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Amongst all of the chaos it was a breath of fresh air to see the excitement (from a distance and while taking all precautions) my clients had at their builder quality walkthrough today. Third party inspection was completed yesterday - PSA - every buyer needs to have this done (Yes, even on a new build!!!) Final walkthrough next week then off to closing! 🏡🎉🥂 #bluetape #walkthrough #almosthomeowners #newbuild #fortworthrealestate #fortworthrealtor #pultehomes #workingduringcovid19 #youragentmatters

Guys- we officially have a front door, so we couldn’t go in to see all the stuff that’s going on inside so we peaked through the windows and saw vinyl in our kitchen. 🤩 We are getting VERY close, and I’m starting to feel slightly anxious . My amazon wish list is getting longer, YIKES.🍷 Send me all your tips pls 💕 #AlmostHomeOwners #HomeBuilding #AlmostHome

When that new home inspection goes well! #cheers #almosthomeowners 🏡 @ylab5

We wanted to share some exciting news in the midst of all this craziness... WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!! Today we are officially under contract on our first home! Andy & I are so excited. We can’t wait to have our family and friends over! #ourfirsthome #futuremrandmrs #almosthomeowners @paigebechtlephoto @paigebechtle

I love this man. So thankful he is my Hubby🥰 #Adventures #HomeRenovations #AlmostHomeOwners

It begins 🏠 now we impatiently wait months for a set of keys and a daunting monthly payment 😆 @dashofmandi #excitingtimes #almosthomeowners #drippingsprings

Morning Coffee-Time Realization from yesterday: It was a hectic week, followed by a busy weekend, but overall things are moving in the right direction for us. ⁣ ⁣ We are officially under contract on a house we love, my boss (who usually works remote) is in town and in the office this week, my coworker is back from her vacation, we all have Monday Margarita Madness planned for after work, and I am just 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰.⁣ ⁣ That being said, this has become my favorite breakfast pairing and I can't wait to enjoy it from my new backyard. (That's right. We are finally going to have a backyard!)⁣ ⁣ 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐄𝐬𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨 𝐋𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞:⁣ » 6oz Water⁣ » 1t Instant Espresso Powder⁣ » 1/2c Unsweetened Cashew Milk⁣ » 1/2 Scoop Collagen of Choice (vanilla milkshake from @vmisports is my current jam)⁣ » 2t @skinnymixes⁣ » Homemade Whipped Cream⁣ ⁣ → Warm water in the microwave and stir in espresso powder. ⁣ → In another container, microwave cashew milk until warm, then froth with collagen and Skinny Syrup until doubled in volume. ⁣ → Pour collagen mixture into the espresso mixture while frothing some more. ⁣ → Top with Whipped cream and enjoy!⁣ ⁣ Pair it with a nice big bowl of @thecerealschool Peanut Butter Cereal and I am one happy girl. ⁣ ☆⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ☆⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ☆⁣ #KetoBreakfast #AlmostHomeOwners #HouseHunting #TheCerealSchool #KetoCereal #Espresso #Ketosis #IntermittentFasting #WeekendVibes #LowCarbBreakfast #Affiliate #LifeChanges #GrowAsYouGo⁣

I’m so thankful I have a husband taking care of the contract side of things in purchasing a new home, so that I can focus on playing with what’s more important. The decor. He provides the home 🏠 and I make him a home 🏡 #almosthomeowners #diy #craft #crafty #craftyfingers #craftymom #crafting #homedecor #ideas #farmhouse

Drove by our house this afternoon and I was reminded of how important it is to dream big, pray hard, trust God and act on it . We are so close to becoming homeowners- YIKES. Don’t settle guys YOLO’ make it WORTH IT .🥳😍 -I love you boo, Xoxo #Yolo #YesISaidYolo #AlmostHome #AlmostHomeOwners #ILoveThisExperience #HomeBuildingJourney

So excited to celebrate @kathryn.samuels92 and her new job/move! Love you! Get ready for us to come visittttttt and here’s hoping you have good neighbors! 🤞☺️😍 #newjob #almosthomeowners #wineallday🍷 #missyou

