Friday was a day of serious thinking. I knew that the house on Emerald St. was great, and that a lot of other people were looking at it. But I kept asking myself "is it the one for me?" For a full day, I really thought hard. John Mallinen passed on some good advice to me, "When you're buying a house, you get to a point where you just have to close your eyes and jump." Conventionally, it might sound like bad advice, but it was what I needed to hear. Naturally, I also had a lot of doubts and reservations that I was thinking about on my own. That's why I mostly needed the people around me to be positive and encouraging.
My mom recommended that I look at the house one or two more times before I made my bid. Because this means coordinating schedules between myself, two agents, and a tenant, I didn't think I had time to do that before other bids came in. Luckily, I was walking by on Saturday with Jonny and Kashi and the women staying there was coming out and was more than happy to let Jonny and I have a look around. Seeing it again was good, unexpected, and made me sure I wanted to go for it.
This post is long, so more on the story later.