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House hunting
24 Jan 2009
We hate living in a rental and can't wait until our lease is up (end of April) so we're looking to buy a house. Buying wasn't on our radar at all when we first came over so it's come as something of a surprise. We haven't sold our house in UK and have no plans to do so for a while so we're limited on price. If we had sold and decided to stretch ourselves to the limit, boy, we could buy something gorgeous. But as it is...

It was fun at first but now I'm getting fed up with it. We see a house on one of the realestate websites and it looks really nice. I have come to the conclusion that realestate agents use special lenses on their cameras to make rooms look bigger/brighter/cleaner than they really are because when you go to see them they're such a disappointment. And I know I should see past this obsession with dark walls, dark wood and dark floors but it makes the houses look so dingy, it just puts you off. What's wrong with good old fashioned white - or even that old faithful Magnolia to brighten things up a bit?

We've seen a lovely house without a garden big enough for a pool, another great house but near a main road and that would drive us mad (pardon pun!) Most of the houses we've seen are OKish, but they're just not 'doing it' for me. And why, why, why, do they have acres of room at the front and a handkerchief size garden at the back where you want the space (for a pool, for the kids to play, for privacy???)

I know we have time and buying happens within around 6 weeks here (so much quicker and easier than UK) but I'm just waiting for THE one to grab me by the proverbials and say 'buy me!' I hope it happens sooner rather than later.

Moan over.
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