ashley rose and jared smith of sugar and cloth - houston blogger

We’re Officially Homeowners!

And we’re FREAKING OUT excited! Honestly I thought it was going to be a loooong time before we could announce that we’re officially homeowners. Luckily the stars aligned, and here we are! The best part is we don’t even have to move!

Yes, I know, super confusing. Long story short is that I signed up for a really sketchy site that let’s you get emails for people, and then blindly emailed our landlord (that we’ve never met, we’ve only ever gone through a property manager for our town home!) asking if he would sell to us. We really love the location and feel at home here, and decided that it couldn’t hurt to try. Based on mortgage calculators and the current market, we wouldn’t be paying anything different than what we were already paying in rent.

On top of that we’ve done a lot to this little home! Granted there are major things we’ve wanted to do from the get-go— like tear out the old carpet from it being a bare-bones rental unit, replace the bottom of the barrel appliances, and switch out the lights, etc.

After emailing the owner, we finally heard back a few months later. After some back and forth he agreed to sell it to us for a great price! If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might already know that I felt like I would never own a home. Honestly, it even felt like that a few times these last few months. I might as well have given all of our bank logins out like business candy to our broker. Just kidding. But it did feel that way at times!

See, Jared and I have incomes from one young, little start-up called Sugar & Cloth. Though we’re fair tax payers and work our butts off, lenders don’t like when both borrowing parties rely on the same source of income. Luckily we both have good credit, had enough money squirreled away for a downpayment, and are freaking bound and determined like no other. Mainly me. Ain’t no body gonna tell me I can’t do something! Okay, that’s not really true for everything, but darned close to it, and this was one of them!

ANYWAYS, here we are! After a month and half of back and forth, and almost losing an arm to signing papers, we’re homeowners! I’m super excited to dive into renovations and share the process with you all! This is the best Christmas present so far! Now fingers crossed nothing breaks in the next month, haha..

ashley rose and jared smith of sugar and cloth - houston blogger

We’re Officially Homeowners!

And we’re FREAKING OUT excited! Honestly I thought it was going to be a loooong time before we could announce that we’re officially homeowners. Luckily the stars aligned, and here we are! The best part is we don’t even have to move!

Yes, I know, super confusing. Long story short is that I signed up for a really sketchy site that let’s you get emails for people, and then blindly emailed our landlord (that we’ve never met, we’ve only ever gone through a property manager for our town home!) asking if he would sell to us. We really love the location and feel at home here, and decided that it couldn’t hurt to try. Based on mortgage calculators and the current market, we wouldn’t be paying anything different than what we were already paying in rent.

On top of that we’ve done a lot to this little home! Granted there are major things we’ve wanted to do from the get-go— like tear out the old carpet from it being a bare-bones rental unit, replace the bottom of the barrel appliances, and switch out the lights, etc.

After emailing the owner, we finally heard back a few months later. After some back and forth he agreed to sell it to us for a great price! If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might already know that I felt like I would never own a home. Honestly, it even felt like that a few times these last few months. I might as well have given all of our bank logins out like business candy to our broker. Just kidding. But it did feel that way at times!

See, Jared and I have incomes from one young, little start-up called Sugar & Cloth. Though we’re fair tax payers and work our butts off, lenders don’t like when both borrowing parties rely on the same source of income. Luckily we both have good credit, had enough money squirreled away for a downpayment, and are freaking bound and determined like no other. Mainly me. Ain’t no body gonna tell me I can’t do something! Okay, that’s not really true for everything, but darned close to it, and this was one of them!

ANYWAYS, here we are! After a month and half of back and forth, and almost losing an arm to signing papers, we’re homeowners! I’m super excited to dive into renovations and share the process with you all! This is the best Christmas present so far! Now fingers crossed nothing breaks in the next month, haha..

Comments

  • Julie Blanner

    12.16.16

    Congratulations! I’m So excited for you! Let the fun beGin!

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks Julie! We’re so excited :)

  • Leslie

    12.16.16

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment. Can’t wait to see all your exciting Renos!

    • Ashley said:

      We’re already brainstorming over here, so keep a look out! xo

  • Julia

    12.16.16

    How exciting! Congratulations! I’m excited for the home renovations we’re likely to see on the blog 😄

    • Ashley said:

      My favorite part! xo

  • Natalie Harney

    12.16.16

    Oh my gosh! Congratulations! I love that you just got to make your home officially yours – good luck with all of the future changes you make to the place to make it even more yours

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks, Natalie! Can’t wait to make it feel like ours!

  • brittni

    12.16.16

    Yay! COngrats you two! You have had so many big life things go down this year, and I couldn’t be happier for both of you.

  • Sarah K

    12.16.16

    Congrats doll!! There is that go getter attitude everyone should have. This is so awesome. Happy homeowners

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks for the kind words, Sarah! xo

  • aaron

    12.16.16

    That’s great news, kids.

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks, Aaron :) We’re already brainstorming on all the fun touches we’ll add.

  • Cat

    12.16.16

    Congrats! What a cool way to get your home!

    • Ashley said:

      We’re so psyched! xo

  • Corina Nika

    12.16.16

    Congratulations you guys!!! So exciting!

  • alex

    12.16.16

    Ashley, I am so excited for you AND JARED! I’M A LONGTIME FOLLOWER, BORN AND BRED HOUSTONIAN, LIVING AND WORKING AS A REAL ESTATE AGENT IN NYC. I TRULY HOPE THAT YOU HAD A GOOD EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH YOUR BROKER – HOME BUYING IS A MAJOR MOVE AND IT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO WORK WITH SOMEONE WHO YOU CAN TRUST. IF ANY READERS ARE ON THE HUNT FOR A NEW HOME TO BUY OR RENT, I HAVE A VERY CAREFULLY SELECTED GROUP OF REAL ESTATE AGENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT I AM HAPPY TO CONNECT YOU WITH!

    I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HOW YOU RENOVATE! AGAIN, BIG CONGRATS!!

  • alex

    12.16.16

    Oh no, I didn’t realize it was going to be case sensitive, whoops! :)

  • Jessica

    12.16.16

    Oh my god this is amazing I am so exciting for you both! 2017 is going to be good x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  • Helen

    12.16.16

    Congratulations! This is such amazing news! I can’t wait to see all the fun projects you cook up as you work towards making the new place Your Own!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

  • Brittany

    12.16.16

    Hooray you guys! I’m so so thrilled for you! Must be nice to have the vision and be able to achieve it! Go you guys!

  • congratulations! I’m so excited for you, that’s excellent news. Let me know if you need help with anything. Happy holidays! Yolonda

    • Ashley said:

      You’re so sweet – thank you! :)

  • Miriam

    12.18.16

    Congratulations! This is a big surprise this Christmas! So happy for you!

    • Ashley said:

      Thank you, Miriam! We are so excited! xo

  • Steve Margo Isolde Emrys and Cosmo ( super dog )

    12.28.16

    Well done !
    Buying a place in Australia is out of reach of most young people !
    We are a bit older so things were a bit easier.
    Just found your site today and love it!

    • Ashley said:

      So glad! Thanks for stopping by and congrats on buying in Australia :)

  • Danielle

    04.06.17

    We are in the process of buying our first home and so naturally I turned to Pinterest for inspo. I’m loving your blog and hope to make some DIY projects when we close! :)

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