A lot has happened since I did my last Buying a Condo Update #1, so I wanted to do a quick post today to share
First of all, we got a different realtor. The one we had before was someone J’s mortgage specialist recommended and even though he was efficient enough, he just wasn’t the one. He also kept sending us listings of condos $50K over the price we wanted to pay, knowing that J could technicallay afford more but didn’t want to pay that much; which showed us that he may have been more concerned with his commission bonus rather then helping us find our dream condo within our ideal price range.
My boss recommended her realtor and I’m so glad she did because working with him has been a dream. He is well-respected in the community and well above retirement age but still helps people find their dream homes because he loves his job that much. I can’t recommend enough how important it is to find a realtor that you like and trust. It really does make a difference in your journey to buying a home.
We looked at 3 other condos with the new realtor that had potential but we couldn’t seem to get the first condo that we looked at months ago out of our minds. (I talked about it’s charm in my first update.) J & I were even super cool and decided that wanted to observe what the neighborhood was like on a Saturday night, so 2 weeks ago we went to Krispy Kreme (where I tasted my first Krispy Kreme donut!), grabbed some donuts and hot chocolate and drove out to the condo to do a stake out. I think I’ve been watching too many cop shows but it was actually kinda fun haha. We observe the people coming in and out of the condo to see who our potential neighbors could be and we could tell right away that it was a safe and quiet neighborhood.
After our little stake out, J & I knew that was the place we wanted to buy We asked the realtor to arrange another look for us which we did last night. This was my second time seeing the inside of the place and as cheesy as it sounds, I fell in love all over again. We told our realtor that we wanted to put down an offer. He asked us what price we wanted to put down. J & I already had a low-ball offer in mind. We told him the amount thinking he might say it was too low but he surprised us when he suggested one thousand lower! I literally wanted to reach over the table and hug this great man haha.
The seller has 24 hours to accept or counter our offer, and we’re prepared to negotiate. I’m literally sitting on edge with anticipation, excitement, and nervousness as I type this post!
Wish us luck friends!