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Adventures in Home Buying: Here Is the House That We Own

We’d spent months traipsing through strangers’ houses. We’d navigated enough of East Falls to count off the cozy street names by memory (some day, someone […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: The Agony

I was refreshing and reloading my Gmail with each new wave of anxiety. I had not regarded my inbox with this much agitation since I was […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: The Appraisal Waiting Game

As I have alluded, we are squarely in the middle of the hurry-up-and-wait phase of home buying. Back in the salad days of February, I […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: The Gender Stereotype Edition

Looking back, it is actually hilarious that we thought simply identifying the best house in our price range would be the most difficult part of […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: The Big Reveal

So yes, as it turns out, we were going to make our decision about buying a house based on 10 minutes talking to a stranger. […]

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Adventures in Homebuying: Down to the Wire

The very night I stood on the regional rail platform at Temple and found out we’d lost the house on which we intended to make […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: The Poetry Edition

We had seen three houses that left us cold on a marathon Sunday in January. We had also seen one that we loved and another that […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: the (Somewhat) Bad and the (Sort of) Ugly

Letting go was never a skill I acquired. I tend to imagine projects from planning stages through completion and if the results don’t align perfectly, […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: ISO Laughter and Joy

Right now the sea of not-quite-rights and smidge-too-expensives is wide and deep for us in East Falls. I keep waiting for a rush of certainty […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: The Not Quite Rights

It took us a few weeks to get over losing the storybook-like house on West Penn Street. Once we did, we behaved like anyone on […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: Never Go House Hunting at Christmas

Somehow in the morass of a very crowded December calendar, we carved out a Sunday afternoon to go on our first official home tours with […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: My Top Five Actual Deal Breakers

Once the gnashing of teeth over the house on Vaux Street ended, we took a little time off from seriously thinking about home buying. It was October […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: The Crying

We vowed to each other a long time ago that we were making our life and our home in Philadelphia, come hell or high water. […]

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Adventures in Home Buying: The Timing

People who crow that life is about timing usually fill me with fury, but I have to concede that these days, timing is a very […]