(UPDATE: Ummm, this is not short, it's long. Read at your own risk.)
We bought a house!
Well, we went under contract with a house with a contingency to sell ours. The negotiation process was smooth and things were great. Then we found out little by little, 'oh, the washer and dryer aren't included. Or the Fridge. Or the wood burning stove'. Which wouldn't have been a big deal, and really wasn't, except we might have stayed at our counter offer knowing we were going to be $3-5K in the hole to put things in that weren't written explicitly in their exclusions. Then the inspection happened, and while nothing came up that made us want to pull out of the deal, there was some major fixes to be had. We gave the sellers the laundry list hoping to negotiate and have them take care of some things to we could have some money to buy the aforementioned fridge, washer, dryer, etc.
In the meantime, we sold our house. In two weeks. BOOM.
And it was a great offer, mainly because the buyers need to be in by the end of the year. Our planned settlement on the new house was middle of January, so a few weeks at the in laws, we'd make it work.
And then last Sunday happened.
The sellers had another offer and while we had "dibs" from our contingency, they refused to make any improvements on the inspection report (including not fixing the failed Radon test). So we walked. Financially it wasn't the right decision. Also, something just wasn't right. Thing after thing, we knew our door was shutting and we weren't supposed to go down that road. After a lot thought, the Husband even decided the town we were about to make our home probably wasn't the best since it was adding significant time to his commute, so back to the drawing board.
We saw 5 houses before we made an offer. In the last 7 days we've seen another 8. The inventory is LOW due to the time of year and our clock is ticking. So as I box up our lives to live in storage, we continue to search high and low for the diamond in the rough.
I can't say I'm not beaten down. We are afraid of "settling" for a home due to time pressure instead of buying a house because it's where we want to raise our family. I'm sad to leave the townhouse we renovated to our taste and is just my security blanket, and well "home". It's been a hard week with little time for anything other than baby and trulia.com.
So, there you go. House Hunters: the Defeated.