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Ever since I got married, my ultimate dream was to have
my our own house… a house and or a town house perhaps. Being married to an architect, every one probably thinks that would be an easy job but I guess, everything isn’t really easy for me and my hubs.
Hubby and I both grew up from a location that is quite far from the school we go to. At a young age, high school that is, I have to endure the rigors of commuting from Laguna to Manila, where my school is. My routine, obviously was house and school and vice versa. No time to do much lakwatsa, much to the content of my mom With that in mind, we promised not to give that kind of experience to our kids. So even if we can buy those affordable houses in the south or far north of Manila, we are maintaining a rented house here in the Metro so the kids can enjoy more time with their school activities rather than deal with the stress of going through traffic each and everyday of their lives. I guess when you are a parent, you have to really look after what’s good for your children rather than satisfy your own personal dream.
As the years go by, I thing it’s about time to revisit that grand dream of mine and think of being more practical. Nothing bad with that. With the property boom, there are a lot of condominiums around our vicinity and even if I am not really a “condo girl”, I have to adjust a bit. It’s just a matter of mindset, dontchathink Hubby keeps telling me that I am the only who refuses to take a look a condominiums. Okay fine, I shall open my mind and prepare myself. That wouldn’t be hard. It’s not like their stealing my dreams away…. It’s more of tweaking it a bit.
This would probably end my emotional roller coaster ride. The stress of trying to find the perfect house, that fits our budget has really given me a lot anxiety like casters attached to my computer chair, I feel like I can swivel, go forward, sideward but in the end I go back to where I started. House hunting can be draining at times.
So if my family is happy with a condo, then condo it shall be Good luck to us!
Yes, we are still searching….
They say your home is the reflection of who you are. I guess that’s the very reason why we still have not located the perfect house for our family. Aside from budget constraints, it’s the location that we are after. Living in a strategic where everything is within reach — market, school, church and even hospitals, it’s quite hard to look for a house that is really within our reach. I have even resorted in looking for houses for rent, just to satisfy my urge for a new environment. Good thing hubby has this way of controlling me.
Hubby has this quality that I should really learn… Patience. He tells me every time that God will show us the perfect house in His time. Oh well, I still have to cling on to that promise and pray hard that soon it will come true.
A couple of weeks ago I received a text message from my mom saying that she had a dream about me and she is praying for it to come true. When I asked her what was it all about she just replied, “I’ll keep it to myself first.” So I did not pry any further, I just have to respect her for that.
Last Wednesday, I asked mom to tag along with me in my endless hunt for a new home. This time I felt that she was quite astonished at my invitation. Although I have been looking for a property for quite some time, I did not make it public so even she didn’t know that I am serious about my exploration.
After the trip, she finally blurted out the dream that she had… it was about us finally having our own house. She knew it was going to be fulfilled soon because according to her she seldom has “colored dreams”. She added that all the colored dreams she had before have already been realized.
Honestly, I was dumbfounded. All I can say is that maybe this is it. However she added that in her dream my house were full of flowers. Mwihihi. The property I am looking is only a town house, no room for flowering trees or a small garden, probably potted plants will do.
Oh well, I guess I have to make sure that the house will be full of flowers every time she visits me. (wink)
Buying a house can definitely a test of a person’s patience. It can be both difficult and exciting at the same time. The prospect of seeing a new house can be thrilling and once you know it’s not feasible, frustration comes in. Yes, it can be a roller coaster ride.
After experiencing these kinds of setback, I have now learned to control my emotions and prevent myself from getting too excited whenever there’s a new prospect arrives.
So, what do we really look for in a house?
BUDGET – Looking for a house in the Metropolis, can be doubly hard with the high price of land here. The area per square meter can give you a heart attack. It’s probably one of the major stumbling blocks in our house hunting. Although we can easily get one outside the Metro, but both me and hubs have grown up in similar places and we would not want our children to experience the stress of commuting everyday and facing the horrible traffic.
SECURITY AND SAFETY – Although we are not looking for a gated community, yet the environment should be secure enough for our family. The environment is a very important factor in raising kids. The place should be within a residential area and most likely away from main thoroughfares or commercial area.
PARKING – Everybody knows how narrow our streets are in Manila. So we want a place where we can park without obstruction or without waking up the neighbours just to move their car so we can go out. Plus, we love to entertain and it’s easy to invite friends if they would not have to worry about where to park and the security of their vehicles.
SPACE - The trend nowadays are high rise building and believe me we have tried living in a condominium and if it’s just me and hubs, that would definitely work but with kids, it’s kinda hard to move around.
FIXTURES – Being married to someone who is technically inclined can be an advantage as well as a disadvantage. Hubs would rather build a house from scratch since he can lessen the cost but it’s hard to find just a lot without a house. I definitely agree with him because building your own house, you can customize your space according to your needs plus you can buy the fixtures you prefer.
When looking at a condominium, house or a town house that is already built, we look at the fixtures used, if they are of good quality or not. Like if you see that they use brands like Schlage on the locks and door knobs, the contractor definitely gave quality a priority.
Oh well, as of this time we still haven’t had the luck of finding the house that we’ll call our home. I leave everything up to the LORD. I know in HIS time, he will grant us our prayers.