us to live (a la Sarah’s House)? Move somewhere completely different for a couple of years (probably not that crazy for most, but most of our family is here and we have no real reason to move other than being spontaneous)? Or something crazier? All of these sound like a lot of fun. All of them are a little crazy. We’re still pretty young (I’m 27. Amber’s 28.) and if we were to do something like this, now would be the time.
So stepping back from the situation and evaluating our list of options as best I can, my answer to the earlier postured question “Where do we go from here?” would be a simple shoulder shrug and a mumbled “uh…not sure.” And I think I’m okay with that.
The first order of business is getting our house sold. After that, we’ll look at all the research we’ve done on these options (it will probably be a ton by them) and figure out what works best and makes us the most happy. I’m not going to lie, operating without a plan is a bit frightening, but it’s also extremely exciting. It feels like we’re at a fork in the road with no wrong paths. We’ll just have to see where this thing takes us.