We Bought a House!

Oh boy…have I been waiting a while to write this post! Yes, the title reveals it all….we bought a house!

keys-001You guys all know I had some trouble finding a home here in Chicago from this post & then from this post. But I am so happy to announce that our search is finally over! Cue the confetti, happy dancing, and champagne celebration!Casey-Finn-Mike-Champagne-Celebration

New-House-KeychainLast we chatted, we were still actively searching for a 2 bedroom/2 bath unit in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. We spent a solid 3 months looking online, going to showings, and even bidding (and losing) on a place we both thought  was “the one.” Then in mid-June, we found it. The place had actually been on the market for a few weeks and I had just overlooked it because it was a bit over our budget. It was a light week with few new properties on the market, so we asked our realtor to set up a showing…because why not?

Many of you shared your home buying stories with me, and so many said they walked into their current place and just knew it was the one for them. That’s exactly what happened to us. We walked in, looked at one another, and gave each other the look like…”this could be it!” The pictures online didn’t do the space justice. It was in pristine condition, and totally checked off the “big living space” on our must-have list. I think the property was overlooked by other buyers for a few reasons. 1. It was priced a little too high (more about that in a minute) 2. Some of the walls had some crazy colors on them (lime green master bedroom walls….) 3. The furniture layout in the family room wasn’t doing the space any justice. We were able to overlook these things to see the potential in the home, and ultimately I think that’s why we got it.

We put in an offer the next day and then had quite a few days worth of negotiations. Man oh man, chatting about money is never fun and I was on edge throughout all of those days thinking, “What if they laugh at our offer and say we can’t buy their home?!” Luckily, we were able to negotiate and we reached an agreement where all parties ended up happy. Our realtor was a lifesaver throughout the entire process and never made me feel dumb for emailing her 42 times a day with questions. (Seriously if you’re in the Chicagoland area and need a recommendation, email me. She rocks!)

Insta-new-home-champagne-cork-keyFast forward about 45 days, and Friday was our CLOSING DAY! Yep, we’re officially homeowners and got the keys to our new home over the weekend. I didn’t want to fill you guys in until everything was signed, sealed, and delivered…but I’m so happy I can finally spill the beans!

So what now? Well, get ready for a ton of new home posts. From moving, to saying goodbye to our rental, to decorating a much larger space on a dime…we’ve certainly got our work cut out for us. But it’s going to be a ton of fun and I’m so happy you guys will be with me on the journey.

On Thursday, I’ll be back with the before pictures of the space (don’t worry…they’re a coming!) and then we’ll chat about paint colors, and new flooring, and furniture, and home maintenance, and DIY projects…(wow I’m getting overwhelmed thinking about this mile long to-do list!)

And I must end this by saying THANK YOU for all of your support and encouragement throughout this crazy process. So many of you commented and reached out to share your own stories of becoming a homeowner and that made Finn & I feel like a million bucks. Knowing that you all had our backs definitely helped us keep our spirits up when the market was looking dismal. So thank you for being amazing readers and amazing friends to us. We’re lucky to have you and I can’t wait to invite you into our new home (well at least virtually!)

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  • I am SO freaking excited for this! Congrats!

    We fell in love with a home recently ourselves – our first! Catch is, it still needs to be built and we sign the contract for that next weekend. The whole money talk thing is so frustrating and scary, isn’t it!? The lenders have driven me INSANE this week. I’m expecting them to ask me for a blood sample any day now.

    Yay! I can’t wait to watch you decorate. I’m right behind you… lol

    • Thanks so much Kimi! I’m excited for you! That sounds amazing. And how fun that you get to build it yourselves and choose all of the finishes. I’m jealous.

      Good luck with all of the next steps. I’m sure it will all work out wonderfully!

  • Heather

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see the pictures!!!

    • Thanks so much Heather! Before pictures on the blog Thursday….

  • Trang

    Many congratulations! What relief huh to have found THE home for you. Looking forward to seeing the make-overs.

  • Michelle Conn

    Congrats!!!!!! i knew you would find “THE ONE” and now that other one is a distant memory. I am so happy for you. It is such an amazing feeling.

    • Thanks so much Michelle! And you’re right…”the other one” is a distant memory. 🙂

  • Summer Hogan

    Congrats friend! Can’t wait to see it!

    • Thanks Summer! Can’t wait to see you in September.

  • Yayyyyy! Congrats!! Cannot wait for all the posts to come. 🙂

  • Congratulations!! We’re under contract on our first place over here (knocking on wood like it’s my job…) so I’m extra excited to see your space and follow along as you put your stamp on it. I’ll be taking copious notes. 🙂

  • Delighted Dwelling

    Congrats!!! Can’t wait to follow along!!

  • Ashley Sorrick

    Ahhh! Congrats!! That’s so exciting and I’m so glad you found a house you love! Have so much fun and can’t wait to see pictures!

    • Thanks Ashley! We are thrilled and I can’t wait to get started with these makeovers!

  • Congrats!!!! I can’t wait to see the transformation and follow along!!! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Elise! There’s lots to be done, but it will be so fun!

  • Katie

    Congratulations!! Ah the 24-48 (72? I forget!) hours the sellers have to respond after you submit your offer or counteroffer were the worst! Can’t wait to see the space and see it evolve.

    • Right? So much anxiety! Happy we’re finally in the clear and can celebrate.

  • Congratulations!! So excited to see it (virtually) and see what you do with it!

  • Emma Byers

    Congratulations Casey and Finn! What wonderful news. I’ve loved following you both these last few months and seeing you receive this news is so great. I hope you make many happy memories in your new home. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    • Thank you so much Emma. That is so sweet of you.

  • Janeska Canuelas Olivieri

    Congratulation!! so happy for you guys can’t wait to see new projects and awesome ideas, God bless!

    • Thank you so much Janeska. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

  • Colleen Bansley

    I am so happy for you and Finn! What an exciting chapter in your lives, and I can’t wait to read about all the DIY projects and updates!! You guys were so easy to work with, perfect clients! You trusted me and my experience in this field and you listened. It is not always easy when there are so many emotions and price tags attached to this experience. So thank you for putting your trust in me to help you find a home, and to help you go thru the steps of getting the keys to your new home!! Cheers to you and Finn!!

    • Colleen,
      We seriously can’t thank you enough! You were wonderful to work with and didn’t mind that I emailed you 500+ times as we looked for our home! Thanks for being there for us every step of the way. We’re lucky to have you!
      Casey