We Got The House!

You all, we got The House. We. Got. The. House. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

Let me back up a bit. So, I wrote the post. Several days passed…D and I were still in the dumps about losing the property, and we just couldn’t buck up and move on. Now, besides my flair for the occasional overly-dramatic storytelling session, I’m not an overly emotional person. Nor my husband. In fact, we’re pretty pragmatic when it comes to most major situations. We’re fairly good at dealing with whatever is thrown our way and moving on.

Except…this house. This house was consuming our thoughts. We continued to drive by it, we would call our realtor just to “check in,” and we STILL talked about what we would do with the house if it was ours. We were uncharacteristically and utterly bummed out.

A week passed, and our realtor let us know that the listing agent confirmed that everything was moving along with the prospective buyers according to plan. At that point, we decided we just had to move on. Although, you guys, I had reached an all time low when this happened.

Dude. I almost bought that thing. Like, reaaalllly considered it.

Luckily, my parents were coming into town that weekend, so I shifted my focus. It was Wito’s birthday weekend! My parents were arriving soon! Hooray! (still crying on the inside)

The weekend was perfect. (And yes, we drove my parents by the house. OF COURSE WE DID.) We celebrated Wito’s birthday, went to the Orange County fair, ate at all of our favorite restaurants, and had a blast. Cue photo collage.

See? Good times. On Saturday, upon returning from an errand with my mom, I walked into the kitchen to see D staring at me with a little smirk. He told me that our realtor had called while I was gone, informing him that things weren’t looking so good with the current buyers. The owners wanted to know if we were still interested.


We put in a backup offer. Our offer was accepted. However, our realtor begged us not to get our hopes up. Just because our offer was accepted didn’t guarantee that the original buyers would walk. They still had the power. So we waited. And waited. And on Tuesday, we got the call that the buyers had given verbal notice that they were out. Let me just say, that night was tough. All we wanted was a signed document stating it was done. That came shortly thereafter, and we opened escrow.

Holy moly, you guys. We are over the moon.

And this is just the start. We have waited and waited and waited to buy our first house (see? pragmatic), and now it’s finally time to make a house our own. Oh, the plans we have for this one! A lot of work, but it’s terribly exciting. I hope you don’t mind if this space becomes a little heavy on the home remodeling/design over the next couple of months because I really want to document the transformation from start to finish. (Let me just say…it sure pays to be married to an interior designer. I woke up this morning to our new kitchen plans sitting next to the bed.)

I’m just so happy. This weekend, I think a little champagne is in order.

  1. Sarah Lena

    August 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    All things, in their own time. I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS!

    I really cannot WAIT to see what you do with the place.

  2. Jessica

    August 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    This is such great news for you! I’m so glad that you are getting the house and I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  3. Angella

    August 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I’m SO HAPPY FOR YOU. I can’t wait to see it!

  4. Jen

    August 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Congratulations!!! Ah, the fickle world of real estate. So glad it favored you. I LOVE remodeling journeys so bring it on. I will remodel vicariously. Congrats again!

  5. ashley

    August 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I’m just so happy for you!!

  6. Steph

    August 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Eeeee! I am so excited for you, and I can’t WAIT for this blog to become House Of Whoorl, pun intended. What city is it in (if that’s not too stalkerish of me)?

  7. Rhi

    August 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm


  8. Kimberly

    August 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Woot! Big congratulations! Looking forward to seeing what you two design-minded talents do with the new place.

  9. Jennie

    August 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Champagne indeed! Cheers, Sarah and family. Here’s to all the happiness in the world in your new home.

  10. Carrie

    August 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    HOORAY! The excitement! I am looking forward to following along as you make this house into a home. Congratulations!

  11. Home Sweet Sarah

    August 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Congrats! So glad it worked out!

  12. laura @ hollywood housewife

    August 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I am so excited for you!! We had a sort of similar experience two years ago. We looked at a house during an open house, and it was all wrong for what we thought we wanted. But we couldn’t stop talking about it! We would decorate it in conversation, “Oh we could use the couch in this space” etc. Then would stop ourselves and laugh about how dumb we were. This went on for WEEKS.

    Finally, basically on a whim, we called the realtor. Turns out the owner changed listing agents THAT DAY and was reducing the price, putting it in our range. We made an offer right then and there. This week, we just finished a major kitchen remodel in our forever dream house.

    Don’t dismiss the things you can’t shake. :)

    • whoorl

      August 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Laura – YES! We walked out of the first viewing thinking it would be too much work/not right for us/etc, yet we could not stop talking about it. Then with each consecutive viewing, we knew we would never find something like it again. You’re so right, don’t dismiss things you can’t shake.

      I want to see your kitchen!

  13. Luisa

    August 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Yay!! It IS your house! So happy for you. And I cannot wait for the house posts!

  14. Jaclyn

    August 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I am SO excited to see what you do with this house. Just the bits and pieces you’ve shared about what your current home looks like, I’ve always been interested and wanting to see more. You should definitely use this space to share your ideas and your progress! So exciting!

  15. Lisa

    August 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Congratulations!!!!! Can’t wait to see and read about all the amazing things you all will.do!!!! Cheeeeers :-)