As I mentioned in the last post, God’s provision through our new house was nothing short of amazing. He made it so clear that this is right where He wants us!
Obviously, one part of that clarity came with the abundance of closed doors we encountered…we definitely found out where He didn’t want us! At times it was discouraging, mainly because waiting is definitely not my forte (all the more reason for me to be forced into a season where there was nothing I could do but wait), but our prayer all along was that He would lead us and that our selfishness wouldn’t get in the way.
We had seen the listing for our current house a while before we actually went to see it, mainly because it was out of our price range. However, after realizing that we were big fans of this general area of town, we decided to check it out.
When we did, we were thrilled with the potential that we saw behind what is admittedly a pretty rough first impression. We were also excited about the possibility of converting the basement into an apartment, which would give us extra income potential. (If anyone’s looking for a newly renovated one-bedroom apartment with a sweet location starting in the fall, let me know :))
Now, here’s where things get crazy: We submitted an offer for roughly $30,000 less than the asking price. If you’ve ever been yard sale shopping with us, you know we’re negotiators, but seriously. 30k is a bit much. We also found out that the house had previously been under contract when the asking price was $60,000 above our offer, but had fallen through due to problems with the buyer’s financing.
When we went to submit the offer to the listing agent (who is incredibly sweet), we chatted for a while about our crazy life situation, how we met, and how we love Jesus. I later told Zach that we had probably said too much…if she knew how desperate we were, we were giving away our negotiating power. Yes, I’m paranoid like that. As we left, Zach asked her what she thought about the offer and she very sweetly told us that she didn’t think they’d take it. (I mean, hello, I’m glad she didn’t laugh in our faces and call us insulting.)
The house, while built as a family home, had been used as an after-school center by a local church for the past several years, so we had to wait a few days for the board to meet to review our offer. Thankfully, the night they met, we were able to enjoy dinner at some friends’ house (thanks, Robin and Hunter!), which was a welcome distraction from the inevitable clock watching that would’ve been going on.
On our way home that night, we got a call from the listing agent telling us that our offer had been…wait for it…ACCEPTED!
We were clearly blown away by the Lord’s provision. The realtor told us that when the committee met, she told them a little bit of our story, and they were touched by it. While they initially planned on coming up with a counter offer, one of the committee members ended up asking, “Why are we debating about this?” and they agreed to just accept it with no strings attached.
Unlike the topsy-turviness of other times we had been under contract, the sellers from the church were so sweet! When they found out we were living in a hotel, one of the committee members offered a house for us to live in temporarily, and they asked the listing agent to put up a “Sale Pending” sign, just so we wouldn’t worry about anything when driving by.
Needless to say, we have felt so well provided for through this home buying process! Next up, a little tour of our latest adventure. :)
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3: 20-21