Casey is Dating…

Did that title grab your attention?! Ha! No, the Mr. and I are still blissful newlyweds enjoying our first year of marriage! So no I am not “dating” in the traditional sense. Instead, we’re still shopping around for a home here in Chicago, and to me it feels a heck of a lot like dating.

computer mug zillowEven though I don’t know much about dating (I married my high school sweetheart), I do believe that finding your dream home is very similar to finding your dream man. From my observations of the dating world in 2015 (via rom coms and my single girlfriends), I have to say that dating and buying a home sure do have a lot in common.

There’s ups, there’s downs, there’s jealousy, there’s lust, and of course there’s times when you want to sit in the fetal position and inhale an entire tub of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Let me prove it to you…

gif-tinderTHE “SWIPE LEFT” IMMEDIATELY: So everyday we receive the newest listings via our realtor. I anxiously await this email everyday (is it sad that that’s the highlight of my day?) and instantly peruse the potentials. There are plenty of properties where I immediately click “not interested.” Maybe it’s a house where the train runs through the backyard….or perhaps it’s a ground unit that reminds me of a jail cell. Either way, I’m checking the little “not interested” box and moving forward. I think this is equivalent to “swiping left” in Tinder. Like the guy who’s profile pic is him taking a shirtless selfie in the mirror. Swipe left. Or the guy who’s bio is less of a humblebrag and more of a braggy brag. Swipe left.

gif-crying-ice creamTHE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: A few weeks ago, Finn and I found a home we both adored. Great location, great size, amazing outdoor space. Yes, yes, yes! We immediately put an offer in (at list price!) and waited on pins & needles for 24 hours. Turns out, we got outbid. To say we were crushed would be an understatement. We were both devastated. Not only were we already picturing the memories we would make in that very home, but we were both feeling a sense of relief from finally finding our home. Everyone told us that “it just wasn’t meant to be,” which really didn’t make us feel that much better. That home will always be the one that got away…

gif-reboundTHE EX YOU CREEPILY STALK: So “the one who got away” has since turned into “the ex we creepily stalk.” We just can’t stop thinking about that home! The info is still up online for the home, and we can’t help but gaze at the photos and admire the roomy kitchen and dark hardwood floors. In fact, I find myself comparing photos of new potential places side-by-side with the one we didn’t get. If we do buy in the area, I’m sure I will always think of that home every time we walk down that street. Sigh…

gif-sparkTHE REBOUND GUY: After getting our heart crushed from “the one who got away,” we picked ourselves up and vowed to get back out there. We found a charming home to see and told our realtor to set up a showing. We should have love this home. It was everything we had been looking for from the start. But our hearts just weren’t in it. It was simply rebound real estate. Our thoughts were still on the other place, and even though this one was perfectly acceptable..there was no way we could make it work and feel good about our decision.

gif-online-profile-lieTHE ONE WHO LIES IN HIS ONLINE PROFILE: There are plenty of properties that seem like they can be “the one” when you view them online. The pictures are wonderful, the location is ideal, the amenities are top-notch. But then you visit it in person and you’re horrified, and immediately want to walk out the door. “How did they make this room look so huge online? We can’t even fit a twin size bed in here!” This is similar to the guy who lies on his online profile. His profile picture is from 10 years ago…he’s never actually gone surfing even though he claims he’s an ex-surfing champ…and that luxury condo he boasted about, is actually the corner of his parent’s basement. Yep, don’t be fooled by online profiles.

gif-not into itTHE ONE WITH NO SPARK: We’ve seen plenty of homes that are good on paper that we should love, but the moment you step inside there is just no spark. I always try to picture our furniture in there, and think about how we’ll make dinner in the kitchen, or have friends over to BBQ. But sometimes I can’t envision the future in some of the properties we visit. This is like the guy where there’s just no spark. He has a great job, a friendly family, and is kind and thoughtful…but you just don’t have that connection. You should like him, but you just can’t pretend to be into him.

THE ONE WHO IS A LITTLE OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE: We’ve bumped up our budget a few times throughout this home buying process as we determine exactly what we want and don’t want in a future home. Boy oh boy is it tempting to peruse the properties that are just over your top price tag. Ohhhh man, I’ve made that mistake. In the beginning of the home search, I would constantly email Finn links with comments like, “It’s a little pricey…but we could negotiate! ;)” Trouble is….you can’t really negotiate in this market. You have to be ready to pay list price, or even more! So looking at those oh-so-expensive properties is a big no-no and we’re doing our best to stay within our financial comfort zone.

gif-the oneTHE ONE: Well, we have yet to find the one. But I do think that when we find it, it will not be exactly what we anticipated from the start. We may have to make some sacrifices, or alter our budget, but hopefully we’ll get that feeling in our guts that it’s the right home for us. I’m sure many women dream of their future husband, and end up with someone who isn’t exactly who they pictured as a young girl, but it’s someone even better and more perfect for them.

So single ladies, I know how you’re feeling…dating is an exhausting ride, full of drama and emotion. But I truly believe that no matter what is going on in your life (you’re single, married with kids, living in your dream home, or looking to buy your own place), you have to trust the process and know that in the end it’s all going to work out the way it should.

I’ll leave you with one of the biggest (& perhaps most true) dating cliches of all…

EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.

Now if I can just convince myself to believe those words, then everything will be alright. casey_sig

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  • Kjaydee

    You may not know this because you married your high school sweetheart, so there is no “one that got away”, but when you find “THE ONE”, the one that got away is no longer. The one is the only one who matters. I’m pretty sure it’s the same for house hunting. Good luck!!

    • You are soooo right! Thanks for the encouragement!

  • We re-located to Indy from Chicago, so our search was a bit different. But I totally feel you on the “one that got away”. We had a handful of those because by the time we got to Indy to physically look at them…they were gone. It was really frustrating! But I agree with the commenter below…when you find “THE ONE” it will put all those “one that got away” out of your mind. Because if you don’t LOVE it…then move on. It’s a huge investment so don’t buy something you don’t absolutely love. But I have a good feeling that you’ll find something soon!! 🙂

    Also, our realtor gave us a good piece of advice. If you really want a place, and think it could go for list price, sometimes it’s better to offer just above it – even $1k. And also with a ‘clean’ offer if you can. We don’t know for sure since offers can’t be disclosed, but our realtor was almost positive that’s how we ‘won’ our house. We were up against 4 other offers too. Even though I knew the moment I walked in our house that I wanted it, I had to convince myself we would never get it.

  • Hahaha, this made me rather happy to not be dating AND to not be looking for a house. Both sound a little brutal!
    We’ve been in our house for 9 years and we still talk about the one other house we almost put an offer on (and only 2 blocks from where we live). I love our house but feel like we could have been very happy there too.

  • Lisa Muhs

    HAHAHAHA for not dating, you seemed to understand it pretty well!!! Loved the comparison. PS I am never buying a house…

    • I’m sure you could have come up with lots of other great categories for guys…I should have consulted you on the blog post for advice! And yes..homebuying is not for the faint of heart.

  • Michelle Conn

    Having only purchased our house less than two years ago, I remember this “game” all too well. We had TWO get away, that we were both beyond devastated over, but now that we have found our house and are turning it into our home, we barely remember those two. Living in a smaller town, we drive past both fairly often and actually smile at them now knowing that they are now someone’s home, that they, hopefully, love as much as we love ours.

    You will find the house that is meant to be your home. I promise 🙂

    • What an awesome story Michelle! I’m happy to hear that “the one who got away” will someday be outta my mind for good 🙂

      Thanks for the support & encouragement!