Three major updates from the last three months

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Hi there! It’s been nearly four months, and I’m finally back with another post update.

Yes, shame on me, especially after I said that I’d be writing something every day to keep this blog up.

Well, truth is, I have been writing every now and then for the last few months, but they were more like trails of thoughts and not quite completed posts I feel like I can publish.

So I’ve decided to go with quality over quantity.

Anyway, today I thought I’d share a bit about what I’ve been doing for the last three months. Hopefully this’d also help to explain why blogging has fallen aside slightly for me.

First up, we bought a house.

Ever since the birth of our second child, Anna, we’ve been thinking about upgrading our family home. More people in the house, more space needed, right?

At the start of the year, we did a major review of our financial situation and realised we were actually able to afford it.

So the house hunt began.

After days and nights of searching on realestate.com.au, going to open inspections, repeated inspections, and having endless conversations with real estate agents, banks, conveyancers, and not to mention among our own family members, we finally came across a property that we were all happy with. The house does need a bit of renovation, but we still bought it at the auction, at a price that was much lower than our planned budget.

Wow, right? But hang on, there’s more to that which I’ll share in the coming posts.

Next up, we sold our current house.

Closely after we bought the new house, we started planning for the sale of our current house.

Sadly, we cannot afford to keep both houses with two huge mortgages. This would take our debt level right through the roof, and we are not comfortable about that.

So the rational thing to do is to sell our current house, which will leave us only needing to stretch our current loan limit a little. That, we can absorb with our current income.

Once again, we started talking to a selected few of our local real estate agents, based on good recent sales results and reputation. We went through two rounds of interview process to finally sign the deal with one, which actually happens to the agent we bought the new house from. In hindsight, this wasn’t the best choice.

After locking in the date of auction, we planned out the dates of the rest of the activities – photo shooting of the house for advertising, copy writing of the advertisements, drawing up the floor plans, launching the advertising campaign, scheduled open for inspections, etc.

I should also mention, there was already a whole heap of work around preparing the house for advertising and opening, such as decluttering and cleaning, that has happened way before we even selected our agent!

After all the hard work has been done, we were only left to hope for the best outcome on Auction day. It was sold, but the result was not as good as we’d envisaged.

I’ll share more about the sale process and results in future posts as well.

Last but not least, I’ve returned to work from parental leave.

In case I haven’t mentioned before, I work in a banking corporate in Australia. All up this time, I went away on parental leave for a good 9 months. While life might have felt pretty slow at home, a lot has actually changed at my workplace.

So far, I’ve been back for a month now, and it’s been a gradual process to settle back into the role and organisation. There were a lot of catch ups with work mates to understand all the changes, meeting and getting to know new people in the teams and wider network, clearing out emails and filtering out what’s important, and overall just trying to keep up with the current work in flight.

I must say, I am very lucky to have great helpers – mum and dad (in law) at home, so I can come back to work full time. If anyone might ever think a full time job is tiring, they should definitely try full time babysitting. That’d put things into much better perspective.

With all these said, I hope I’ve given a good excuse (or not) for missing actions on this blog lately. There’s still a lot to do in life such as renovating the new house, moving our tribe over there, settling in, while the daily routine still continue –work, looking after kids, housework, etc.

I will end this post by saying, changing house is definitely a big decision, a HUGE task, and an intensely stressful process. If I had the choice to choose again, I would definitely not be doing this at this time while life is already hectic as it is. But I only learnt this through the hard way, so I hope you’d give it a more careful thought before jumping into the same decision.

If you’ve had similar experience, please share it with me in the comments. I really want to know how you felt about it, how you handled the process and stress.

Peace for now,

Shan

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