I don't have a single pair of shoes both in the last year, and that includes the ones I wore on my wedding day. How am I supposed to buy a house?
First confession: the standing water house was my favorite. Lots of good, usable room. Hardwood floors. Sure, it needed paint, and in some cases plaster, and in more cases a total reshaving of every closet door so that they could close. And that standing water thing could be fixed if we put on a new door to the cellar, one that actually fit in the doorframe so it didn't need to be held on with a wooden bar across it.
All of the appliances were brand new, since I guess they thought it would be easier than fixing the house. And it had a partial bathroom/kitchenette upstairs, since we think it was supposed to be a duplex before they gave up half way before converting it. It had a fantastic laundry room, except for the fact that the stair case was two feet from the ceiling to get into the basement, so you literally had to limbo your way down.
I know it was a junker. It was huge, cheap, and still had been on the market two days shy of a year. But I'm terrified to spend a lot of money on something and still have it not be what we want. At least this would have been a huge chunk of change off, and if it's ugly and creaky and molded, we could say, "Yeah, but I got it for a deal."
I think our dream house is out there somewhere, or at least as dreamy as we can get with our tiny sum. I'm hoping that right now I'm just feeling affinity to the nightmares because it's a purposeful wrong you know you will hate, rather than getting yourself built up and having it be a disappointment once we buy it. I don't have the mortgage yet, but I'm pre-approved for buyer's remorse.