House Hunting



HGTV makes house hunting look like a piece of cake.

They show one…


Then three houses.

And then magically, almost comically, they find the perfect house and sell theirs.

That is not what happens in the real world.

In the real world it takes months to sell your house.

In the real world you find out your perfect house is not so perfect.

In the real world you have to make hard choices about your next space.

It is nothing like House Hunters.


We saw the “perfect” house for us on Saturday (this post was composed earlier).

It was reasonably priced.

In the right neighborhood for ministry.

Close to our college students.

It had plenty of space.

The layout was almost flawless.

We put in an offer that day and we heard back on Monday.

“They accepted our offer.”

We were ecstatic, quickly making plans to double our efforts to sell our house.

But then we learned something that changed everything.

Two words:

“flood way”


Just like that, our perfect house became a Titanic (pun-intended) that we could not get out of fast enough.

So, now we are back to square one.

It’s not fair to the other houses, but we were kind of spoiled by the house on Davis.

It had two large living areas.

It had three huge bedrooms.

It had two spacious bathrooms.

And the kitchen divided the two living spaces like a hot dog in a bun.

All of the other houses we have seen since have been unable to live up to this standard.

Or maybe we are not being realistic.

Maybe a house like that is only priced at 105 (we would have got it for 100) in a flood way.


Finding a house is like finding a spouse.

You have your initial first date.

If you like it, you tell everyone about it.

If you don’t, you tell everyone about it.

If you really liked it, you set up a second, third, maybe even a fourth showing.

After acquainting yourself with every aspect of your house, you make the faithful decision whether to commit.

You throw out your offer.

The sellers throw out their offer.

And if you two can agree, you seal your vow with a mortgage contract.

Then the house is yours for as long as you both will stay there.

So, it makes since that you would not want to settle; buying a house could potentially be a lifelong commitment (which is less and less likely as our society changes)

How eerie is how our relationship habits are mirroring our living habits.


Anyway, after the first let down we are not throwing our hearts after just any old house.

And then there is the fact we have not sold our house yet.

We have had several showings; our real estate agent Anthony is bending over backwards…

But so far we have been beat out on multiple occasions by the new builds across the street.

So, until we can sell our house (eerily like divorce), we cannot really move on with our lives.

And we are stuck in a small town longing for a bigger city.


House hunting is fun and exciting.

House hunting is heartbreaking and exhausting.

Somehow these seemingly mutually exclusive ideas fit together.

But whatever it is, it is NOT AT ALL like HGTV makes it out to be.

Reality TV is once again shown to be way less than real.


Grace and Peace