Since June 4th I have been on a roller coaster ride of first’s and some lasts as well. Incase you missed it I got married back on June 4th. This is my first marriage and as far as I am concerned my last as well. To quote Luke Dane, “The 0nly way out now is in a body bag.”
Fast forwarding to a couple of weeks ago we purchased our first home. Short of a major promotion this will be our only home that we purchase as well. Full disclosure it was not our first attempt at purchasing our first home. That saga is a story for another time.
For the final first we have to rewind back to the tail end of January when my wife and I found out that we will be having our first child in September. This will not be our only child. Plans are to expand the clan out by at least 2 younglings.
When experiencing each of these first’s it was always a mixed feeling of sheer terror and boundless joy. Imagine Homer Simpson’s patented scream and “woo hoo” back to back if you will. I’m sure everyone that was or will be in my position can sympathize. Still trying to figure out how to “adult”, but soon will also have to figure out how to parent as well.
I may stand alone here, but the house hunter show and those similar to it annoy the shit out of me. Sometime in the near future myself and my wife to be will start the arduous process of looking for our first home. To me these shows simplifies what I know is a complex process and also sets up unrealistic expectations.
Before anyone says, “Well stop watching it”. I hear you, but I watch it occasionally so as to share the TV with the others I live with, but also to get ideas for future upgrades to my own home when I get it. Over 15 years of working construction along side my father and I have learned how to make a house look like I did 30k in renovations for 10k worth of materials.
While watching these house hunter shows I have yet to see anyone with a budget under the 450k mark. Since I have yet to hit the lottery and I don’t have a job where I’m raking in the benjamins I am unable to relate to the potential buyers. I’m also guessing the average income of most viewers of these shows is not in that ball park either. (If there is an episode where the potential buyers have a more normal budget and its not their second home please post in the comments.)
I also find that the potential buyers sometimes unwillingness to bend or flex with their wants an desires in searching for a home really annoying. I’m sure that the producers have had the segments edited in a certain manner to accentuate that. However, I’m also aware of how uncompromising homer owners can sometimes be.