Brian and I have been talking about buying a house for years. We wanted a pretty specific set of amenities, and I was especially picky. 5+ acres, less than 15 miles from town, older two-story farmhouse-style (NO split levels, ramblers, or ranch houses!), outbuildings, porch, and not needing a ton of work. Over the past year, we liked to look at houses in the country whenever we saw a for sale sign. Last month, we saw a promising property for dirt cheap and we had to look. Well, of course it was a total dump, but it got us thinking much more seriously about our future home. We've been saving for the past few years, although that fund took a beating when I lost my job working in the schools in 2010.
So, Brian was on a gravel road ride about 10 miles from town when he saw a possibility. It was on a large lot and had a big loafing shed (I confirmed with my Grandpa that was the technical term).
We went to look at it on Tuesday with the listing agent and she stood us up! I was so very angry, but we rescheduled to look at it this morning. It was amazing. All the things I had questions about going into it (the bathroom, the basement, if it would look as good as the pics) were better than I even guessed. We called the bank today and I called the realtor back by 4pm to put in an offer. I couldn't stand the idea of anyone else getting to it before us! So hopefully we will know more on Monday. I am just so excited, and I'm trying hard not to get my hopes up just in case... so keep your fingers crossed for us!
Also, even though we weren't necessarily 100% "ready" to buy a house yet, our excellent credit history plus a really cool loan program through USDA Rural Development will make it more than do-able. If you want to live in the boonies yourself or care to learn more about these kind of loans, I suggest you check it out!