Greg started his new position middle of March. He didn't fly into Vegas until the first of April. We stayed behind to help get ready for Trey's wedding. Our apartment was packed, loaded, and unloaded without us lifting a finger! Now, that is a great way to move! Of course, unpacking took a lot of time but I can handle that end of it. Greg came back for Trey's wedding and then we all flew to Vegas together. Prior to moving, of course, we got to go find a place to live, all funded by State Farm. We had everything paid for and it was so much fun! We had 5 nights hotel, plane ticket, and food covered. The relocation human resource rep helped us get a realtor lined up and so we cam looking to buy instead of rent. Neither of us could be more excited. We spent everyday looking at the current MLS listings, updating our favorites list. We were sad when some that we loved went under contract but every house that we were most interested in lasted!! Wahoo! When we first got here, we were really unimpressed. There was a miscommunication with our lender (actually, she just managed to NOT read our email and look at the attachments I sent her) and made a very out of touch phone call to our realtor. Long story short, our realtor wanted to just be nice and show us some properties close to her office until we got it ironed out. So, we made an appointment to go in and see what we could discuss. Our loan officer was degrading and snarky to say the least. She started to lecture us about how we had failed to meet all the requirements to be full pre-qualified and thus, be eligible for a loan. I could barely hold my tongue while she lectured us about things that were not even relevant to our situation. From one know-it-all to the next, I know how embarrassing it could have been for her if I had spoken up. But...I also didn't want to ruffle her feathers and put a damper in the loan process. We didn't have much time and the housing market in Las Vegas is unique right now. We wanted to make a good offer once we found a place. So, we listened to her and then I let Greg share the facts. I still wonder what she was thinking.
Anyway, the very next day after she made a phone call to our realtor and said we were good to go with a fully qualified pre-approval, we went looking for REAL. We were anxious to get to a certain neighborhood that we had visited the night before and felt really excited about the location and neighborhood. The house we loved online, was still the favorite in person. Then, my realtor wanted to take us to another part of town. We went rather reluctantly, not thinking there could be a better location or house. Well, she was tricky. I had put some houses on my "possibilities" list I had forgotten about. As we drove about 15 miles north, I already liked the area better. Less congestion, prettier view of the mountains, and just better. We parked in a community and walked into what would be our house! It was so much different then any other house we had looked at. A tall entry way which opened it up and made it feel so much bigger. A nice loft area, washer and dryer upstairs, two car garage instead of one, and a much much bigger kitchen. 15 minutes later, we decided to make an offer. It was that obvious. I guess investors were poking and calling about it as we made an offer and we feel like we scooped up this great place just in time. WE LOVE IT! New carpet and new paint, for starters. We could move right in. The location, the two car garage, more room, and the view! We love it! So, here is the outside:
She looks really pleased! Ha!
February folks, and the grass is already turning green.
Not bad at all!
Swings are still a favorite activity!
More of the park area...