Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Meeting with Guardian

Couldn't help myself....I ended up getting the Klipsch four room AirQast Music streaming system. So we will have a pair of speakers in the ceiling on every floor of the home and a waterproof speaker on the patio. We can stream music from our iphones, ipad or run the TV audio through it. Should be really nice! My wife knew I wouldn't be able to not get them. I am so predictable.

We also decided to get the security system. It's a nice system with Smoke Detector (connected to the monitoring station) that we can arm and disarm from our iPhones. Should save us $5-$8 a month off of our homeowner's insurance and offer some peace of mind.

Friday, February 22, 2013

A little bit about us..

Well now that we've gotten started on this crazy home buying process and are connecting with some of our future new neighbors through their blogs, it seems we should introduce ourselves!

My husband and I met in 2001 at the University of Delaware, where I would eventually get a Bachelors in Psychology (He transferred to Bowie State and earned his Bachelors in Political Science from there) and we've been together ever since. He's a Director of Operations for the two Bowie Chick-Fil-A's (so you can bet we'll be keeping our building crew happy with some free lunch drop offs, haha!) and I work from home for a company that sells and installs windows and doors (replacement and new construction), Quality Window & Door, Inc. I also plan to homeschool our daughters once they've reached that age.

We have two girls; Olivia is 2 1/2 years old and her new sister Charlotte is 2 months old. The whole drive behind wanting this house is to finally have a back yard for them to play in. The house we currently rent has a pool that takes up the entire back yard and my poor olivia just wants to run around outdoors all the live long day, which just can't happen with no grass!

Can't wait to move into our new home!

We also have two small dogs (so our first HOA experience will be getting our fence approved!). Seamus is a rat terrier and Audrey is a pug/beagle mix (don't worry, she doesn't do the very annoying beagle howl). 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Meeting With Loan Officer

Wow...That was a long/intense meeting. I did not realize how thorough that process would be and how much information they would want from us. No major concerns though and we should know about approval within 3-4 weeks.

So it begins...

We just signed a purchase agreement and placed a deposit on a home in the Fairwood community in Bowie, MD. We saw how many people had blogged about their experience and figured it would be a great way to record the progress of the home. We also saw how many bloggers were from our specific community as well and look forward to getting to know them and hear their advice as we go through the process. 

Here is a google map shot of where the home will be built. We chose this home site because of the space we have around us. No homes will be built right across the road from us and our side yard is up against the neighbors backyard and creates a lot of room around the home. 

We meet with the Loan Officer today and hopefully all looks good after today's meeting. Will update again in a week or so to show some of our flooring and cabinet selections.