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Finally Got a House!

March 15th, 2016 at 02:54 pm

Ever since I moved here to Montana in June of 2015, I've been wanting to move to a different house. I looked and looked and looked for rental properties and nothing was worth signing a lease and committing that much money to. Non-apartment rentals out here run between $1200-1500 per month. The mortgage on my house in Minnesota was $822 and the house I currently rent here is $850... I was not going to jump to those extreme amounts for something I didn't love.

Then in December of 2015, my tenants back in MN informed me they wanted to purchase my house. With that, I realized I now had the opportunity to buy instead of rent.

I was actively looking for a house to buy beginning mid-January. Everything in my price range (under $260k) was gone within 7 days of being listed. After losing two homes to others who put in offers before I had the chance, I learned I did not have the luxury of making pros and cons lists of homes, which I thoroughly enjoy.

There was a house that was not yet built nor was it even listed online yet, I just happened to drive by the construction site and decided to inquire on it. After discussing for a couple days with my boyfriend and realtor, I decided it would be perfect and wanted to put in an offer. Literally 2 hours before I decided this, someone else put in an offer. Again... this was not even listed on the MLS yet! The housing market out here is so insane, others were driving around trying to find potential lots too. My realtor was preparing to still put my offer in because I was going to offer list price whereas the other person may have tried an offer under the list price, and then they found out that I was coming in at list price and quickly raised theirs before I could get mine in. It's every man for himself out here in the wild west! Needless to say I was a little heart-broken.

And then... on Friday my boyfriend and I went to meet my realtor at a new construction home site. He arrived a few minutes late because he said as he was driving, he saw a realtor putting a For Sale sign out on the lawn of a nice house nearby. He stopped and asked her for the details. When he met me and my bf, he told me about the house and we immediately went over to look at it. I loved it! There was one more house we had an appointment to look at the next day, so I said I would 100% decide the next day after looking at the second house whether I wanted to put an offer in. Less than 12 hours later, my realtor found out an offer was coming in on the house that just had put the For Sale sign out. This too was not yet even online. I didn't even bother with the showing scheduled the next day and quickly decided to put in an offer on the house for $1000 over the listing price... and I finally got one!

Closing date is April 29th and I couldn't be more excited to move!

Edit: Addition of pictures below...

This will be my backyard which I'm very excited about because that land behind us is owned by the airport and will never be built on.

I cannot wait to take a bath in this tubby.

14 Responses to “Finally Got a House!”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    That's crazy! Are you in Billings? I would have assumed that Montana real estate is fairly inexpensive and the market slow. (All that space!) Guess not!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Congratulations!! Some markets are super hot.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow! That is a super scary market. Mr FT and I would have no chance, only having two night a week to look ...

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Congratulations! Good luck.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That's awesome, congratulations on your great luck!

  6. MIchelle Says:

    Congratulations. Do you have any pictures? Tell us about the house ! Smile Very exciting.

  7. natasha.cornelius Says:

    @CB in the City - Everywhere in Montana has a relatively low cost of living... except the far west which is where I live. I live in Bozeman which is about 2 1/2 hours from Billings. They are predicting that the population is going to triple in Bozeman and surrounding towns within the next 10 years. It's booming out here!

    @MIchelle - I'll add some photos to the blog post!

    Thanks everyone!

  8. Liz Says:

    Congrats! My brother is moving to Billings for a year for work....he was sending me rental listings and making me all upset (I live in NYC and our housing is ridiculous!)

  9. PatientSaver Says:

    Nice kitchen!

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  13. crazyliblady Says:

    Congratulations. That is awesome. Beautiful view. With the fact that the neighboring area belongs to the airport, does that mean there is a lot of noise there?

  14. natasha.cornelius Says:

    @crazyliblady If we're outside in the yard, we can faintly hear the larger planes take off. However, this airport is tiny. It's not a busy place, so on any given day if we're outside in the backyard we maybe will hear one plane.

    Before moving to this house, the house we previously rented was about 50 yards away from the train tracks. Now THERE it was noisy. I couldn't even sleep at night with any windows open because I'd hear the train go by in the middle of the night.

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