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Day 58: Third time’s a charm, so they say

January 22, 2012

My realtor asked if I wanted to write an offer for the Ottawa Hills house. I hemmed and hawed. Earlier this week, I received a message of advice from a friend who reads this blog. Her words were appreciated and painted a realistic portrait. But they filled me to the brim with doubt.

I mulled over whether I should continue to seriously consider buying this house. I worried about the headaches the big, old home would bring. But that’s the reality of buying any house, especially an older one, I reminded myself. Those hassles, my friend noted, will be much more bearable if you’re head-over-heels in love with the house.

Fortunately, my friend Ben asked me what the house was like. My memory carried me from room to room, pausing at the built-in book shelves, the sunroom and spacious kitchen. It took a little time to get there – to get past the imperfections – but I realized as I talked him through it, I am head-over-heels in love with the house.

So I met up with Dan, my realtor, to make it kind of official and sign some papers. By ‘kind of’, I mean the house isn’t listed. And the tenant is trying to snag the house, too. Who knows what will happen. Perhaps what they say  about third time being a charm is true. I’ve put an offer in on three houses now. If it’s meant to be, it will be. If not, well, then something even better must be waiting around the corner.

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