Yes, I can barely muster up the courage to type this since that wonderful, yet un-final word of ESCROW is our current reality right now. I questioned whether or not I should share here on the blog until we close, but I feel even if for some reason things fall through, this is an experience worth remembering and sharing with others. After years of house hunting but never having the true feeling it was time to settle, we finally found the right neighborhood with the right house at the right time. I’m still pinching myself and will continue to do so until escrow closes. Everything so far has been a pleasant surprise. It’s easy to feel hopeless up here when it comes to real estate in the bay area. (Brad jokingly sent THIS listing to me lol) It definitely feels like everyone is running around like chickens with their heads cut off at times. But we found this listing through our amazing real estate agent, stopped by the open house, both got a sense of excitement after viewing, and decided to go forward with an offer.
We’ve made 3 offers so far since living on the peninsula. We very quickly learned that homes never go for asking price up here. At least not at this time they sure don’t. We also realized only sending in our offer wasn’t going to be enough. Selling a home can be a very personal affair. If I were selling a home, I’d want to feel like we were leaving the place in good hands. Memories are made there. Blood sweat and tears go into owning a home. We wanted to reach out to the sellers letting them know that WE are the buyers they wanted. We wrote a letter describing who we were, what we did, talked about the kids, and let them know how their home would be a dream come true for us to raise our kid in. We even described little personal details like how we had to drag Samantha away from the play house the seller built in the backyard because she loved it so much. After crossing our T’s and dotting our I’s we sent in our offer and letter and just prayed. The next day our realtor called us with very interesting and wonderful news. She said our offer was not the highest… in fact it was the 3rd highest (so at this point I’m like, yep, we lost the home)… but then she said the sellers really appreciated our offer letter we sent and DECIDED TO GO WITH OUR OFFER!!!!!! AHHHH!!! Can you believe it! I was/am so thankful to know that there are still people who have a heart and aren’t all about the money. We are so thankful and Lord willing, if we get this house will be so abundantly blessed with this home.
So, if any of you are in the market for a home whether or not your particular market is super competitive, I would highly encourage sending in a letter stating your desire for the home you want. Not only will the seller most likely really appreciate it, but it might give you a leg up on the other offers coming in! So that’s all I’ll say for now until we close. Please keep prayers sent our way that we do get the home. Thank you so much for all the love and support, especially from family who have all journeyed through this long process of finding a home with us. Very exciting times to come!!!