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Los Rodriguez mansion!

For those who are thinking about buying a home here is our advice:

1)      Find a realtor. Let a professional guide you through the process, it is easier and it will save you money and sleep. (Let us know if you would like the contact info for our realtor)

2)      Be realistic. Plan on buying something you can afford. Lenders will offer you huge loans, but don’t let those zeros lure you to a big loan. Think about the monthly mortgage, property taxes, maintenance, etc. then compare with your monthly income and see what you can afford.

3)      Be ready to give up some things. Like jobs, you will find your dream house eventually. Focus on finding the closest thing to a dream house within your budget.

4)      Check out the neighborhood. Drive around the neighborhood to feel the vibe. Try to imagine yourself living there, does it feel right?

Looking down our street
Looking down our street

5)      Trust your gut. Don’t rush! Wait until you feel that place is the right for you. Until then, keep looking. Visit as many places as you can, and make sure you are in a good mood when visiting places.

Para aquellos que estan pensando en comprar una casa, estos son nustros consejos:

1)      Encuentren un corridor de propiedades. Dejen que un professional los guie en el proceso, es mas facil y se ahorraran plata y sueno. (Si piensan en comprar en Nashville les podemos recomendar nuestra corredora)

2)      Sean realistas. Planeen en comprar una casa que puedan pagar. Los bancos les pueden ofrecer creditos hipotecarios mas grandes de lo que necesitan, no se dejen llevar. Piensen en el pago del dividend, impuestos, mantenimiento y luego comparen con sus ingresos mensuales par aver que pueden comprar.

3)      Compren lo mas cercano a la casa de sus suenos, siempre y cuando este dentro de su presupuesto. La casa de los suenos vendra mas adelante si su presupuesto no alcanza.

4)      Recorran el vecindario. Manejen y sientan la atmosfera del vecindario. Intenten imaginar que viven ahi, se sienten comodos?

5)      Confien en su instinto. No se apuren! Esperen hasta que sientan que esa casa es la casa. Sigan buscando hasta que la encuentren. Visiten muchas y asegurense de estar de buen humor cuando salga a ver propiedades.

If you told us a few months ago that we would own a house by the end of the winter, we would have said NOOOOO WAAAYYYY!!!!! Actually, during a bachelorette party, a palm reader told Leslie we would and, of course, we were not sure how legit the reader was (and hardly inclined to believe her). But…she was right! We do own a house, Los Rodriguez Mansion, and we love it!

Si unos meses atras alguien nos hubiese dicho que al final del invierno seriamos duenos de una casa, habriamos respondido: TAAAAAAAAAAAY LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCO!! En realidad, durante una despedida de soltera, una psiquica le dijo eso a Leslie, y claro, no le creimos jajajaj. Pero le achunto! Tenemos casa propia, la Mansion Rodriguez, y nos encanta!

The thought of buying something so big was a little scary for us – obviously exciting but definitely scary. With so many papers and laws, and things that we had no clue were involved in the process of buying a home we felt overwhelmed. To our surprise the process was easier that we thought, mainly because we were lucky to work with an amazing realtor. We got a recommendation from Leslie’s parents to work with their realtor. The first time we met she asked us what we wanted, our budget, and what area of town we wanted to live in. We learned so much about houses by going to see places with her that by the time we found the one…it was pretty easy decision.

La idea de comprar algo tan grande nos daba un poco de susto, emocionante pero da miedo. Con tantos papeles, reglas, y cosas que no sabiamos involucradas en el proceso de comprar una casa, nos sentimos sobrepasados.Para nuestra sorpresa, el proceso fue mas facil de lo que pensamos, principalmente porque tuvimos la suerte de trabajar con una corredora de propiedades genial. Los padres de Leslie nos recomendaron trabajar con ella. La primera vez que nos juntamos nos pregunto que queriamos, nuestro presupuesto, y donde queriamos vivir. Aprendimos mucho sobre casa llendo a visitor lugares con ella, y cuando encontramos LA casa…fue una decision facil.

It didn’t take long to find our mansion. It felt right the first time we stepped in it. It was like we knew that was going to be the one. We didn’t have that feeling with any other property we visited. So now here we are, owners of a 1010 sq. ft home, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, office/laundry room, half finished basement, attic, and a GIGANTIC back yard. It is exciting to think about the improvements we can make to it in order to make it feel more like home. It’s going to be a slow process, but there is no rush.

No nos demoramos mucho en encontrar nuestra mansion. Cuando entramos en esa casa nos sentimos como en casa. En todas las otras visitas no sentimos nada igual. Ahora somoe duenos de 1010 pies cuadrados (no se cuanto es en metros cuadrados), 2 piezas, 1 bano, oficina/lavanderia, subterrano a meduio terminar, atico, y un patio trasero GIGANTE. Es entretenido pensar en que podemos hacer para mejorar la casa, va a ser un proceso lento…pero no tenemos apuro.

 

3 thoughts on “Los Rodriguez mansion! Leave a comment

  1. sweet! It’s concrete – the previous owners painted it red before we moved in. We like the red color but it’s starting to bubble…we may have to paint over it eventually.

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