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the day that we became homeowners!!

2 Mar 2016

you guys, i’ve been keeping a secret.

you know how i ranted and raved a few weeks ago that my love + i had to suddenly move out of our apartment (that we are subletting)? well, we still do have to move. and it’s been a hell of a time trying to solve that problem.

however, i can say, that as of right now… problem solved!

here’s how we solved it:

since we are subletting, we immediately began looking for a new place to sublet – a near impossible task in uppsala where renting is uncommon and unavailable due to high demand. if you want to rent an apartment, you have to get on a waiting list about 8-10 years before you want to rent. uhhh… impossible for us. if you want to sublet, then you have to compete with the thousands of others who want to sublet in uppsala. we were only 1 of about 25 couples who, within one hour of it being put out on the internet, applied to get this apartment that we’ve been living in. lucky us, huh?

in any case, getting back into the searching mode was not something we looked forward to at all. plus, we knew that we’d just have to move again within a year (if we are lucky).

well, we looked for a few days, and then we realized that we had an opportunity to actually BUY an apartment. that’s right… to own our own place! this is a much more common way to live, but a ridiculously competitive process as well.

so, we set out, with a strict budget in mind, and began looking for apartments. we went to some showings, and soon realized that we hated this process so much.

it should be fun to go to open houses, but instead, it was stressful…. especially once we found THE apartment. one that we fell in love with immediately. the stressful part was that there were other people at the open house, and all of them seemed interested. i could barely focus, and i was dying because i was so in love with the place. we both were.

lina me home

we decided to put in an offer, and then the super craziness began. another guy competed against us, and a bidding war was on. in the end, after about 36 hours of back + forth bidding and a roller coaster of emotions, we won the final bid. the seller chose us!!

we signed a contract and then got down to bank business. a few snafus with my stupid swedish id card, which was holding up the process, and finally everything was done… less than 24 hours before our closing date.

and today is that day! closing!

as you read this, we will have just left the real estate office, signed the contracts, and gotten the keys to our new apartment! our very own home!

the past month has been insane. truly. something like i have never experienced. and i am exhausted. nothing has gone easily. we’ve had to fight every step of the way. and just as we got one issue fixed, another issue/challenge popped up. it’s been an insane lesson in letting go of control and knowing that all we can do is focus on the moment that we were in. our entire future continually ended up being in other persons’ hands.

but, i am so very grateful, even for this crazy ass process. i am grateful more than words could ever express. what started out as an incredible inconvenience has turned into one of the biggest, most amazing blessings ever.

now we have our own home. and our marriage is stronger than ever. and i am blown away at how life unfolds.

stay tuned… because we have much more to tell. much to show. the adventures continue! but, for now… we celebrate!

xoxo. liz


  • Reply hejyork 2 Mar 2016 at 13:10

    That’s awesome news!!!!

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:28

      Thank you so very much!!

  • Reply Meghan 2 Mar 2016 at 14:00

    Ahhhh!!!! Saw the blog title in my inbox and wanted to congratulate you!!!!! Xoxo

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:28

      xoxoxo !!!!

  • Reply PaigeBrown 2 Mar 2016 at 14:20

    Congrats! I’m so excited for this amazing step for the two of you! Lots of love and good wishes! Happy house-warming!

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:28

      Thank you so much, Paige! We are incredible grateful and excited! Sending lots of love right back at you! xoxo

  • Reply Tracy Smith 2 Mar 2016 at 14:41

    I am so SO happy for you two!!! Something told me that something even better than your old place was going to show up. I felt this even when you first blogged about having to move. I really can feel how overjoyed you are! xo

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:27

      I felt the same thing deep down inside as well! Thanks for celebrating with us, Tracy!

  • Reply Miriam 2 Mar 2016 at 16:03

    Congratulations, how absolutely amazing! What a whirlwind. Life is crazy!

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:26

      Absolutely!! Ridiculously crazy and unexpected!

  • Reply thisismelly 2 Mar 2016 at 20:22

    Congrats to you both! That is so exciting!

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:26

      We’re so pumped and happy about it all! Now we can finally breathe better! xoxo

  • Reply yogaleigh 2 Mar 2016 at 20:41


    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:25

      Thank you!! It’s so exciting!

  • Reply Mani (A New Life Wandering) 2 Mar 2016 at 20:50

    Yay!!! I’m so happy you got the place you loved! When we were looking we fell in love with a house but there was another couple interested that came before us, just because they were first, they got it when they decided they wanted it. It was fair but disappointing. A few days later we found a nice apartment which we are now in but we did a lease of only 6 months as we would eventually want to rent a house. We are very happy though. I’m so happy for you guys and those floor really are beautiful!

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:25

      So excited for you two as well! How fun is it that we’ve been going through this process at the same time?!

      • Reply Mani (A New Life Wandering) 24 Mar 2016 at 00:30

        Yeah! It’s so weird! I’m pretty sure we also heard the news on the exact same day. Or maybe it was the same day you posted about it and I read about it. Either way, it was basically the same time haha.

  • Reply Holly 2 Mar 2016 at 21:20

    Huge congrats to both of you gorgeous ladies! Xxx the Swedish market sounds crazy, but I guess here it is too!

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:24

      xoxoxo !!!!

  • Reply Laura4NYC 3 Mar 2016 at 12:54

    Congrats, that’s such a great step in forward in your life!
    Sounds like the market is competitive everywhere, just like here.

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:24

      Exactly! And thanks!!

  • Reply Nicibici 3 Mar 2016 at 13:46

    CONGRATS. By the way Chris’ words when I told him you got the keys: What?? Already?? Sure what was all the complaining about – that was like no time at all!!
    I guess we did see our house in November and closed in May. Which – according to friends – was apparently extremely fast. Enjoy your new home. Can’t wait to see it. PS. Tell Lina she’s only allowed to buy 10 interior magazines 😛

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:23

      Thanks, dear Nicole! It did go super super fast, bit it was super super intense and stressful! But, now it’s all bliss and fun! Thinking of you!! Love. Xoxo

  • Reply Meg Evans 5 Mar 2016 at 04:25

    Wow, congrats, and Yay! So awesome that the perfect place turned up — have fun decorating!!

    • Reply Liz 23 Mar 2016 at 22:22

      We’ve been having the most fun decoration, Meg! Can’t wait to share a few more snippets! Hope you are well!

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