We just came back from some good friends of ours’ California wedding reception (congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Wang!), where I got to catch up with my lovely Janet. Oh, how I miss the candidness of our conversations, and how I can be completely uncensored with her and know that she’ll still love and accept me always.
Anyways, she made some smarmy remark about how I haven’t blogged in a long time. So here’s an update.
House hunt! For those who don’t know, after much prayer and thought, RJ and I have decided to try to buy a condo or house by November 30th, to take advantage of Obama’s First-Time Homebuyer Credit of $8000, which we would put towards a down payment. What we pay for rent now is more than what our mortgage would be for up to a $150,000 house or condo, including taxes and insurance. We don’t have much money, however, we want to be good stewards of what God has given us and invest in something that we would own and put towards another house one day. We would love a place of our own with more space, to open up to having staff and students over for dinner, Bible studies, discipleship times, to house overnight guests, etc.
RJ and I found a house that we love across the street from where the new UCR Medical School will be in 2012. We took a leisurely drive through the neighborhood initially to gauge how safe we felt, and it seemed very family friendly. Kids were running around outside, meaning parents felt it safe enough to leave their kids out. There were pretty decent cars parked on the street, meaning people weren’t afraid their cars would get broken into or stolen. It was pretty ethnically diverse, which I think will be really fun. And I think it’s close enough to campus to where students would be able to stop by pretty easily.
The house was bought by an investor as a dump and was flipped. New windows, new carpet, fresh paint, new laminate wood floors, new roof, etc. This is a huge plus for us, as some of the condos in the same price range were complete DISASTERS, absolutely disgusting, with missing windows, gross paint jobs, holes punched and kicked in doors, poop looking stuff on the floor, disgusting kitchens, the list goes on and on. Our realtor said we’d have to put in at least $5000 up front to make them liveable, which is money we don’t have. So we like that we would be able to move right in to this place. Another plus is no HOA fee, which is like $230/month at the condos we were looking at.
We put an offer on the house two weeks ago, and hadn’t heard anything for two weeks. We offered about market price, and found out right away that there was another offer significantly higher than ours, as well as seven other offers. The first week, we called our realtor every other day to see if he’d heard anything. He seemed pretty pessimistic that our offer would get accepted because of the higher offers, and after a week, RJ and I began to lose hope as well.
Two nights ago, we got a call from our realtor, who said the investor accepted the offer that was a lot higher than ours, but for some reason they backed out. The investor called our realtor to see if we were still interested, and then told him that it was between our offer and two others. What?? We thought we were already out of the running!
What a reminder of what little faith we have, how quick I am to forget that God is Lord of all, that He reigns, that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and that He can provide for us just the right house, no matter how much greater the other offers are. We won’t know until Monday or Tuesday whether our offer is accepted, but we have a renewed hope in God. Even if our offer isn’t accepted, this reminder that God can take away giants has helped me to remember and believe that it’s not because our offer wasn’t good enough, but because the house wasn’t good enough in God’s eyes to give us.
If you think of us these next couple days, please pray with us about this house! The market is SUPER tight now. Our realtor was saying that last year there were over 3,000 houses on the market in the area. There are currently about 400 on the market, which lots of buyers are fighting over. We want to trust God for the impossible. This is definitely something impossible! Never in a thousand years did I think that my missionary husband and I would be able to buy a home in our first year of marriage. But God works in crazy and unpredictable ways…this time, through our government!