Friday, December 28, 2012

A house and a ring for Christmas!

We bought a house! 

It has been quite the rollercoaster finding ourselves a house to buy let me tell you! We started looking back in January and spent many an evening on real estate websites and many a full Saturday going from house to house deciding what it was that we were looking for. 

There was the time we put an offer in on a house just to test the water and saw online the next day that it had gone under offer while we were still thinking about it. There was the time when we put an offer in on a property and bargained back and forth until we and the vendor agreed on a price only to get a call 3 hours out from signing the contract to say we'd been gazumped. Then there was the time we agreed on a price with a vendor after a week of negotiating, got through our 10 day cooling off period to find we needed more time, got more time only to find that with less than a business day left we'd been knocked back on our mortgage insurance even though we'd got the loan.

This house didn't come without it's ups and downs during the settlement process either. It took 5 full days to get our offer through to the vendor in which time we were stuck in a bidding war with another person. In the end the real estate agent walked around to the vendor's house to tell them the house had some keen buyers. Since both our offers had reached asking price at exactly the same time on the same day the vendor decided whoever could get to the real estate agency to sign the paperwork first got the house. Let me tell you there was a bit of speeding on that day to make sure we got there in time!! Not to mention that the day of settlement the solicitors all turned up to the wrong spot and took a full hour to meet somewhere in the middle just to swap and stamp our papers. Sheesh!

It's been worth every hurdle along the way though and we finally got the keys to our first home on the 19th December. We officially moved in last Friday which means we've been living here a week already! So needless to say our silly season has been extra silly with the move and cleaning out our old apartment and handing the keys back. Along with seeing lots of friends and family around the festive season. No wonder I've been hit with a nasty flu just this mornining.

But wait there's more - we're engaged!

A couple of months ago we booked in a little holiday down the coast to clear our heads and get away from all the house buying nonsense that was going on. Since we found the house it meant that our holiday just happened to be right in the middle of our settlement period. 

While we were down the coast we went out to a beautiful dinner at twilight overlooking the rolling conutryside and surrounding dairy farms. After dinner we had a glass of wine and wandered down to the beach to lay under the stars and suddenly my boyfriend was down on one knee proposing! 

So it's been a whirlwind of joy at the end of a long year. Getting engaged, buying a house, moving in just before Christmas and sharing our future plans with friends and family.

I'm now adjusting to living in the Blue Mountains and looking down at my beautiful ring everyday which makes me feel very blessed.

So things may be pretty quiet on the blog for while as we get our house done up but I hope to take some photos to give you a little house tour once we get proper Internet up and running.

Happy New Year, bring on 2013!


  1. Wow! Congratulations! What an eventful month or so!

  2. Aaahhh, the beautiful Blue Mountain - great choice. And congratulations on the engagement, and the new home - certainly 2012 was a year of 1st's for you. All the best for both of you in 2013 - it will be a great year...

  3. Congratulations, you must be so happy! Buying a house is so stressful, then fixing it even more so. My advice is take heaps of photos every 2-3 months you'll be amazed at the difference is! Hope to see photos soon! x

  4. Wow, two of the big ones at once! Well done and congratulations!

  5. WOW what amazing news, congratulations!

  6. Oh WOW! What a story to tell :) I really feel for you with almost an entire year of searching and trying - but I'm sure that will fade into the distance now you're both settled. And an engagement ring? Icing on the cake!! Big BIG congrats to the both of you :) Happy New Year!

  7. Aww congrats, what a year! we bought our first property last month, it's so exciting isn't it :)

  8. Congratulations to both of you on the new home and your engagement. Happy New Year!!

  9. Big congrats to you guys. What a way to end the year :) Happy new year!

  10. Congratulations to you both for the new house and the engagement. Happy New Year to you both. I hope it is peaceful, prosperous and happy.

  11. Congratulations again! New house and a ring = Awesome end to 2012! Have fun in the new home. How much are you dreaming of home decorating right now?