In order to appreciate this post and the cartoon from CartoonStock.com, you need to know a very important fact.
I am deathly afraid of spiders.
I will scream, run in the other direction, and cry for Jason to come save the day. He gets quite frustrated with me!
I cannot stand girlie girls that do that for attention. Please understand that I am being honest when I say it is a real fear. I think that spiders are the MOST disgusting thing on earth. Well, besides vampires that feed on humans. You know who you are, James, Laurent, and Victoria! New Moon in less than 2 months! 11.20.09!!!
Sorry. Random aside. I’m obsessed.
Anyway. Back to today. Jason and I found two houses online that are listed as rental properties. One is in Tacoma near 6th, and the other is in University Place.
I had found the one in Tacoma online last night and so we decided to drive by today during Jason’s lunch break. It actually ended up being right down the street from Jason’s aunt and uncle’s house. Well when we drove by we thought that it looked pretty adorable.
It was built in 1925 and has 4 bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a bonus room upstairs. The backyard is fully fenced. It’s about 3 blocks from 6th and 5 blocks from UPS. Interesting…so we called the number on the sign and made an appointment to check it out later that night (tonight).
On my way home I decided to stop at Chambers Bay to let Charlie run in the field for a while. He loved it!!!
As I headed home, I was driving through University Place thinking what a nice community that would be to live in. I’ve always thought that as we drove through, but just thought that we probably wouldn’t be able to afford it. I’ve actually been doing searches for rental properties in that area and have come up with nothing. I was driving past one street in particular and literally to myself said, I bet that would be a cute street to live down. I’m usually not the most observant when it comes to street signs, but I made a mental note of that street so I could check it out when I got home.
Literally a few minutes later, my phone buzzed with an email from Jason. It had a link to a rental property with no more information than his one quote: “Interesting.” I couldn’t open it while I was driving, so I waited to get home.
When I got home I looked at it and wasn’t initially that impressed. Then I looked at its location on the map. It was on that exact street that I had wondered about. It surprised me.
Anyway, we headed out to do the first showing tonight at 7. Linda, Angie, Mindy, Tember, Connie, and Rus all met us there. We spent a fair amount of time walking through the house. It was very cute. It’s a craftsman with lots of unique details. It’s definitely an older home, and you can tell that as you walk through. The stairs up and down are very narrow and steep. Closets are small. Things are a little worn down. But there have been lots of updates, paint and new carpet. The backyard is decent sized. And the neighborhood is precious.
The downstairs bathroom tub was FILLED, and I mean FILLED with spiders. And when I say spiders, I mean cousins to the tarantula. I’m talking BIG. I’m talking large. And I’m even talking hairy. It FREAKED me out. I think they were dead, but who really can tell? Sleeping spider…dead spider…deadLY spider. Same difference. EWWWW!
Minus that one MAJOR setback, we liked it. But it’s expensive. It’s actually more than what we’re paying for our mortgage right now. We could do it, but it would be tight. So we thanked the agent and said we’d take some time to think about it.
We weren’t sure if we were going to head to the other place, but at the last minute decided to try and check it out while we were driving around. I was blown away. It is so close to so many wonderful things. The streets are wide with great sidewalks and even bike paths! Everything is green and it’s more spread out. It has more of a community feel, as opposed to a city. The house is on a dead end street in a very well-kept neighborhood. The house itself isn’t GORGEOUS from the street, but is still very nice. It is 1700 square feet with an incredible, fully fenced yard. There are 3 beds, 2.5 baths, a formal living room, formal dining room, and a rec room. There is a two car garage and the owner agrees to pay all landscaping/lawn maintenance fees. And the utilities are all included in our monthly rent. We would actually be saving $175 a month with this place and doing a huge upgrade from where we are now.
As you can see, these are two totally different properties!
For the UP place, we made a call and left a message with the leasing company. They open at 8:30 tomorrow morning, so I may call by 9:00 if I haven’t heard from them and try and schedule an appointment.
The whole renting thing is humbling for us after being home-owners. But I guess getting out of this home and getting a fresh start outweighs the negatives. I cannot tell you how nice it would be to live in either home. We do need to be careful about getting into a lease agreement before we get approval from the bank on the short sale. That’s the hard part…waiting. We don’t want to miss an opportunity on a great rental home, but we also don’t want to get stuck paying our mortgage AND rent! Not to mention the fact that we’re not even sure if we’re going to be approved to rent after doing a short sale OR what will happen if the bank sees that we are renting a property for a similar price to what our mortgage was…The bank doesn’t care about the fact that it’s a bad neighborhood or that you lost money on the home. They just want you to make your payments.
We will be praying about where God wants us to be, and will be asking Him to make it clear to us!