First home anniversary!

I had originally intended to post about something else on my mind, but when I got home today I had a mail from the real estate agent congratulating me on my first home anniversary. It took me a while to process because I’ve certainly not lived here for a year yet. I realised that the agent meant a year since the contract signing… so I guess anniversary of the actual purchase?

I dug through the contract and it turns out it was officially signed off at the start of June. I had first signed my preliminary offer in the last week of May. We negotiated for a week and then the owners signed off. Then I had a 90-day settlement – gosh 90 days can be a long time.

I can’t believe it’s been a year! I had been apartment hunting for a few months, but when I found this one, I pretty much had a feeling instantly that I would be serious about it. I think it was only a couple of weeks between my first inspection and making a serious offer to buy. The whole process was stressful, exciting and more stressful. There were various bouts of panic too (what’s new?). I had no real idea what I was doing, and no one really had clear and consistent answers for me. Somehow I managed alright, by constantly nagging and querying everyone involved (a lot). I couldn’t have done it without the support of the people around me, their experiences, and Google!

I still have a long way to go in the short and long term plans for this apartment and my financial goals. One step at a time.

(The picture is actually from when I officially settled the property and got my keys. The agents gave me champagne and that was the first picture I took in the pitch black apartment without electricity.)