house hunting is like dating

Monday, October 22, 2012


Whoa, that's my face.
House hunting is exhausting and stress balls. Our epic journey to find "the one" has me reminiscing to dating (dear lord, I'm glad that's over) and how similar the processes really are. After all, both are big decisions that you have to live with for a good chunk of time. Granted, no loans are involved in finding your husband (at least not with mine).

1. Don't fall in love too fast. Otherwise, you're going to realize some slut with a bigger pocketbook has already snatched up your dream casa, or some chick with better hair and longer legs (aka everyone) has batted her eyelashes and stolen your McDreamy. Don't rush; get the facts.

2. Pictures can be deceiving. Sure, he may look like Brad Pitt's baby-face younger brother. The rooms may look bigger than the fupa dangling over my belt... but look again. His profile picture is probably from ten years ago, pre-beer gut and receding hairline. And the house's photographer just happened to have a wide-angle lens to amplify the closet-like room you thought was bigger than Kim Kardashian's buns.

3. Look under the surface. Sure, the house may look amazing. Hardwood floors. Crown molding. Impeccable backyard. Your man may seem like the cheese whiz to your enchilada. Gorgeous. Good manners. Likes puppies. But when the inspections are completed, you may discover that the foundation is crumbling, and your Prince Charming is just an unemployed, loser troll still living under his mamma's roof.

4. You always wanna go for the one that's out of your league. Every single time. I don't recommend this. He's always going to think he can do better. And your mortgage payment won't care about your shopping obssession.

5. Everyone has an opinion. Really, him? Really, that house? Some times this can be good and insightful; other times it feels like someone is taking a massive dump on our parade. If you don't have anything nice to say, keep that flapper zipped cause I don't wanna hear it.

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36 comments:

Kerrie said...

haha I love the way you put it

Kathy B. said...

I always get so jolly when I see you've posted! I love reading your blog, you make me smile like it's 1999. I chuckled, out loud.

I hope your house hunt turns into a fairytale romance, not a dating disaster! Xx

Helene said...

oh i feel you on that. house hunting is HARD.

Sar said...

That's funny, 'cuz I found my dream condo in one weekend and have been super satisfied with him (minus that one time with the leaky pipes and ridiculous downstairs neighbor), but have had a hard time finding a man I want to continue dating (until recently).

Trade you.

;) Lovelove.

stephanie said...

ohmylord I am rolling! perfect comparison bahahah

Ashley @ ThisUnscriptedLife said...

So funny! And so true! House hunting is hard but don't lose the fun aspect of it =)

Katie said...

This is a great comparison! haha. And I cannot say enough how much photos lie. We are only renting (because we move so much) but looking for a rental we saw some super sketchball houses that looked amazing in photos. Or ones that were almost on top of railroad tracks. It's a process, that's for sure!

Vanessa said...

Love this! "And your mortgage payment won't care about your shopping obsession" Unfortunately, that is all too true. :)

Nicole said...

Shut the hell up...you did NOT just use fupa in a blog post! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

lo @ crazy ever after said...

I have your button up! That is all. ;)

Leslie @ Body Won't Break said...

Oh #3 is so so true! We had that kind of a house for our first house. Of course, to us it was a HUG mess of a foundation and we were overwhelmed by the crakcs and such. The people who bought the house from us? They saw it as character.

And also #5 yes. Though I wish people had spoken up MORE our first time around at buying a house. This time? We asked and begged for honest opinions. And we got them. And we feel like this house is the house for us now and for years to come.

And no matter what the mortgage is all your money goes to the house it seems. Of course you do get to buy a lot for the house!

Have fun and happy hunting!

Melissa said...

This is dead on! We recently bought our house and I can relate to each and every one of these things. Good luck!

Jenny Strickland said...

Oh this is so true!!! HAHA!!

It was so stressful looking for a house!! I got to the point that I dreaded it! Until we walked into the house we bought!!! It felt like "home" and I knew that little house would be our home!!

Syndal said...

you have a way with words, my dear! hahaha. I love this whole post.

lori said...

haha i love this post! SO true! after not finding what we wanted house hunting, we decided to build our first house instead :)

Allison said...

What a perfect analogy! Hope you find "Mr. Right" soon!! Haha.

Jana said...

This made me laugh so hard! You have a gift with words. :) Oh, and thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!

Meg {henninglove} said...

your comparisons are definitely spot on for sure!! oh by the way you are gorgeous in that photo you posted, absolutely lovely!

Ashlea with an a said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your blog name! Way to make it cute! :)

Ashley said...

Very true analogy!! be patient the right one will come along!!! Best of luck!!

Katy said...

Haha! This was perfect. I haven't dated in many, many years and am happily living in my house, but this brought me back to some fond (and some not so fond) memories. Good luck with the house hunting; I know you will find the perfect one for you and make it your own.

funsizetessa said...

hahahah this is just perfect.
good luck finding the kind of house that is perfect for you and you dreamed of since you were a little girl, and that thinks the same about you.

Annabelle said...

House hunting is so hard and stressful! My advice for you is to find the right realtor and get preapproved for a loan! It makes it a little easier!

KatyK said...

This is so cute. I'm not quite ready for house hunting yet, but I'll remember this list when I get there. I just moved into my newest apartment this week. I dont want to think about moving again for a loooong time, but good luck with your hunt!

Newlywed Moments said...

Oh my gosh love this post. You're so cute. Thanks for visiting my blog! I am now following yours!

Chelsea said...

So funny and soooo true! Good insights!

Lauren said...

this is so so true! house hunting definitely isn't all fun & games!

Rachel said...

Great comparisons! I think someday it will be exciting to be house owners...but I'm not really looking forward to the search process!

Married...with a Pup said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Love yours; it is adorable! And I have to totally agree with you with house hunting...stressful stuff! Newly following!

Morgan Nicole Ilg said...

hahahha oh my goodnesss girl....I gotta say, for the first time ever visiting your blog, you caught MY attention!!! I seriously loved reading this and I laughed out loud!
So is job hunting, so is apartment shopping, so is...basically everything!!! Just like dating!
and boy, I can't wait til my dating days are over!
I LOVE YOUR BLOG!
I'm definitely going to follow it!
have a wonderful day!!!
;)

CoastWithMe said...

This is hilarious:))))! OMG. Okay, so being a real estate agent makes me appreciate this post even more!!! Everything you said is SOOO true!! And it's so tough to get a property these days with the crazy cash buyers, bidding wars, and limited inventory. Hang in there girl! You guys will find your dream home soon! Btw thanks for visiting my blog! I'm following you now on GFC!

Nikki said...

Love this post!! We had a super hard time with our house too. Good luck! and I feel like number 5 is also spot on with my thoughts today. Keep the zippers zipped!

Nourish said...

Good luck!!! Something great will come up =)

anna lizbeth said...

great post! I look forward to the day where we are looking for a home. I feel like HGTV has prepared me for the task ;) congrats! hope you find the perfect home for your little family.

Avril Copperfield said...

I like the association of love with house hunting. :D But upon further thinking, yeah, you can apply the same philosophy, especially the “don’t fall in love too fast.” Like people, you have to get to know a house better before coming up with a decision. And you can’t skip stages. Unless you want to be surprised by the unknown, haha - I mean hidden problems and costs.

Nannie Toller said...

The connection almost made me laugh, but yes, you have a point there. I honestly agree with all the tips but my favorite one would be the first: Don't fall in love too fast. Remember that rushing things will lead you nowhere. Think. Think. Think and then make a wise decision. Don’t just follow your heart, follow your mind as well.