Our new home

After six long years, numerous rejected offers, and us nearly throwing in the towel on trying to find a home for ourselves in the Bay Area, the Reese family finally purchased a new home. Over the past six years Arin and I have seen a lot of houses, and never, and I do mean never, did we think we imagine ourselves living in a 5 bedroom, 3 bath house that was also in a centrally located neighborhood we love. Yet, as luck would have it, that is exactly where we now live.

I say "luck" because each and every time we would put an offer on a home and subsequently have it rejected I would tell Arin that considering the homes we have traditionally looked at, and the amount we could afford, we would need luck more than anything else in order to have our offers accepted.

Consider for example the last house we bid on. A house we instantly fell in love with. A house that possessed that elusive x-factor necessary for someone to make the single biggest purchase of their lives. We bid close to 10% over asking with an aggressive 21 day escrow and no contingencies. We were as confident as we had ever been, especially considering the state of the real estate market this day and age. But not only were we outbid, but we were outbid by a whopping $100,000 by a couple downsizing into a smaller home.

We. Were. Livid. Heart broken. Dismayed. We lost hope all over again.

Yet, not four weeks later, we were already well on our way relearning one of life's most valuable lessons: everything happens for a reason. Because in that time we found another home, our current one, which was asking a litte bit more, but was more than twice as big. And this time, luck and fate was finally on our side.

We have now been living in our new home for a little less than a week, and I still walk around in a complete state of shock, stealing moments with Arin as we look at each other from across the room mouthing, "oh my god, this is our house!"

Below are pictures I downloaded from the realtor's web site just prior to the listing being removed. I figure they are better than nothing, and certainly better than waiting until Arin and I take pictures of our own.

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Looks lovely. Am jealous :)

Might be your way early next year...

WOW, gorgeous! I'm stuck in a 1 bath (and not really room enough to turn around in) 3 bed house and I am so jealous! Congratulations.

Congrats Byrne. Looks great.

Congratulations! A loooong time coming. The house looks great!

Congratulations! It looks great

Wow. That's a gorgeous house. Congrats to you all.

Makes me sad that I live on this cramped little island... ;-)

Wow, concratulations! Looks nice! Love those huge windows.

Congratulations Arin and Byrne! I'm really happy for you guys. Are you still in Oakland?

We sure are! And close enough to continue our Saturday ritual visit of Arizmendi, and the Grand Lake Farmer's Market! Plus, the Grand Lake Theater is still the closest theater to us! We love it!

Hot damn. That looks nice. Congratulations.

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  • Hot damn. That looks nice. Congratulations. ...

    Timothy Appnel
    Our new home
  • We sure are! And close enough to continue our Saturday ritual visit of Arizmendi, and the Grand Lake Farmer's Market! Plus, the Grand Lake Theater is still the closest theater to us! We love it! ...

  • Congratulations Arin and Byrne! I'm really happy for you guys. Are you still in Oakland? ...

  • Wow, concratulations! Looks nice! Love those huge windows. ...

  • Wow. That's a gorgeous house. Congrats to you all. Makes me sad that I live on this cramped little island... ;-) ...

    Adam Tinworth
    Our new home
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