....you sometimes have to make snap decisions that will determine the rest of your life. The house in Avondale we put an offer on waaaay back in May and then the owner accepted it and then it had to go to the bank because it's a short sale and then we never heard about it - well, we finally heard back from the bank and they accepted our offer! That would have been awesome news a month ago before we invested time and $$ and energy and love into the Mesa house, but yesterday it just confused us and made my heart drop. We decided to go look at it again before deciding so we met up with our realtor. Now, the very first time we saw the house (back in May), I got an overwhelming feeling of coming home as I drove up to it and got out of the car. I very firmly felt like this was our home. But then it was soooo looooong without hearing about it from the bank and we found the house in Mesa we love near family, I kinda put it out of my mind. Then yesterday, driving up to the house, I again felt overwhelming happiness and peace. So even though the Mesa house is bigger and more upgraded, close to family, has a basement, etc - David, the girls, and I have all agreed the Avondale house is better for us as a family. The neighborhood is much nicer, the schools are better, it's plenty big for us, and I can't deny the feeling I got as we walked through it again. It's ours and we belong there.
One big surprise yesterday - the hardwood floors in Amber's and Jade's rooms and the hallway were destroyed from water damage! Apparently the hot water heater burst and flooded that end of the house! We were dismayed to see the house in that condition and very concerned about it's ability to pass the appraisal. However, the homeowners maintained their insurance even though they moved out and all the damage was covered! There's already a brand new 70gal water heater installed and a contractor is going to the house tomorrow. I'm meeting him and the owners there and I'm hoping to convince them to just put carpet in all the bedrooms and new wood down the hallway. It would be cheaper so since they've already received the insurance payout, they'd keep the remaining $$. Fingers crossed they go for it! Even though I posted the link already, here it is again. =)