About My New Blog

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After beginning the search for my own home in the Phoenix area, I realized that there were a lot of other people who were starting their own journey to home ownership and we could all learn from each other! The result of this realization was blawgr.com where I can add the little tidbits of knowledge that I gain as I go through this process. Please realize that everything I post on here is a bit specific to my own search for the perfect home, so some things may not be relevant to you. Hopefully, though, you’ll be able to find something useful; or add a gem of information from your own experiences! If you have a house in the Iowa area feel free to get in touch with the best UV Iowa Solar company.

Brad has been wonderful in also helping me to know what to focus on and look for in a house.  I can’t thank them enough and I know they will help make this whole processes easier.

Like I said, my search has been in the Phoenix area but while the housing market is different all over the country, the general process and emotions you feel are constant across state lines. Even if you’re looking for a home in another city or state or looking to get solar panels, feel free to look through my steps and feelings throughout this process and see if anything rings true with you as well!



This may be the one!

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February 2014- Well, I know that it’s only February but my online searching has led to a find that we are having a hard time passing up! Perfect neighborhood, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen to die for! We are going for a second tour tomorrow and I can’t wait!


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November 2013- We are making so much progress in saving for our down payment and closing costs! We had a pretty decent amount of savings already but want to be sure that we have 20% down and don’t want to be in a situation where we fall in love with a place or it needs a bit of work and we can’t swing the extra costs. We’ve spent the last few months making a few small changes to our spending and adding to our savings. I think that, at this rate, we should have a decent amount and be ready to get back in touch with Jeff to start some home tours by about March of next year.

July 2013

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July 2013- So at this point, I have completely immersed myself in the world of online real estate pages. This is, unfortunately, a pointless exercise at this time. We really want to be smart about this move so we’ve decided to wait a bit in order to get a bit more financially stable. Luckily, our lease still has several months on it and we spoke to our landlord who is willing to work with us after the lease is up to possibly do a shorter lease extension if we need to. Even if it’s pointless to look at the online real estate at this point, it’s so fun to see what’s out there and start building my wish list. So far my favorite (reasonable) neighborhoods are Deer Valley and Alhambra.

My Journey Begins

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June 2013- This all began when my boyfriend and I decided to move in together. We realized that when doubling the number of people living in a place it may make sense to look into adding to the square footage as well! We started off by taking a good look at our finances and what we thought we would feel comfortable paying each month in a mortgage. We also went to our realtor friend, Jeff, and got a little bit of information from him about what we would have to think about in terms of additional initial costs and fees (We found out that, as buyers, we wouldn’t be responsible for Realtor fees…phew!!).