Wednesday, April 2, 2014

If I had only known...

If you have ever bought a house, then you can either continue on and laugh, or just shake your head.

Today, if all goes well (and it has NOT up to this point, so why should it start now), then I will be signing the docs for my new house today. I should tell you that I am not ever going to be confused with an optimist. I am simply used to bad things happening the moment stuff starts to look too rosy.

I will say that this house is a dream house. When I saw it, I considered it a house I would go to when visiting friends...certainly not the house that I would own. It is out in the foothills of Mt. Hood and has a three-tiered backyard with a waterfall, pond, and about 100 different exotic plants. 

I will save you much of the tale and just say that this experience was almost too much for me. I would have shut the deal down if not for my wife. Honestly, I don't need the stress and all of the nonsense. The person from the mortgage broker was a nightmare, telling me on FOUR separate occasions that it was a "done deal" only to have the underwriter ask for something else. I had to cancel furniture deliveries and ended up TOTALLY depleting my savings to get this done. We have two rooms left to furnish and a refrigerator to purchase and no means to do any of that until the end of the month (if we are lucky). 

The part that made it bad was the misinformation that I was given on multiple occasions that I believe should have resulted in a person losing their job. I did not realize that blatant lies were something an employer allows from his or her employers. Still, I have been told that this will all be worth it when I walk through the door. As I sit here, I can't honestly say I believe that, but I will let you know in a few days. I hope to be back to my normal routine in about a week or so.

Until then, if you are so inclined, my "That Ghoul Ava" story is in a bit of a contest. If you vote for it by following the link below, I would be thankful.


  1. Going through the same thing right now. So frustrating! Because living in this neighborhood is leeching away my sanity, I know the end result will be worth it. I hope you enjoy your new house.

  2. Todd, I have been there too! It will all be worth it once you are happily ensconced in your own home!!!! There will still be those irritating and infuriating memories of the process to get there but they will fade someday :) Congrats, it sounds like a great place for a great writer to live.

  3. Someday, those irritating and infuriating problems that came up during the process will fade away and you will be living in your dream home. Congrats, sounds like the perfect home for a great writer