I got the blessing from Girl Ninja to buy a house! Keyword there is, “a”, as in one specific house. Only problem is, said house is not for sale . Here is a satellite shot of the not-for-sale house that I would like to buy….
According to Zillow my dream house is valued at $266,000 and is a 3 bedroom 950sq/ft shack. How you fit three bedrooms in a 950sq/ft space is beyond me, but that’s beside the point. The house is tiny, old, and definitely nothing Girl Ninja and I dreamed about. So what makes this tiny abode so awesome that it causes me to salivate at the thought of it going up for sale?
How about the 21,000+ sq/foot lot the house stands on? Or how about the fact that the lot has full, 180 degree, unobstructed views of Puget Sound? Or how about the fact that the houses immediately next door are valued between $407,000 to $637,000 (look at how much larger they are on the map)? The long term perks of buying this property (sweet view, huge lot, cheapest house in neighborhood) far outweigh the short term downfalls (living in a 950 sq/ft space until we can afford to add on).
For me, buying a house we will be a “head” decision. Excel spreadsheets, real estate websites, and mathematics will be my guide. I’ll be looking at recent sales in the neighborhood, price per sq/ft of the house and lot, maintenance costs, etc.
For Girl Ninja, however, buying a home will be a “heart” decision. She looks at a house and thinks “Does this feel like home?”, “Is it cute?”, “Do I like this more than the other places I’ve seen?”
We both have the same goal; own a home, but our process to get there is quite different. Objectivity vs. Subjectivity. PF Nerd vs Free Spirit. Man vs. Woman. Even though this purchase is likely months (or even years) away, it’s never to early to start thinking about what’s important to the other person.
Did you or your significant other differ on what matters most in a house? What were some of your non-negotiables? What were some of theirs? (single people and non-home owners can answer these questions too!!!)