Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Here's the story of 2 Kansans who House hunted in PA

A couple left Kansas on friday to start an adventure. They arrived in Elizabethtown for Matt to visit new friends and sign a few papers to start the paperwork of getting a professional salary instead of a graduate teaching assistant salary!  The couple also became thrilled when they found out there is not just one, but two Indian restaurants in Lancaster, PA!  

After leaving Elizabethtown MattBek headed to their dwellings for the weekend: the Oflaherty's Dingeldein House. They stayed in the Red Rose Room in the carriage house and had such an amazing and restful stay.  Dave and Gerry are wonderful hosts and fantastic cooks. Breakfast was at 0830 in the morning and it was so yummy!

Once settled in the room it was time for a freshen up time before Rebekah went to meet with the assistant nurse manager for labor and delivery at the Woman's and Babies Hospital in Lancaster. Rebekah felt it went well and is looking forward to what may be a new job opportunity! 

After a whole day of traveling and interaction with new opportunities and people, Matt took Bek to a favorite restaurant; The Olive Garden near the huge Park City Center and then had dessert at Cold Stone Creamery! After this eventful day, it was time for a nice warm bath and a restful sleep!

Saturday morning breakfast was a banana yogurt granola dish as a starter. The main breakfast  was a german pancake with baked apples inside and turkey sausage- so yummy!  The breakfast gave us the energy to meet with Lisa and see over 15 houses in one day!

Saturday evening MattBek met up with new friends from Elizabethtown College and enjoyed an Indian meal that was so fantastic! The food was wonderful and the conversations were encouraging!

Sunday morning breakfast was a baked pineapple with coconut ice cream as a starter! The main breakfast dish was a potato dish and a strata that was so yummy! Matt took a nap after breakfast. MattBek headed out around 1100 to drive by a house that was seen on Saturday and then met with Lisa at the first showing of the day.  After seeing a few houses MattBek thought they had found a house that was worthy of an offer. They went on the day to see a few more showings, but ended up going to back the Worthy house!  

By the end of the evening they had put in an fair offer on a house they believed was an unblemished house.

Monday Morning the Kansans had to leave PA and arrived in Manhattan by 3PM!  That afternoon the MattBek team found out that the very fair offer they gave on the unblemished house actually had an issue with termites last October!  Later Monday evening they found out that their offer had been accepted.  

Tuesday was the day that MattBek had to decided what they were going to do. Bek really like the house, but realized this was probably not their house at the offered price.  MattBek countered with a lower price offer and there offer was not accepted.  

MattBek had a wonderful experience while in PA and learned a lot about the area. From the experience of putting in an offer they also know they can get approved for a certain amount and are looking forward to house hunting later in the summer! 

MattBek are excited to know they have plenty of time and that the market can only get better for them!

Bek has agreed not to spend hours of time on so there may be more posts on Bek Life!


chrisandginny said...

I LOVE German pancakes! :) Sounds like you had a great time, even though you didn't come away with a house :)

Stacy said...

Glad to hear from you. And so happy you had a nice time in PA. Is it possible to get short-term faculty housing until you find something? Or even a short-term apartment lease?

Can't wait until you get here permanently. Cook Forest State Park is about 4 hours from Lancaster and an 1 1/2 hours from me. It is a little further for you, but I just know you will love it. Check it out on line. Maybe we can meet up there when you get settled.

Becca said...

I have been thinking about you and checking your blog for updates. You are right, now you know what you are qualified for and that gives you a great starting point. And I do know what you mean about It can be addictive. We aren't buying until next spring and I find myself looking at it all the time!

Ginger said...

Thanks for the update :) I'm sure you'll find the perfect house!