Although my taste in cars has since changed & I’ve recently upgraded to my (fully loaded) 2020 Jeep Wrangler (much safer to drive in the winter), my first taste of manifestation all started with a mustang.
Since then, I’ve also travelled all over the world & crossed that one off my 18 year old vision board!
I don’t always create vision boards but I do always create a very detailed description of what I want. The most recent example of this is the dream home we bought almost 2 years ago. We weren’t really “looking” for a dream home at the time per se, our budget was more reflective of an upgraded home but perhaps not dream-home-worthy if you know what I mean. We were more so just looking to upgrade slightly from our small starter home. My ultimate dream home description included: a grand foyer entrance, enchanted forest backyard, lots of nature, large enough house to not have to worry about how many people will fit at Christmas time, cozy living room with fireplace, a pool, awesome deck for backyard BBQ’s and state of the art kitchen & bathrooms.
Since our budget wasn’t 2.5 million dollars at the time, I thought this would be far fetched to find, so I was open-minded and didn’t really have a lot of ‘requirements’ for house hunting this time around other than something a bit bigger than our current house with a nicer backyard.
Rule #1 when home-buying: don’t start looking at listings for homes way over budget.
So… I’m a bit of a rule breaker. I found this listing that was about 100K over (what I thought) was our max budget… haha.
Of course we had to go look.
When we first stepped into this house all I remember thinking was please don’t fall in love… We walked into the grand foyer and checked out the large living room with the double sided stone fireplace that connected to the dining room. “Hmm… Interesting” I thought. I didn’t hate it, I loved the layout and loved certain aspects but it was easy not to fall in love because it was so dated & cluttered with old furniture. “Ok, I like it but I’m not in love, I’m doing good. Yay me.”
Then, I saw the backyard. Literally took my breath away. If there ever was a house of my dreams with an enchanted forest backyard & the most epic deck for backyard BBQ’s… THIS was it.
We took the listing to the bank to see if it was possible & to our surprise the bank said they had made a mistake previously & we could be pre-approved for this house! We later found out that the house was initially listed much, much higher and the owner had recently lowered it to sell quicker… Had it been listed at the original price there would have been no way.
This house check so many boxes, not only did it have a pool… But it had an INDOOR pool! Yes, the home was a tad dated when we bought it, but we’ve been renovating as we go & customizing everything to be exactly what we want!
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