Preston and I are so excited to share that we bought a house. We have been searching for SIX MONTHS which is why we advise all of our buyers to 1) start early and 2) be patient! This house wasn’t even o the market, we found an off-market house and negotiated with the owner to sell it. People always ask how did you do that?
Three keys to finding your Home:
The answer is, we got specific with what we wanted. Through our search, we knew we wanted a house in a specific neighborhood and with a specific style. For us, it was a historic craftsman with a large front porch. The neighborhood we narrowed in on is a historic neighborhood that several investors are flipping homes in. This means that inventory is low and goes very quickly so we knew we had to get creative! Preston and I are lucky that we have several buyers in the area as well so we had a great idea of what inventory was coming up and were always nearby to catch things like moving trucks and for rent signs to ask if they wanted to sell. We also had to be flexible on other items, like updates and number of bedrooms.
And that is exactly how we found our house! It was actually for rent so we called the phone number on the sign to ask how much they wanted to rent it for and if they ever considered selling. At this point, we were searching for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house. When we made the call to find out about the house we knew one thing: we loved the curb appeal and it met our two must-haves: location and style (aka porch for Preston). A big risk that I would not recommend to anyone not in real estate is we gave an estimate price range we were willing to pay without even seeing the house! Some of these photos are not the best because the first time we saw the house it was getting painted so ALL of the windows were taped off making it feel a lot darker and outdated.
This was definitely a long process of listening to our hearts, taking risks, negotiating, and praying. Preston fell in love the first time we saw the for rent sign. I honestly took a little longer to warm up to the house-it needed more updates than other homes we saw and it was smaller than we were initially looking for. But at the end of the day, it felt like home and we knew we were meant to be the next owners to take care of this well-loved house. When we met the sellers it was clear they had amazing memories in this house and when we closed, they were so happy we are getting the opportunity to make more memories in it.
We have learned so much as first time home buyers and are very excited to share our lessons learned through the buying and the renovation process. If you have any questions, let us know!
Welcome to Homemade Revival! We are a husband and wife real estate team that loves all things home. You can call us homebodies, for sure. But that does not mean we want to be social. Our main desire for buying a home is to have a space to entertain. Of course there are other perks to purchase real estate (which we will go into on other blog posts), but for us, the ability to entertain at home was a top priority.
My name is Kelly and I love all things design. I originally went to TCU (Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX for those out of state) to study Interior Design. Growing up when the home improvement shows started I remember watching Trading Spaces and realizing that I could make a career out of my passion. I loved rearranging and redecorating my room. My mom (somewhat panicky) remembers leaving me playing in my room as a child and coming back to see I had moved my bed and dresser across the room all by myself. When I was decided on which University to attend to study Interior Design, we laughed when I visited one University that had the dorm room furniture attached to the wall–aka no mid semester rearranging–and knew it was not the school for me. Halfway through college I learned about Marketing and decided to switch my major to Business. This led to spending the last 6 years working at a large corporation trying to following the “logical” side of me to get a good, high paying, stable job. Recently I hit the pause button to follow my heart which lands me here starting this blog while working in the Real Estate industry. Don’t get me wrong, taking this big leap of faith took A LOT of courage and I still play the “shoulda, woulda, coulda” game in my head weekly. BUT I hear my heart screaming at me to follow my passion of being creative through design to make a direct impact on your home.
Meet Preston, my husband. He is born and raised in Dallas, TX (but we wont hold that against him). Ironically I wanted to leave Austin and move to Dallas-Fort Worth, and he wanted to go to UT Austin for college. Luckily for me, Preston was not initially accepted to UT, so he went to TCU instead. Not only is he a kind, loving, supportive, and goofy husband, but he loves to cook. Ya’ll I am not kidding, this boy can COOK. And he LOVES it. He once described it as his stress relief to decompress from the day like when I do yoga (or lets face it veg out on social media). We started sharing photos of the meals Preston made with friends and family and that was when we realized people not only love seeing what he can cook, but they also want his recipes. Preston is passionate about all things historic. As a history major he loves to research how things were made and recreate it today. This goes for meals, cocktails, and home and furniture renovation.
Preston and I are both in real estate and we realized how much the average person is scared of decorating their home and hosting a dinner party at their house especially if it involves cooking from scratch. And this is where the blog Homemade Revival was born. We want to help you make your house a home!