Choiz Home (Choi’s Home) is what we’ve been calling our home for years. Choi is Allen’s last name in case you’re wondering where that came from. If you look on Instagram and look up #choizhome, you’ll see posts from all the different homes that we’ve lived in since Allen and I have been married. We’ve packed and moved about 11 times together and I’ve personally moved over 26 times before marriage and that’s not including childhood. Needless to say, we’re pretty tired of moving and we’re ready to plant our roots somewhere.
After Casey was born, our desire for a permanent home grew stronger. We really want the girls to grow up in a home that really shapes who they become in life. We want a neighborhood that was safe but also a place where we would be present in unlike the countless other neighborhoods we never really got to immerse in because we were about to move again. We want the girls to know the neighborhood park so well that they know every tree there. We want a home where we can invite friends and family over so we can bond more. We want a space where Allen and I can build and renovate together so we feel ownership and pride over what we were able to accomplish together as partners. The dream has always been there. When we were dating, our favorite pastime was driving around neighborhoods and look at homes as we drove by. We always wondered, will we ever own a home one day? I still ask myself that question today.
We had many reasons for moving so much. Raised rent, school, clinical rotations for Allen’s optometry school, home-break in, unsafe neighborhood, and terrible neighbors (They would smoke marijuana constantly and it would go into our home’s vents. They also fought like cats and dogs all the time and would keep us up. Police came several times too.). The odd thing is, Allen and I are still so happy about where we lived. We made such good memories in all of those places and they were in fact our homes at one point and we tried our best to make it our own.
Today we are renting a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. The landlord recently raised the rent and has been encouraging us to just buy the house but we’re not happy with the way the home is built as it would limit the way we could renovate and also, it’s just a little small for our family. Allen and I started looking at open houses when I was pregnant just to learn more about the kind of homes people were selling in our area. While we were looking at a particular house, we met Rebecka, the selling agent there, and decided to work with her in our home buying process. Turns out she was a gift from God to us because she’s absolutely amazing as a person and of course as a real estate agent and we love having her on our team. She’s been a real estate investor herself since age 19 and also started her own successful financial planning business which really wowed us. Not only is she excellent in communication (which is so important guys!) and incredibly knowledgeable about the makeup of homes and neighborhoods, she has an incredible heart for people. Rebecka volunteers at senior centers and homeless shelters and serves as a member of an organization that locates permanent housing for people suffering from homelessness in Orange County, California. I mean, how can you not want to be around her?? Also, Joey thinks she looks like Queen Elsa!
So we’ve been looking at homes in several different locations and after a while we found THE HOME. The home we desperately wanted. Even Allen’s parents fell in love with the place as they would go visit and drive around the home for a closer look repeatedly. It basically had everything we really wanted including a gorgeous view, a bright kitchen space, an open space interior, large windows and a beautiful yard.
We put in an offer right away (a little more than the listed price) but found out a couple days later that the owners decided to go with another offer which was all cash (listed price) with no contingencies. I mean, you can’t really beat that offer. It pretty much means that the buyer with that offer was “confident” enough that even if a thorough home inspection were to find something terribly wrong with the house or any other reason comes up that would prompt them to back out, they would lose all their earnest money deposit. They must’ve fallen really hard for that home. More than us! Usually buyers come with various contingent offers because lenders and home appraisals are involved and you just never know what the home could really be like (like mold growing under the framework of the house, which happened to a friend of ours!).
Our hearts really broke when we found out about that offer. Never thought this home-buying process could be so emotional. I think it’s because we were imagining what it would be like to live there. We dreamed about our furniture in the place. We pictured the girls growing up there. We prayed about it! It was just really heartbreaking to hear about that other offer.
So the current update of our Choiz Home search is that we’re still looking. Rebecka tells us that many more homes will start popping up this summer so we’re going to wait and see. Meanwhile, I’m still mending my broken heart as I scroll through Zillow….
More updates to come!