One of the reasons I started this blog was to show people that you can do/achieve anything, no matter your income or social standing. My “DONE” series features Bucket List items I’ve done/achieved. They may vary in size and importance but the message I always want readers to leave with is that they too can achieve their dreams.
One of the top goals I wanted to cross of my life list was buying a house. I think it’s safe to say that many people aspire to owning a house. It’s part of the “American Dream.” I wanted to write about accomplishing this goal first because it wasn’t an easy goal to accomplish. That’s the thing about having a life list, crossing stuff off isn’t easy. It takes time, planning, and sometimes investing.
In February 2010, my husband and I sat down and made a plan to purchase a house. It was after the housing crash and the timing felt right. Talking about buying a house is exciting and stressful. The ability to dream about your future home is the fun part but the long road in between is daunting.
With various governmental aids in place, our dream seemed a little closer than ever before. The down payment didn’t necessarily have to equal the traditional 20%, but there was still work to be done. With our apartment lease up in 18 months, we decided to aim for August 2011.
What work needed to be done?
Hindsight is 20/20
In retrospect, I’m happy that our journey to home-ownership was derailed by having a child. The house (if you want to talk semantics, it’s actually a condo but WHATEVER) we ended up buying was newly constructed. We scored a great deal from the builder that paid for all of our closing costs AND we were able to witness our house being built.
My point is, no matter how long or how far a goal may seem, don’t give up. Some days may seem harder than others but you will certainly learn more about yourself along the way.