I am so freaking excited, I can't even tell you!
Since we had decided to sell the house we were building for ourselves, we've been on a quest to find another lot in the Heights. A few weeks ago, we made an offer on a lot and we were outbid by a builder with a full price offer. Disappointed, we moved on and kept looking.
Sunday, my sisters, J and I were going to breakfast. We were in separate cars, but I rode with my sisters since they needed directions. J arrived a little late as he wanted to drive by the house first. On his drive, he saw a "For Sale By Owner" sign in a yard on a street we really like.
After breakfast, J met with the seller. It is just the perfect lot for us - right location, great houses all around, alley access, and the right size. J ended up making a full-price offer that night. If you know J, you will know how insane that is. We have never-ever-ever paid asking price for a house. That's how perfect this lot is. The more insane thing is that after we made the full price offer, the seller started getting cold feet. "This is going so fast. I just put up the sign today." He said he'd let us know by 10AM Monday morning. We have been on pins and needles. The competition for lots in the Heights is fierce, and we feared that a builder would come in and offer over asking price.
The seller called J this morning and accepted! They met at 1:00PM to sign the contract, and WHILE they were signing the paperwork, the seller received three calls from builders, all submitting full price offers. He started waffling again, worrying that he had priced the house too low, but J worked his magic, and he signed the contract. J told him to take the sign out of the yard because he'll keep getting calls that will only make him mad, lol.
I AM THRILLED, THRILLED, THRILLED! Our architect/builder is driving by the house today, and he's going to start on the plans. He's already done three sets of plans for homes for us, so he knows what we want. Our last lot was 49X120, and we were able to build a nice-size home on it. This new lot is 50X132, so we have room for a larger home as well has having a larger yard. With alley access, we also won't have to give up space for a driveway. As soon as the other house is under contract, we're going to break ground. YAY, YAY, YAY!!