Yup, Jarrod and I are now bonafide (Chrome is underlining ‘bonafide’ and wondering I actually mean ‘debonair’.. no Chrome) home owners! We (when I say we, I mean Jarrod walked in the rain, I was drinking cider at work) picked up the keys on Friday afternoon after a nervous day of waiting for settlement to be completed. There was going to be a potential hitch in our settlement but, fortunately, everything went smoothly.
Funnily enough, the settlement was probably the least stressful part of the whole process. If there is one thing I’ve learnt from buying a house, it is that it’s very stressful and frustrating and confusing. You have to deal with 3 separate parties (Solicitor, real estate agent and broker) who only tell you the parts of the process that are relevant to them. I found the real estate agent to be the worst, pushy and rude and just an overall jerk. Although, are there any real estate agents in the world that aren’t jerks? Unfortunately, I’ve never met any.
They all say they’ll keep you in the loop as well, then they don’t. I feel like if they all just were nicer to each other and didn’t snark and blame each other for hiccups the process would probably be a whole lot easier. It seemed that no one was ever at fault for anything, it was always something someone else did. I don’t know how people do it every day. It would drive me crazy.
At one point, I considered just giving up and renting forever because it was easier. Obviously Jarrod would never have let us do that but I was just over all of the crap we were getting put through.
We’re on the homestretch now though, we visited a few times over the weekend and made our first home purchases – some solar lights for the garden – and considered what else needed to be done and what else we just wanted to do, you know, because we can. I wish I had some decent photos to show but it’s been rainy and gloomy for more than a week here and my photos turned out pretty poorly.
Overall, I’m glad we went through with it because the place has everything we wanted; a nice kitchen, 2 storeys (Jarrod wanted stairs), a downstairs toilet, an ensuite and a decent laundry. Oh, and NBN (basically faster internet). We also got a whole lot more which I’ll hopefully be able to show when we’re there on a nicer day.