We moved here to Metro Atlanta last summer to escape the failing economy of Upstate NY. I found a job as a technician at a large Chevy dealer here and after lots of discussion with SWMBO, we took the plunge. We decided to rent for the first year to be sure that we were in the right area as far as schools and that were concerned. Well, my daughter has been thriving in her school (her teacher tells us that if she hadn't been told that we just moved here, she would never guess that she hasn't been in this school all along.) We also wanted to be able to scout out the neighborhoods which, as it turns out, was extremely smart since I absolutely HATE the subdivision we are renting in.
Since we really like the area we are in, we have been looking around at houses. I contacted our realtor a couple of weeks ago (our lease isn't up until the end of July) since we seen some evidence that our landlord may be about to have the house foreclosed on. Last Saturday we looked at a bunch of properties and found one that is perfect for us. Its a short sale, so even if our rental doesn't get foreclosed on, it will probably time just about right for us.
The place is 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath, just over 3000 squre feet on a shade over 3/4 of a acre. There is an office upstairs for SWMBO's scrapbooking studio and the basement will be a perfect man-wing. About 2/3 of it is finished with part being a bedroom which would be a study and the other finished part is a rec room that would be a great place for a pool table & bar. The back 1/3 of the basement is unfinished workshop space with the mechanicals that walks out into the backyard under the deck ~ perfect spot for a brewery!
We put in an offer yesterday and are now just waiting on the bank's approval. My agent told me when I was signing the offer that the owner was getting ready to take it off the market, so we got there just in time. SWMBO is a bit nervous about the whole short sale thing, but the way I see it, if it is meant to be, it will happen.