First, we are moving back to Virginia!
struggled to decide between South Carolina and Virginia back in September and ultimately decided South Carolina was a better location for our family. DLW put Fort Jackson first and was willing to sign a contract extension to be stationed there. Orders were delayed (as always) and DLW called his branch manager to check on the status of things. After talking to the branch manager, it turns out Fort Jackson was never an option for us at DLW's new rank and job. That would have been nice to know a few months ago... Fortunately the manager was understanding and was able to get us orders to Fort Lee, VA- our second choice. We are EXTREMELY lucky because he could have just given us whatever was leftover. After that conversation we had a "Request For Orders" online but no official paper orders. So then we waited some more.
In the meantime, I started looking at houses in Richmond and contacted a realtor. After a couple weeks of looking, a great house popped up in our ideal neighborhood. A house hunting trip across the country with a toddler was the last thing I wanted to do so we had a trusted friend go look at the house with our realtor. We decided to put in an offer and see what happened. We were one of five offers on the home but ended up winning! We were excited and overwhelmed and a little worried that we didn't have paper orders yet.
Thankfully our realtor has been incredibly understanding and helpful. We signed the paperwork to cancel the contract and have our deposit refunded on Sunday. However, we are STILL waiting for the sellers to sign the paperwork. We will breathe easy when everything is signed and the money is back in our account.
This home buying stuff isn't quite with Chip and Jo Jo make it out to be on HGTV.
Luckily, friends of mine posted their rental property on Facebook last week. I quickly sent her a message to give her a heads up that we might be interested if our house fell through. We have since been in contact with them and will be renting in Midlothian, VA for at least the first year. We are incredibly fortunate to have found a great rental situation that allows us to move as a family at the end of the month. The house is move-in ready and has everything we need to get settled in VA.
It's been a crazy couple weeks of ups and down. Renting for a year allows us to move together, let DLW get on his feet as an officer, and take a second look at buying a house next spring. We will also now have time (and money) to take a mini family vacation in Florida between houses. We are looking forward to wrapping up our Colorado chapter in the next few weeks and moving on to the next!