The Journey

Friday, May 12, 2006

House hunting....exciting or stressful?

My wife and I are looking to buy a house. We have looked at like 10-15 houses and have kind of exhausted our choices at this point. We like a couple of the houses, but now the pressure is on. Do we buy one out of the ones we have seen that fits our needs the best or is the best investment, or we just plain like? I don't think any of them fit all the criteria.
Secondly, we started by looking at Town Houses, but decided against them because we wanted a yard and stuff. You know, kids could be on the way in a couple of years, so I thought it would be kind of nice to have a yard for them. However, this option has arose in discussions again. They are generally newer and a little nicer than the homes we have been looking at so far. I guess we will just wait and see where things go. Please pray that we get clear guidance. Whether that guidance comes directly from God or is mediated through those older and wiser than us!


  • At 8:18 AM, Blogger Chris Good said…

    Answer for me...Stressful!

    Couple of comments in our past search. Even if Mesha is pregnet today, it will be over 2 years before a yard even matters.
    I know many familys that do well in a town home. Usually there is a lot of yard and it's taken care of for you. You just can't put your own swing set or something like that on it.
    I would say go where your going to be happiest for the next 5 years.

  • At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Brad Chamberlain said…

    Hey John,

    Good luck hunting.... I'd be happy talk to you and Mesha about Jul and I's experience if you'd like.

  • At 10:59 AM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    I agree with Chris, look at us- 3 kids in 3 years in a 2 bedroom townhouse. It's not the place that makes it a home, it what and who you fill it with. Plus we hate yard work for this season of life. how do you play with the kids while you are mowing the lawn. Just my opinion! I know you guys will find the PERFECT place. We looked for a year before we felt God had chosen this place for us.

  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger Lori said…

    I think it is both exciting and stressful. The stress can be less if you plan, discuss and discuss some more of each persons expectations in a home and what really is the top 5 things that you really are shooting for in a home. We are on our second built home and even though we feel it is pretty close to a dream home for us, there are still things we would have done differently or made larger, etc. etc. I don't know that anyone can find their flawless home or at least having nothing they wouldn't change. Our method is writing it out, listing the pros and cons and comparing them. We certainly are praying for discernment for you guys!

  • At 5:37 PM, Blogger John Torkelson said…

    Thanks so much lori...We really appreciate it! It means a lot that everyone is praying and helping us in this process. I really like the listing pros and cons thing. Thanks for the words on town homes too. If we go that direction, we will feel more confident because of the advice. Thanks!

  • At 7:13 AM, Blogger The Charlebois said…

    Yikes - I remember that. JP and I looked at more than 40 houses before we found "the one." But take advantage of the market!!! It's completely a buyers' market out there right now, which means you have lots of time to look around, keep your finger on one page while you look at some others, etc. In the end, I would say look for "the" house and don't settle until you've found it - God desires the best for you and Mesha, and He wants to give you the desires of your heart.

  • At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We have had a chance to enjoy every kind of home establishment. An apartment or living with the in-laws to having big houses right down to having a townhome. I think its only human nature to want more than what you already have but always ask, "What is God speaking to me?" We have a townhouse and our children play outside with no problem. When we had our own yard our children still wanted to go to the playground or on bike rides and many other things that did not involve having our "own yard". Our advice would be, make sure that your house payment is comfortable for your income. God will provide for us but he still wants us to think respondible.

  • At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    UPDATE... ME!

  • At 5:58 PM, Blogger Neiss Family said…

    We looked for 3 years! I would say that you need to realize that your first house won't be your last house. Make your list of wants and needs and then prioritize that list-we did and in this home we got everything on both lists except the jacuzzi tub-and I was fine living without that for all we did get. As your family grows and various needs change you can make moves when you are lead to later as well as now! I am excited for you-but give yourself time in searching...who knows your dream house (for now) could go on the market next month! Don't settle! :)


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