Friday, October 23, 2009

So, it seems we have a house

So I had a couple of different things I could have blogged about today. I had a couple of books I was thinking about reviewing. Plus I have actual curling news I need to talk about. But then around 3:45pm today we had one of those life changing events happen, so that kind of takes prescidence in the blogging today.

We bought a house.

Yes, the house I lamented about recently will be our new home very shortly. Cathy and I had lengthy talks about it. We both expressed our concerns and she, I think, had a better understanding of mine. So with all of that in mind, we gave them an opening offer last night. Much to my surprise, they made a very reasonable counter-offer. So after talking with Cathy about it over lunch we just decided to give them our final offer.

And, to my shock, they said yes. That they had already agreed that was going to be their lowest offer.

So there we go. It's not official yet. This is more or less a verbal offer (via email) in place. We'll start dealing with lawyers, banks and whatnot on Monday. So that's when things start to get seriously real. And scary. It's a lot of money. Yes, I understand all the things about good investments and better than throwing money away on rent. But it's still a lot of money.

Although I will note this one amusing thing. This is how our decade as gone so far when it has come to living in a place and moving.

Cathy - Moved from Newfoundland to Ireland, then Ireland to Ontario.
Craig - Stayed put in Clarenville.

Cathy - Moved from Ontario to St. John's.
Craig - Moved from Clarenville to St. John's.

Cathy - Moved from parents house to Boncloddy Street. Then moved to Bond Street.
Craig - Moved from father's house to one into the centre of town. Then moved to Bond Street.

No moving.

Cathy - Moved from Bond Street to Rankin Inlet
Craig - Moved from Bond Street back to father's house

Cathy - Moved from Rankin Inlet to Colville St., St. John's. Then from there to Iqaluit.
Craig - Moved from father's house to Colville St. Then from there to Iqaluit.

Craig + Cathy - moved from 6-story to current building.

No moving

Craig + Cathy - moved from 2nd floor apartment in current building to 3rd floor.

Craig + Cathy - moved from current building to new house in Iqaluit.

Let's just say I can't wait until 2010. We're not moving again for many, many years. Not if I can help it. I think I'm done.

Last Five
1. Wild horses (live) - Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams
2. Head - Prince
3. Mushaboom - Feist*
4. Up sister - Sam Roberts
5. Soul - Ian Foster Band


Megan said...

Very exciting! Congratulations. Will we get photos?

In Iqaluit said...

Congratulations! Home ownership is exciting and scary but very worthwhile.

All of your Christmas and birthday (and housewarming) presents should be either money (to pay back your RRSPs) or gift certificates for Home Depot. Or maybe gift certificates for a heating/plumbing company in Iqaluit. Heh.

In Iqaluit (and a homeowner)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! May many happy memories bless you in your new home.

Anonymous said...

WooHoo! Congrats on the new home! Making it yours is just part of the fun, it will have your imprint in no time!
Best of luck you two!

Lindsay Niedzielski said...

Congrats, that's great - bet you won't run out of things to blog about once the ball really starts rolling!!!!

towniebastard said...

Let's see:

1. We'll put photos of the inside and outside of the house once things become a little more locked in. Things can still go off the rails. I don't like being pessimistic, and I think this is going to happen, but I don't want to jinx things.

2. Yes, coupons for home heating oil probably would be good. That an IKEA. I sense Cathy will finally get her dream shopping spree this summer.

3. I'm really going to try and not make this blog all about the new house, all the time. Yes, obviously there will be house updates, but I think people will get bored if that's all I talk about. So we'll see how it goes.

4. Thanks for all the good wishes. Always good to know there are people out there happy for us.

Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

Awesome!!! Can't wait to see pictures of the new place.

Karin said...

Congrats you guys! How very exciting. Now we'll have to come up there to visit. :)
Oh and tell Cathy I'll meet her at Ikea for that big shop. ;)

Dooner said...

Holy smokes! Congratulations!

Tara Muise said...


Jordan~Stephanie said...

congratulations to you both!
we will have to get together for dinner soon to celebrate! let us know when you're available and what we can bring . . . the H1N1 vaccine perhaps? :)

Morena said...

Congrats! Post pictures soon.

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