Come with me back about 4 months ago…Let’s see how my family got to this point! Currently, we live in Illinois. With my husband’s health issues (I’ll get to those in another post), we had been looking for a way to travel to warmer climates in the winter as suggested by his doctor. Considered purchasing an RV for a while, but for many reasons, that just wasn’t working out. So through another series of events we ended trying to find a place in Florida. There must be a reason why everyone retires there, right?!
So we booked a rental condo in Clearwater Beach, FL for the month of May 2012. We had contacted a realtor and she would have showings all set up for us…easy peasy right?? So we get to the condo…and THAT part was awesome! Right on an inlet, two blocks from the beach…awesome!
Ah-mazing views! Day or night! So we settled in and rested (which we needed badly after a 21 hour drive with three little boys, yow-za!) and two days later headed out to meet with the realtor. She said we had some paperwork to look over, so we thought no problem, quick trip. She neglected to tell us that we were going out to showings that evening, too. I was completely unprepared, as we had all three boys with us…One needs LOTS of tricks to keep three boys entertained for such an event. Yes, I know I could have said it wasn’t a good time, but of course we were anxious to see some possibilities. Long story short…YES, it was a complete disaster and not at all worth it! The places she showed us were mostly unlivable and we even got to see several cockroaches…! Although, I will say, the boys thought that part was pretty cool! :-)
Our next couple meetings with this particular realtor were just as disappointing. she expected us to pick her up at her home and drive HER around town. Not my idea of customer service! So, at the recommendation of my aunt, we began working with another realtor…1000% difference! Very knowledgeable and helpful…and patient!
So with all that, we ended up extending our stay by an extra two months! And after a lot of back and forth, (house or townhome?, townhome or house?) we ended up finding some new townhomes, new as in not even built yet, that we fell in love with! Even were able to choose flooring, cabinets, countertops, etc.
Super fun! Super excited! But now we wait…And the worst part is we are not even there to “stalk” the house as it is being built! Will have to see if my family in the area can sneak in to get some pictures for us! Just got word that construction begins on September 10th. Was hoping to avoid another Chicago winter…we’ll see! Keep watch for more updates!