This blog started as a means to chronicle the first year (or more) of our first house. Friends and family have been watching our home search from afar for some time. The San Francisco Bay Area is a challenging place to be a first-time homeowner, but we were determined to see it happen.
We purchased our house in April 2009, a time when the real estate market was in turmoil. Prices were down, banks were closing the coffers after years of easy credit, many homeowners were underwater. As difficult a time this was for so many families, it was also an opportunity to enter a previously untouchable market.
The house we ended up with is clearly a fixer. We don’t mind that. Our local area is full of bad remodels and quick flips. Our house is neither. Rather, it is a structure that has simply been neglected and one that we like to think can only improve and move forward. But, big dreams aside, we’re not remodeling pros. And things might get worse before they get better.
Our friends and family are welcome to follow along and if you see us do something totally and complete wrong (or conversely, have some good ideas to share), please do so. We’re happy for all the expertise that may be out there, and any help you may provide.