I’ve been house-hunting ever since my own house sold back in May. I have several criteria that have to be there in a house, or I’ll eliminate it and move on. Thankfully, Houston has a multiple listing service that makes it easy to search homes based on your search specifications.
Mine had to have: a) A pool with privacy so my neighbors wouldn’t be peering into the back yard from the 2nd story bedrooms. b) 2 or 3 car garage with room for a motorcycle, c) oversized living rooms for entertaining, and d) a kitchen we would love to cook in. That really narrows down the market. Here’s one that even though it was a steal, I ended up rejecting due to location:
I’m used to living on the north side of Houston. Patty has always lived on the southwest side. Finding a place that works for both of us is part of the challenge too. She works near downtown. I am spending a lot of time driving on the west side of Houston, with frequent trips up north to friends houses. Right now, the priority is being sure that Patty can drive comfortably to work, and I can have my ‘escape’ home, away from the city and the noise. I want some elbow room and want out of the congestion.
I haven’t blogged much because I found 2 homes that have come pretty close to meeting all those needs and I’ve spent most of my time crunching numbers and walking through the homes. Today was intense. I searched tax records, did comparisons with recently sold properties and did finance calculations on mortgage financing. (Isn’t that something – I’m debt free, and I am looking at financing a bunch of money. Geez!)
Along with all that, I sent out my first query letters to two literary agents in hopes of finding a representative and a publisher for my book. I got my first rejection letter this morning. That wasn’t pleasant but thankfully, I was prepared for this and it didn’t hurt as much as I had feared. Besides, I hate to write about rejection and failure. So I twist it around into a positive and quote one of Thomas Edison’s famous sayings as he searched for the proper filaments for his light bulb. Instead of saying how many failures he’d had, he would say, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.”
I love that!
That’s my update. Crunching numbers and sending out ‘feelers’ to get published.