Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Signing the Purchase Agreement

Our appointment to sign the purchase agreement was today.  We were NOT prepared to make all the decisions today.  I estimated the appointment would last about an hour.  It was over two hours.

We get to the Model Home and both Patty and Brian are there.  This is the first time I have met Brian.  We sit down and we start to do the paperwork.  He advises me that he does not think my house is going to fit on the lot.  When my dad and I had plotted out the home on Sunday we had plotted it with a 20 foot set back.  We knew that the house was on the top of the hill and the back of our house would be visible to the WHOLE development.  But, I thought it was the only lot that it would fit on.  This is why we chose 76.  We also chose this lot because for some reason I really want the garage to be on the Right Hand side.

We walked across the street to Lot 76 and he told me that my lot doesn't start until 17 feet from the road.  So now this is a 37 foot set back.  Also, since the home would be on curve, the builder would have the home face the curve and not parallel to the road.  We took the tape measure and measured where the house would be.  The back of the morning room would end just as the back yard made a pretty steep downward slope.  Yes we would have adequate yard areas on the front and side, but we would have no backyard.  This would not fit a baby and two dogs....

Brian advised we go take a peak at a different lot.  There were two other lots but I refuse to live on another Cul De Sac.  I can't say that it would happen, but the house in the Cul De Sac always ends up being the house all the kids in the neighborhood end up in!  Working from home in the summer time, this is NOT an option.

Lot 95 is the last house in the development.  This development butts up against another older development.  We mapped out the house on this lot.  We will not have a whole lot of space on either side of the house but our backyard should be AMAZING.  And I have trees!!  And there is a farm back there!

The VERY best part??  Right hand garage baby.  I send the photo's to David and he likes this one much better than Lot 76.

Lot 95 down in the lower left hand corner

Here is our LOT!

I took this to show where our land ends.  There is a marker behind the big tree in the upper right hand corner.  This lot is about 15,013 sq ft.  Perfect.

So my excitement fades quickly when we get back to the model and not only do I have to pick all of my options now......the estimate they gave me for my 3 car garage was slightly understated.  How much you ask?  $4200!  Ok.  Not quite that bad.  I can handle that.  Then we start to go through the kitchen features.  I knew what I wanted.  I opted for the stainless and added the cool faucet David played with during the tour.  Then they ask me is if I want the morning room.  "Yes".  Do we want the Optional Island?  "Sorry?  Optional?  It's not included when you buy the morning room?"  Apparently not.  "How much?"  Ugh...that price plus the difference in the garage all in 15 minutes just yanked my hardwoods right out from under me.

Obviously subject to change but Options I chose:  

Morning Room
Optional Windows in Morning Room (2)
3 Car Garage
Elevation L (not C)
Espresso Cabinets (I was vetoed off the gate in regards to wanting white cabinets)
Gourmet Island
Laminate Flooring downstairs except in Family Room and study
Level (B) Carpet in remaining rooms and upstairs with upgraged pad
Nickel Finishes
Fireplace on side
Upgrade to Stainless
Upgraded Moen Faucet kitchen (David LOVED this silly thing)
42" Cabinets with molding package
Upgraded Owner's bath with Carerra Tile surround and Tile Flooring
Double Vanity in Owner's bath
Ceiling Fans in all bedrooms, loft and morning room
Recessed lighting in Kitchen and Family Room
Floodlights outside Morning Room
Gas Range hookup (pleasantly surprised when I found they now mount microwave over range)
10x12 Patio off Morning Room

Guardian Appointment which covers all your wiring and electronic placement is scheduled for June 1 - Budget: $1,000 (should I leave David home?)

Photo of The Rome - Elevation L
(mine will be 3 Car Garage)

Loving the Gray with the Beige. 

This is NOT my house but this is similar to what I want.

Love the blue shutters on this one

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Model Home - The Rome

Happy Mother's Day to me....and all of you too!

Today we went and toured the model home again with my parents.  I told them to keep an open mind as they are VERY Traditional.  The loved it.  I think my mom is jealous of the island.  I mean who wouldn't be? Two adults could easily lay on it!  It would be a bit uncomfortable but this thing is HUGE.

When I first mentioned to my realtor that I didn't want the island.  She looked at me sideways and asked "Have you seen this island???".  Now I know what she means!!

Here is the kitchen in the Model Home.  I really like white cabinets better.  I hated the floors.  The countertop is also a bit dark for my taste.

Here is the map of the development.  Today we mapped out how our home will fit on LOT 76.  It's a really big footprint house and we want the additional morning room and a 3 Car Garage.  I put a deposit down to hold Lot 76!

Here is a picture of the Model Home.  I believe it is Elevation M.
I really like the combination of the gray and beige.

Model Home

Irish Thistle Shake Siding
Sandy Tan Vinyl
Elevation M Cottage Style
Board & Batten Shutters in Dark Berry
Black Fox Door

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Everything seems to be falling into place...

I've decided on a builder and home I really like.  We want to stay fairly close to the area we are now so the neighborhood is perfect.  RH purchased about 25 lots in a fairly new development.  I showed them to David and he is in agreement that it is the PERFECT house for us!  I have been on the Ryan Homes website EVERYDAY for the last week.  I convinced David to go look at another plan since I couldn't find the one we wanted available in this area.  As I was looking at the home yesterday, right before my eyes, the model of the ROME came open.  I called them just to make sure the website wasn't lying to me!  I was super excited.

We get to the model and it is a different elevation than the one I like.  I think I would like to do elevation C but I have to research the models a little bit more.  When we arrived at the home it appeared there was a woman purchasing a home!  Already??  The model has only been open for a little bit.

I guess I was so excited, I only took one picture of the home and that was the kitchen!  That is the best part of a house isn't it??

We toured the house and decided that we weren't going to close in the loft.  We like the way it was open at the top of the stairs.  David loved EVERYTHING about the house.  As did I.

We went back into the kitchen and filled out the information sheet.  Patty (Sales Rep) was there to talk to us and she was so very nice.  She sat down with us and did a preliminary dream house to list what it was going to cost.  We were shocked to find out with some upgrades we would be able to afford this easily.  We looked at the available lots and I really liked Lots 85 and 76.  Out of the 25 lots RH built only 12 are still available.  And only a handful will fit the Rome.

You can imagine my panic.  My perfect house.  My perfect neighborhood.  It was going to get away!  When I got home and you know I was online staring at this house, my Realtor called.  I told her how excited I was and she advised that I try to call the RH Lender, NVR since I had already been pre-approved by another. I Immediately called Patty back and asked her.  She said the lender was not open today but that she had a worksheet she could do and that would tell her if I had a shot.  We went through the worksheet and she said I shouldn't have ANY issues securing pre-approval.  She said if I came back in tomorrow, I could put a hold on the lot of my choice.

I made a pact with David that we weren't going to mention this to anyone since we weren't that far into the process.  I backed soon as David went out, I couldn't help myself and called my mom.  She wanted to see the house and will be her first thing tomorrow!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Let's see if we can sell the Hathshire

The Realtor came to look at our home today and I showed her pictures a of a home I really like.  She looked through and told me all of the things that I need to do to get the minimum sales price of our house.  She also told me the things we need to do to to get maximum out of our house.

What she thinks the house will sell for is exactly what we had in mind.  Things are working out so far!