Hello, I’m Marissa, an aspiring first time home buyer in Brooklyn, New York. I blog about my home buying experiences as I try to buy a home (cooperative or a condominium) on a shoestring budget. I don’t live in Williamsburg. I don’t hang out in Bushwick. I’m not a hipster. I’m a real person, a young woman living and working in the “uncool” less gentrified part of Brooklyn.
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Welcome to My Blog!
Hello, my name is Marissa. I’m
new to blogging. I don’t have a degree in design and I’m not a professional
decorator. I just love decorating.
I love home improvement and
design shows. I love HGTV and apartmenttherapy.com. My favorite shows are House
Hunters, The High Low Project, The Property Brothers, Love It or List It and
I’m also in the process of buying
my first home, a cooperative apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Buying a home is a giant step but it’s also an
expensive one too.
I have big plans for my first home. However I'm now realizing that most of the work I planned for the home, I can't afford.
I have been looking for a home
for several years, but seriously looking for about a year. Most of my friends live in
Brooklyn. I live and work in Brooklyn so it only made sense for me to stay
here. But Brooklyn real estate is not
My Coop wish lists were: a two
bedroom apartment, with lots of closet space, natural light and windows in the
kitchen and bathroom. Instead I got a two bedroom apartment with adequate
closet space, a balcony, onsite security and a kitchen with a window. The bathroom
and kitchen are outdated. I suspect it is the original blue bath tiles from the
1950’s. It was too good to pass on the
balcony with the view of the Freedom Tower and Empire State Buildings. I’m
also close to transportation, shops and my friends.
The coop is a like a blank canvas, the walls
are all cream colored. The floor is light colored laminate. The coop rules dictates
that 80 percent of the coop has to be carpeted but I’m not a big fan of carpeting
so I will be using area rugs.
Marissa’s Home Improvement To Do
1.I wanted to paint the entire space. I really want a light blue or a
light gray bedroom wall. I also love stencils. My current bedroom has a gray
accent wall with metallic stenciled Moroccan Trellis design. One of the first things
to be painted in the coop is that awful blue bathroom. It needs to be toned down. I wanted
to use white gloss paint on the bathroom wall and doors. I would like all white bath accessories. I haven't decided on a color for the living room as yet but i would like for the space to be light and airy. I’m still looking for inspiration for the living room and the guest bedroom/office.
2.Furniture. I’m moving in with only a bed, which means I will need
to furnish my bedroom, living room, the second bedroom,
dining room table, etc. I hate clutter and I really don’t want to overdo it
with furniture in a small space. I have seen some things that I like but they
are way too expensive. What can I say, I have champagne taste on a beer budget.
I’m not a big fan of IKEA furniture and some of their accessories and textiles are
really cool. I have plans for Black Friday! Macy’s, Raymour and Flanigan here I
come. I also like Target, Marshall’s HomeGoods, Kohl’s, Nadeau, Crate and
Barrel, West Elm, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Overstock.com and Homedecorators.com to
name a few.
I found this upholstered headboard at Macy's 34th Street. This is the look I hope to achieve in my home.
I want to buy but it's currently $1299! Way out of my price range.
3.Updating the kitchen. The kitchen is outdated, it is a large space without structure and practicality. A few years ago my sister designed her kitchen
with IKEA and it actually turned out pretty good. I might consider them this
Did I mention that I am also on a
I hope to post here at least
twice per week on the designs I love, like, or don’t care for and just about anything
interesting that I've watched on HGTV.
I will also update you on my home buying
process and why in New York closing takes so bloody long (almost two months
since we signed the contract).
I’m just an ordinary girl
decorating her first home, trying to have fun in the process. Follow me as I attempt
to decorate my first home.
While surfing StreetEasy, I noticed that there
was a new two-bedroom apartment listed in my ideal neighborhood. The price is absolutely
ridiculously overpriced though I was curious and wanted to see the apartment in
person. I knew from past experience that the apartment looks much larger
usually in person than they appear on line. I clicked the call the agent
feature on StreetEasy and I was connected to a Broker name Owen. Owen isn’t the
listing agent however he would meet with me at the property and offer me
guidance, realtor services if I needed to make an offer. I wasn’t going to make an offer. Firstly, the property was ridiculously overpriced.
Secondly, it was small. The apartment opens into a small foyer where
you can see the living/dining area. Left of the foyer was a retro pink bathroom,
then a master bedroom with two nice closets (one of them a walk in). The second bedroom is actually I half bedroom
right off the kitchen. Owen made a point of telling me that the kitchen
So, I guess I’m really doing this now. After hemming and hawing
for the last few months, I’m finally ready to begin the mortgage/home search. And
what better way to start than getting pre-approved. Last week, I spoke to a mortgage consultant
and after submitting W2, pay stubs, banks statements, etc, I got pre-approved
for a mortgage. The mortgage approval amount is pretty much what I expected if
not too aggressive for my liking. I’d liked to find a lower priced property
than the pre-approval amount. Also, I’m
not opposed to buying a property that needs a little work, I’m just not into
doing any major renovation work. I’m
moving cautiously but the bottom line is, I’m once again looking at properties. I’m really excited. I feel more comfortable, confident this time around. I'm a lot calmer. Maybe because I've been through this process before. I know what I want. I know what I need. I know where I want to be. I'm not intimidated by cost or pushy realtors.
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