Thursday, March 13, 2008

on the hunt for a house....

I am LOVING house hunting! For those of you that don't know, Ben and I have been looking at houses the last few weeks. I guess technically I should say BEN has been looking at houses, but he is letting me put in my two cents about which house I like, etc. I think it's pretty swell of him to let me help decide even though I won't be living there for quite sometime. (Maybe it's just cause he knows my taste is better than his. hehe)

We've been meeting with the Realtor the past few weekends and perusing through different homes. The first weekend we looked at houses on Mud Island. These homes are all newer homes (most built btwn 2000 - 2005), with big bathrooms, big closets, garages.... but no yard. At all. The floor plans are spacious, open, and inviting. It's also one of those neighborhoods where there are about 7 different styles of homes, and they just keep repeating. You don't noticed that the houses are pretty much the same though, because they are all different colors, and various architectural details are different from home to home. But for the most part it's a lot of the same house. A plus to living down on the Island is that it's on the river with a great river front park close by, it's convenient to downtown but you don't feel like you're living in a city.

The second weekend (this past weekend) we went and looked at the High Point Area. This is an older part of town in East Memphis. These houses were built anywhere from the 20's - 60's. They have a lot of character, and just about all of them have been remodeled and upgraded. The thing with this neighborhood is that the houses are smaller, there isn't much closet or bathroom space at all, and none of them have garages. BUT! They have huge yards.... and the neighborhood is just so nice and cute. We did find one house that we both really liked. It's actually two doors down from where our friends Jenny and Haden live. The only thing that Ben isn't 100% sold on is the fact that there is no garage.

We will be going out on Saturday for our third and hopefully final house hunt. The area we are looking in is Mid-town. The houses we've picked out to look at look really cute online but we've seen these past few weeks that just because it's cute online, does not mean it's cute in person!

Ben's lease is up on his apt. the first of July. So he's not in a huge huge hurry, but time is getting closer and closer for him to make a final decision. Hopefully after this weekend we will be able to narrow it down to 2 or 3 houses and then weigh the pro's and con's of each house. I'm praying the the Lord will lead us to the right house. A house that Ben feels comfortable buying and can afford. Even though it isn't my house - I can't help but be excited about it!

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