Of all the places I have ever lived, this house was my favorite.
Somebody once told me that people either are moving away from pain or moving towards pleasure.
We were definitely moving from pain. We were miserable at our old house due to two neighbors. One held poker games several nights a week. 40-50 guys gambling and drinking until the middle of the night was going to eventually erupt into something scary. The other problem neighbor was an animal hoarder who kept multiple dogs outside 24/7.
We had a contract to build a brand new house. Then it turned out that the Army Corp of Engineers had not issued a required permit the developer needed.
My wife told me I had better find her a house fast!
I had shown the house we eventually bought to another client. It didn’t really impress me.
The price had just been reduced so I told my wife we could go see this place but I had been in it and didn’t think she would like it.
She did though.
I wasn’t too excited about it, but it was better than where we were living. We bought it on my oldest son’s birthday. I remember having to leave his party early to go drop off the signed contract to the listing agent. This was a few years before we all used electronic signatures. Today, I would have been out in the backyard with he and all his friends doing it from my phone.
We moved in. I woke up the next morning and it felt so good to have all the natural light flooding the two story foyer. It also felt good being on a dead end street. And knowing my boys were safe.
We had no idea what an awesome time was ahead of us.
There were lots of boys the same age as our two. A family across the street was in the same magnet program our boys were in. We carpooled a lot. We didn’t realize it when we bought the place, but it was just down the road from my oldest son’s best friend. My wife’s roommate from college lived about 200 feet down the road too.
It just felt like home. We knew our neighbors. Everybody was friendly. Our kids and all the other boys could play outside. The floor plan really worked well too.
This is what I hope to find for all of my clients. It feels really good when you touch base with somebody after they have moved in and they tell you they are loving everything about their new home.