In college, I lived in New York for various summers interning. When I graduated, I always thought that I would have moved back to the city. But… things changed and I missed home! So, I decided to move back.
I never moved growing up, so I never thought I would move back to DFW. I was just use to Dallas and didn’t think it was a place I could dream and grow in. To be completely honest, when you graduate college, it’s such a weird time in your life. You’re not married so you’re not moving in with a husband (well some people do), but you also don’t want to live alone, andddd you may not even have a job yet. So this time in your life is really a crossroad. Which is really exciting, but also scary and your future can seem cloudy.
So, as I graduated I moved back home because I didn’t really know where to start! After I got here, I realized that Dallas was actually a really cool city that I had not explored much when I grew up (because I lived 30 minutes away). I settled into my (parent’s) house. (living with mom and dad again was quite an experience), found an internship, traveled a bit, got a dog, found a full-time job, then finally moved into my own apartment!
LIVING IN AN APARTMENT
When I went to LSU I lived in a two story apartment with three other girls (love and miss them!). It was such a great setup. No parking garage, just one floor of stairs to walk up, a huge clubhouse with pool parties and lots of grass/yard around the property. Dallas apartments (for the most part) aren’t like that. I love the neighborhood-y feel, but I also loathe these parking garages and the amount of times I have to walk up and down these stairs just to take my dog out!
One night my brain was stirring and I got to thinking about solutions. Why not look into renting a townhouse or a house that has a yard and a garage? This would make life so much easier and really make Dallas feel like a home. I started looking around and found that my price range didn’t come up with much. I also have really unrealistic expectations and I totally realize that, but also what can I say? Because of that, I decided to start looking around for properties to purchase instead.
PURCHASING A TOWNHOUSE
Purchasing a house is such a better investment! It just requires that initial (large) investment at first. I decided to pitch the thought to my parents. “Mom, Dad, I really want to move into a place with a yard for Bosley, a garage for my car and have a space I can really make my own. What do you guys think about me purchasing a house in the area? I would have a roommate that would pay rent and help pay off the property. Eventually, I could even rent it out if I decided to move.” They loved the idea and told me to go for it!
So, the hunt started. I started off looking on Zillow and Redfin. I reached out to a few different realtors and landed on the perfect person for us, Mandy! She has been seriously SO amazing throughout this whole process. She was very attentive, always available when we would call her last minute, and came prepared with facts about the property. One of the biggest things that we loved about her was her communication style. If you couldn’t answer your phone, she would email you, if you didn’t want to email, she would text. She really listened to your preferences in both communicating and looking at properties.
After looking at what felt like a bazillion places, the place we found was perfect for what we were looking for. It’s a new construction townhouse (good for efficiency #helloelectricbill), has a great layout, has an oversized garage, and they were willing to add in the yard for us!
BUILDING LOGISTICS + TIMELINE
The only problem was that I was going to have to move home for a month because my lease was up at my apartment. One month didn’t seem too bad, so we went through with the offer and they accepted! WE HAVE A HOME Y’ALL!
They let us know that it was most likely going to be more than a month, so I went ahead and signed for a temporary 3-month lease. Naturally, my apartment at the time had already been rented out, so I had to move anyway! Our townhouse was supposed to be ready on December 15, but they told us on December 1 that it wasn’t going to be ready until February 15 (another push back, ugh)! Because it was so last minute when they told us, our apartment complex had already leased out our apartment. SO in December, we had to move from this temporary apartment to another (in the same complex) and of course, pay all of the associated fees. February 15 came and went, and it’s still not ready! However, we have a new close date of ‘sometime next week’ (I’m going to guess March 1st)!
P.S. if you’re in the process of waiting or putting an offer in on a home and it’s still being built, I recommend putting an extra 3 months on the date that they tell you it’ll be ready! I had so many friends tell me this but I wasn’t going to believe it – looking back I wish I believed them because it’s so true!
With all that said, we absolutely cannot wait to move into this townhouse! Stay tuned for another townhouse update next Thursday!