North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

Opinion

July 18, 2013

Danielle Cater: Checking attitudes at my newly-purchased door

COMMENTARY — What would you consider the hardest part of finding a new home? Would it be the process of finding a place that everyone in the household agrees with? Would it be the financial process of finding a lender with the lowest rates and getting all of the paperwork for approval? Would it be the actual move?

The answer is YES — all of the above is the most difficult part. I can say this with full assurance because I have just recently bought a new house, and the whole process is somewhat overwhelming.

Finding a house in the general location that you have in mind, that is in your budget and has enough room to house a family of six is frustrating, redundant and very taxing on your patience. It seemed like we looked at the same kind of house in the same general price range for over six months. Every day we searched websites and got houses from our agent, Mrs. Cindy Dodd, and off we would go. Sometimes we could tell by the moment we pulled into the neighborhood that it wasn’t the house for us. Other times we would go to a house two or three times to get the feel of it, but without finding the satisfaction that we needed in order to call this house our home. We put a couple of bids on houses that didn’t get accepted for different reasons.

And then one day, it seemed as if the Lord Himself had smiled down from heaven. We found a house that we felt was perfect for our little family and quickly put a bid on it, then waited to see if we were going to get the house. The news came back that we didn’t get the house, so we sadly continued our search. A few weeks later we got a call from Cindy telling us that the other contract on the house had fallen through so we quickly bid again, this time putting all of our eggs in this basket, and thankfully, we got the house. Elation came over us and our family and friends.

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