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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The Bedroom De-cluttered
I have made much progress on my de-cluttering plan from last
week. Of course there were some minor setbacks when I got some bad news from the
mortgage lender and I wasn’t able to concentrate on clearing the space. There were lesson learned during this process
too. One of those being that my bedroom is a lived in space. It’s not perfect.
I need to keep it to a level that I will be able to maintain it. I realized that I need to make a concentrated
effort every day to minimize clutter. It's ongoing. If I move something I need to put it back
in its original place. I wanted to share my progress so far.
able to organize my desk but most of my desk clutter just needed to be
rearranged. Nothing major here, though it looked atrocious in the original
photos. I think it looks better in the after photos. (And there are no clothing on the floor.)
I had already spoken about how emotional it
was to get rid of old pieces of paper because some of them had sentimental value.
But I realize that it got easier as I carried on clearing out items. I shredded
and threw away a lot of paper.
I think the bedroom looks great now. I've also sleep a lot easier now since there is less stuff in the room.
The gray trellis stenciled wall really accentuates the bedspread and red comforter.
I created a charity bag of clothing which I will continue to fill, once I tackle the clothing in the next few weeks. I hope you check back in the week to see the continued progress.
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
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
Property Virgins. 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
cheap. My Coop wish lists were: a two
bedroom apartment, with lots of closet space, natural light and windows in the
kitchen and bathroom. I…
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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