We started the house hunting process by creating a budget (you know I love budgets). Looking around at what was available for sale on our own, we thought we'd only be able to afford a small, two-bedroom condo at best. Luckily, we found a great REALTOR® who helped us figure out how we could get what we really wanted (a single family home) within our budget! He found a great neighborhood with no HOA fees, which increased the monthly amount we could put towards a mortgage. Our house is definitely a fixer-upper, but we've had fun putting in our own sweat-equity. (Details of our renovations here: bedroom, bathroom, and living room).
|One of my favorite DIY upgrades to our home: our painted fireplace and mantel. (See the "before" picture here)|
My Favorite San Jose SpotsIf you're ever in the San Jose area, check out some of my favorite spots:
Willow Glen Creamery. Every flavor of frozen yogurt, custard, and ice cream is amazing, so you really can't go wrong. Order the strawberry cheesecake ice cream with a waffle cone and you'll thank me later.
|My son hijacked my ice cream cone, but he's so cute, how could I complain?|
San Jose Rose Garden. Voted as "America's Best Rose Garden" by the All-America Rose Selections, there is officially no better place to stop and smell the roses.
Happy Hollow is a cute neighborhood zoo and amusement park, perfect for the little ones.
Children's Discovery Museum is great for hands-on fun.
For a scenic place to picnic, paddle boat, ride the carousel or mini-train, climb the playground, or just run wild on the acres of lawn, check out Vasona Park/Oak Meadow Park (in Los Gatos).
|My son and husband watching the train chug away at Vasona Park.|
So that's a little about why I'm loving where we live and why I'm so grateful we had a REALTOR® to help us get here.
Some facts from the National Association of REALTORS®:
- One job is generated for every two home sales
- One home purchase stimulates the economy by $60K
- A homeowner’s net worth is 34 times that of a renter