I saw upwards of 75 properties.
After ruling out condos, apartments, and townhomes, I focused on single family homes.
Too big, too small, too much yard, no yard at all. Front-loading garages that took up half the front of the house. No garage.
After ruling out 1940's bungalows and mill houses in need of major renovation, 60's ranches, red brick, brown brick, buying an empty lot for new construction, and houses from the 70's and 80's that had 2 story foyers with juliet balconies, weirdly shaped picture windows, popcorn ceilings, small rooms, road noise, on a flood plain, etc...
Then, I saw it. And I knew it was MY house.
I left my lawyer's office and headed for the house, stopping at Target first, for a case of water, a broom, garden hose and a welcome mat. I've been driving around for weeks with two adirondack chairs that need assembly.
Let the fun begin. Turning a house into my home!