The husband and I don't do valentines day but we do eat lots of delicious vegan food and gush over our baby girl and who she might turn out to be. We also finalised all the paperwork for buying our new flat today...it only took 3 hours but we got there in the end. Just trying to organise an official move in date 🤞🤗 Don't be fooled though, we are doing two of the most stressful things you can do, buy/move and having a baby so we've had our fair share of stressful moments and on my part tears (hormones are killer) but overall we are super excited to get everything finalised and start making this new place our family home! Happy fri...I mean valentines day! 😉 #valentinesday #vegandonuts #veganfood #veganhotdog #foodie #preggo #veganpregnancy #babygirl #soyummy #almosthomeowners #stress #lookingtothefuture #photojournal #photodiary #instadaily #instadiary #instamood #pregnancyjournal

So something kind of crazy happened...we had an offer accepted on a flat the other day! If all goes to plan we will officially be home owners soon! It was a bit of a whirlwind. We were viewing flats and houses and just nothing was ticking our boxes. As much as we would of loved to buy a 3 bed house in our desired areas the type of house we want just doesn't exist in our current budget. The houses we can afford are far too small and pokey. Once you are used to living in the beautiful big period flats you get used to a certain amount of space. So we saw this particular place, perfect location, perfect size, perfect number of bedrooms etc and jumped at it and they astonishingly accepted our offer! I am in complete shock 😂😂 I just hope everything goes to plan and it doesn't fall through as that is always a possibility. But for now we are just enjoying the process and excitement! I will be so very sad to say goodbye to the flat we have rented for over two years. We really grew as a couple here, we got married here, found out we were pregnant here and just so many other happy memories. I will also miss our view GREATLY but it just doesn't fit our needs quite the same as it used to so we will say goodbye with a heavy heart. Although the roof still leaks and is a freaking nightmare so I'll be glad to see the back of that. Here's to positive change and looking to the future! #newhouse #almosthomeowners #fingerscrossed #bittersweet #flatliving #periodproperty #excited #scary #compromises #preggo #brunette #selfie #photojournal #photodiary #instadaily #instadiary

My buyers just got the CLEAR TO CLOSE for tomorrow!!!! 🙌🏼 #AlmostHomeOwners #RealEstate #HappyDay #ClearToClose #BuyingHouses

My clients always ask if we can celebrate before we close escrow. I always say no, but we can mini celebrate making it to the final walkthrough 🍾 #almosthomeowners #firstimebuyers #realtorlife

Will January be the month I finally buy a 'new' car? I hope so! (I say new, but there's no way I'm buying a new-new car. It will 100% be a used car!). I've been without a car since August now and whilst most of the time we cope fine without one, I really miss it on Mondays which is my day off with Pickle. Besides, I have some upcoming adventures I need a car for - namely, my Mum and I's roadtrip to Ben Nevis. Eeek. January is shaping up to be a fairly exciting month... I'm hoping for good news with my exam results next week, we could finally be homeowners the week afterwards, and if I can get a car too... We're winning on all fronts. Are you ticking off any big milestones this month?

8 years on Maui. Almost 10 together. So much love for where we’ve been and where we are going #almosthomeowners #happy

In case you haven’t gotten me anything just yet... scoot scoot. Has to be bright aqua or I don’t wannnit 💁🏽‍♀️ • Buttt like fr fr a little Keys escape might be due to celebrate all the new adventures coming in the new year 📦📦📦🏡 #almosthomeowners @_christian_william_

🤭 This is surreal! This happened today! 🥳 Initial pre-approval for a home loan. “We are excellent first-home borrowers.” Why, it seems we certainly are! It may have been a nerve-wracking grown-up thing to go into, it couldn’t have gone smoother. Huge shout-out to the Ramsey Solutions team for always sharing such a wealth of financial knowledge! @ramsey.solutions @daveramsey 🥳 Our target down payment amount is definitely 20% of the purchase price. But the loan officer went ahead and drew up a GENERAL pre-approval letter, because it is still early. We plan to start looking at around May 2020 🤓 Going through this process now will expedite the process once we are at that point! AND it gives us extra motivation to stay the course and ensure we SAVE, SAVE, SAVE! 💰💰💰 . . . #babystep3b #firsthomebuyer #daveramseybabysteps #downpaymentsavings #journeytofinancialfreedom #financialpeace #preapproval #debtfreecommunity #dfc #onedayatatime #almosthomeowners #debtfreejourney #housedownpayment

