We're in the process of having a new house built, and I continue to be surprised at all the things I am learning as we go along - despite the fact that houses are basically the core of what I DO for a living.
I already knew from past buying/selling experiences that being a real estate broker and helping other people buy and sell is WAY different than being immersed in the emotional whirlwind yourself. And I'm still not positive if it makes it even more nerve wracking to realize all the potential hitches there can be in the real estate world.
But just as being able to be part of my clients' excitement is one of the best things about working in real estate - experiencing that excitement first hand is REALLY cool! Of course, I am also re-learning how hard it is for me to be patient when there are things outside my control that either cause delays or problems. And the rainy weather has brought a few of those lessons to me in the last month.
Our contractors were able to get the foundation in for our new house, before a week of rain kind of put everything on hold. Yes, Olympia is a rainy place to live, but seriously - at one point our paper said the amount of rain we had had in just the first week and a half or so of March was something like 5 times the normal for the entire month! Now that is just uncalled for!! LOL
Last week, though, the weather was more cooperative and that glimpse of springtime let the framers get started with the first portion of their work. Amazing how much the idea of framing makes a house begin to seem really REAL! I realized I seldom am trying to show new construction when is in just the foundation stage - there really isn't a whole lot to see, and it is very, very hard to imagine a finished house at that point.
This coming week (knock on wood for weather cooperation) we should actually have framed in walls & roof trusses arriving as well!! Happy dance, happy dance - and good thing we are building in a location where I can pretty easily detour on my way to the office and again on the way home. I admit I am SO excited about the new house that I could probably just hang out all day watching if I didn't have folks actually thinking I should maybe list their house or find them a house to buy.... (And the contractors are likely just as glad not to have me underfoot all day taking random pictures!)