Date: 2008-12-16 21:52:00
Tags: house
news update: we have a house!
Amy and I have bought a house! We've been working on this for a couple of weeks, and in just a couple of days we should have the keys. I think we have signed everything we need to sign, so at this point it's kind of like a truck on the on-ramp on a freeway: While it's theoretically possible to turn around and go back, you really don't want to try. So, our current flat is an official disaster zone as we pack up our stuff.

It was a good time to buy here in New Zealand, the housing market has been sort of in freefall for several months. A couple of Sundays ago, we wrote down the addresses of a few houses to look at (there is a continuous stream of open house activity on the weekends here), hopped on our bikes, and visited as many as we could. At one point we took a wrong turn and found a house that was for sale, but had no indication of open home activity. There was a lady in the front yard tending to the garden who turned out to be the owner, and she was actually getting ready for an (apparently unadvertised) open house showing at 1pm that day. So, we showed up and were the only ones there.

The house is a one-storey bungalow that was built sometime in the 1930s. It has four bedrooms, two in the older front part of the house and two (well, more like one and a half) in the newer addition at the back of the house. The inspection showed that it has been well cared for over the years and is in good condition. It faces northwest, which means the front of the house gets midday and afternoon sun. There is a two car garage in the back, and plenty of yard space for vegetable gardens. It's on a quiet street, sort of across from a park and a cemetery (so yeah, quiet neighbours too).

In other news, my grandmother turned 100 years old today. She was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1911. It's amazing that she can still remember details of their trip to New Zealand nearly forty years ago, such as the names of obscure roads and towns and lakes. Although she physically has trouble getting around now, her mind is still sharp as a tack.

A couple of weeks ago, my other grandmother passed away quietly. Her health had been declining quickly after her husband's death earlier this year, so it was not unexpected. If it's at all possible to pick up the knitting gene from in-laws, that's where I'm going to claim Amy got it.
Congratulations on your house! And I hope you settle in quickly.

(And I have to smile whenever I read you writing about Amy. Is she your wife?)
Thanks! And yes, she is. :)
Are you both from Canada originally?
Amy is originally from Texas, I met her while I was living in Austin.
Congrats on the house, 'tis indeed a good time to be in the market. Our refi comes up at the end of Feb, and the recent rate drops have been rather welcome...
Oh right, that's the other thing, the interest rates have been excellent for buying.
Pictures? Google Earth link?
We'll have pictures later today when we do the final walkthrough. Here's the ICBM coordinates:
New house? Sounds like a good excuse for another trip to .nz! :)
Okay! We've definitely got the room now!
Congrats. The house I just got is from '67, I can only imagine the fun you will have with a house 30 years senior. (: That is only half sarcasm, it can be fun having a lot of new stuff to work on.
Yeah, the kitchen needs rework. That will keep us busy. :)
yay! I'm dreaming of a gas range like we had in Texas. If only we could have moved the kitchen from Texas into this house!
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