WE’RE IN ESCROW!🍾🍾🍾 Thanks for taking this leap of faith with me babe!! Oh and in 3 months & 21 days I’ll be your Mrs but who’s counting👰🏼🤵🏻✨ #soontobesybesma #almosthomeowners #lifewithyou #youmeandthedogs #awkwardlegpose

Looking back on the first month of marriage like... 👰🏽🤵🏻💃🏽🕺🏻❤️💙 #married #onemonthanniversary #thearnolds #myhubby #iloveyou #almosthomeowners

En dat is laag 2️⃣ van de 3️⃣! Het is bijna niet bij te houden zo hard gaat het nu. De bouwvakkers werken enorm hard door 👷🏻‍♂️💪🏼 (zelfs na een klein bedrijfsongeval deze week waardoor Dennis even heen en weer moest met één van de bouwvakkers naar de huisartsenpost 🚑 ) echte doorzetters zijn het. Ondanks dat het onwijs leuk is om nu te zien dat het zo snel gaat moeten we onszelf ook blijven vertellen dat er minstens nog net zoveel werk zit in het metselwerk, de dakpannen straks en natuurlijk nog alle binnenwerkzaamheden (probeer ik nog maar niet teveel aan te denken 🤪). Maar beetje bij beetje zien we ons paleis werkelijkheid worden.. en man! wat wordt het mooi. ❤️🏡 #housebuilders #almosthomeowners #buildingahouse #hoogtevrees #socloseyetsofar #⏳

Goals. I've always been really good at visualizing. Not sure why that is but I'm sure there's a trade-off being made somewhere (likely involving my inability to wrap my head around complex math). But, if I can see myself doing, achieving, earning, or having something, I can make it happen. Rewind to February of this past year when @chuckbennington and I went to visit a model home in a neighborhood we had scouted out in early in December. I knew... I just KNEW this was going to be where we built our house. At that time there were no available lots, our finances weren't ideal for trying to get a mortgage due to being 1099 for many years, having moved, had a baby, and still owning a gym several thousand miles away. But, I could see it in my mind. I could picture our white house, imagine Liam going to school and playing with friends and our family living and thriving there. I visited the neighborhood often. I'd stop on my way for work, we'd go on the weekends just to check out the trails. We believed. And we started working toward making ourselves ready. And slowly things fell into place. Lots became available. We didn't really like any of the ones we saw but we found one belonging to another builder we really wanted. We put it out there that we'd REALLY like it. And a few weeks later, it was available to us. We also put a lot of effort into making our finances ready. Our credit score improved. Our businesses grew. We sold our gym. And now, almost a year after our first visit, our home is well underway. Chuck and I have dreamed of this since the first day we met, but we knew when the time was right to make things happen because we could finally SEE ourselves living somewhere. We felt it in our bones. And we actively started working to make it happen. Lessons: If you can't see yourself achieving something it might be because a) subconsciously you know that that "thing", that goal isn't really right for you. OR b) you may need to just practice "seeing" with your minds eye. And good things come to those who not only dream, but focus and work. We'd never been really motivated to make a home happen for us until we had Liam and moved to a place that felt right.

The first official day of the rest of our lives #monday #goodvibesonly #homeawayfromhome #almosthomeowners

Celebrating an OFFICIAL!! closing date and getting water, electric, gas and internet all set up for friday with a glass of one of my fav simple wines #thingsthatbringjoy #dailyjoys #almosthomeowners #barefootwine #pinotnoir

Construction site of our future home! To be finished between December and March. We may be building our foundation literally but we've already got a great foundation made. Don't worry, this won't stop us from exploring. . . . #travelneverends #travelneverendsco #neverstopexploring #exploreyourworld #travelingfamily #travelingbaby #loveyourtimetogether #orlandohomes #buildingahouse #buildingahome #taylormorrison #almosthomeowners

We had a wee peek over the fence today and we have grass in the back garden!