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October 31

It’s Official

Felix and I bought a house!

We signed lots of papers, handed over a fatty check, and we are the proud new owners of OUR home.

It’s kind of surreal.  We’ve spent 8 months looking for our home & it’s hard to believe we just bought one!

Our Realtor, Seth was at the closing with us and he had a surprise waiting in his car after we got all the papers signed:

He went and bought us tools.  It’s like he knows we’ll be working on the house or something! heh

Seth Captain of Captain Realty

Seth@captainrealty.net

773.744.5372

And you can contact him on his site directly here too.

But really, it was so incredibly kind of him.  He’s been the best Realtor we could have hoped to work with.  He never once pushed us and gave his advice when we asked for it.  He was always careful to reserve his own thoughts as not to sway us but was a great guide when we needed it.  He was patient, honest, fun, and full of integrity.  Thanks so much Seth!!!

Right after signing all of our documents, Felix and I drove down to the house for the first walk through.

Felix holding the one magical key to the front door.  (This was the one image I’d been waiting for… the keys!)

After doing a walk through & getting freaked out by loud thuds and rustling in the attic (hello squirrels) we went out for a celebratory drink and meal.

While walking through the house, it was eerie.  We were of course very excited to have bought our first home – yet it was still strange.  It was as if we were walking through someone else’s house and it isn’t quite ours yet.  Felix and I had the same exact feelings about it.  (He’s written his feelings far more elegantly than I have here.)

Last night was the first time that Felix and I were alone in the house; we’d always been accompanied by the Realtors (ours or the seller’s).  And coming from renting apartments all of my adult life, it’s strange that we’re the only ones in the building.

Once we start doing a bit of work and once we move in, I’m sure this feeling will change.  And slowly the house will feel like home the more we’re in it and making it ours.

Cheers everyone & thank you again so much for all of your helpful advice last week!  Felix and I have read and re-read all of your comments – they are so helpful and kind.  You guys rock!

P.S.  Happy Halloween!

 

  1. Rosie Wednesday / Oct 31 2013

    Congratulations!!

  2. F. K. / Oct 31 2013

    Congratulations! I so look forward to the day when I buy my home. And Happy Halloween to you too! Good luck on making your home your own!

  3. Tasha / Oct 31 2013

    That’s the best TREAT ever for Halloween!!! Congrats again, so excited for you guys. :) :)

  4. Annette Tirette / Oct 31 2013

    Congratulations! My boyfriend and I moved into our first appartment together about a month ago and at first it just felt like we were on vacation or something… But I bet it’ll feel like home once you get some things unpacked!

  5. Michelle / Oct 31 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Liz, Felix, I’m so excited for you guys! I know that you’re going to create an incredible living space in your new home. It’s really cool and really exciting that it’s finally yours! Also, your Realtor is 100x infinity cooler than ours. UGH! I’m super jealous. I’m excited to hear all about your new adventure!

  6. K-Line / Oct 31 2013

    Woohoo!

  7. Ginger / Oct 31 2013

    Yay! This is such happy news! Congrats, you guys!

  8. Stephanie / Oct 31 2013

    Congrats! :D

  9. Sarah C. / Oct 31 2013

    Congratulations! I am so happy for all of you, including the buns! May your home be a place of warm memories, hearty laughter, and wonderful creativity for years to come.

  10. Meg / Oct 31 2013

    Darling, I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! Congratulations on finally getting your keys and your new home!

  11. Cactus / Oct 31 2013

    Congratulation! Home Depot and Lowe’s will become your new favorite stores, trust me! lol It’s more work than an apartment, but the trade-off is well worth it. You can paint the walls any color you want and hang pictures any place you want. Enjoy making it your own!

  12. Taracat / Oct 31 2013

    Yay! Congratulations! Got there in the end :)

  13. Katy / Oct 31 2013

    Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed reading about the process – it’s so different here in the UK!

  14. Bonnie / Oct 31 2013

    So SO happy for you both. It will be such fun following your journey to bring that charming old lady back to life. (I’m praying and holding my breath in hopes that those really are Just squirrels in her attic. Yikes.)

    • Liz / Oct 31 2013

      OMG Bonnie! I never even thought about the possibility of it being something other than a squirrel!!! heh Adventure to ensue very soon with this one!!!

  15. Liz / Oct 31 2013

    Thanks so much you guys! So many more house pictures and posts to come. :)

    First stop: Appliance Shopping!

  16. Kate-Em / Oct 31 2013

    Congratulations on your new house. Hope you have lots of happy times there.

  17. Debbie / Oct 31 2013

    So exciting that it’s finally official! Congratulations!

  18. Marie / Oct 31 2013

    Yay, yay, yay! How bloomin exciting…please share some internal photos with us in good time! I’m dying to see the inside!

  19. Sarah / Oct 31 2013

    Congratulations!!! Bring on the renos!

  20. Rachel / Oct 31 2013

    Congratulations! Love it :) As to your housewarming present… that’s a great one :) We love the Ryobi One series- it was VERY useful when we did our floors last summer!
    Can’t wait to see how you deal with the house!

  21. Shar / Oct 31 2013

    Congratulations! I was creeped out by my house too before we started fixing it up. My husband kept saying it would come out great and of course he was right. And you’re right too – it will become your home with each personal touch you add. Have fun making it yours!

  22. Vicki Kate / Nov 1 2013

    That is so awesome! Congratulations to you both!

  23. Gail / Nov 1 2013

    Congratulations, Liz!

  24. Kelly / Nov 1 2013

    Congratulations!!! That is so exciting! I can’t wait to see what you do to make it your own :)

  25. Ruhan / Nov 1 2013

    Congratulations, Liz and Felix! I’m so happy for you. You did have the best realtor EVER! Please give me his name and number. He seems like a very good person. I hope I get to visit your new home sometime. Enjoy!

    • Liz / Nov 1 2013

      Hey Ruhan, thanks so much!

      I’ve chatted with a few people about Realtors recently and it’s made me even much more aware at how great our Realtors Seth truly is. :) He was very professional, but incredibly down to earth and was invested into US getting the perfect home for US (not at all about getting his commission.)

      I added his contact info above, but here it is again for you:

      Seth Captain of Captain Realty
      seth@captainrealty.net
      773.744.5372

  26. Erin B / Nov 2 2013

    Congratulations! The best feeling in the whole house buying process for me was that moment when I sat eating pizza on my living room floor surrounded by boxes and cleaning supplies. I looked around me and realized I was home.

  27. Jenni / Nov 3 2013

    Congratulations on your new home together x

  28. Erin / Nov 5 2013

    Liz, Welcome to Hyde Park! It is a wonderfully unique neighborhood to live in. Even though we only kind of knew each other in high school, if you ever need a hand….seriously….send me an email. My fiance and are would be so happy to help!

    Best,
    Erin

  29. Elena Knits / Nov 13 2013

    Congratulations, Liz! I’m so happy for you :D

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