“We should just leave.”

I was standing in the most beautiful house.

The wood floors were newly redone. The kitchen was open with a custom copper sink. The bathroom tile was even heated (now that’s bougie). 

It was perfect, and… I didn’t want to see anymore.

You see, that stunning house that just came on the market already had seven offers.

Buying a house in Portland these days is harder than getting a legible prescription from the doctor. Good luck.

After seeing that perfect house, I chatted with a friend who has also been on the house hunt. We talked about how discouraging it is to keep putting in offers and falling in love only to be disappointed. 

I’ve considered quitting the search altogether, and it’s true that the market is especially tough right now. But even with the disappointment, I always come back to one thought:

Someone has to get that house.

It doesn’t matter if there are 5 offers or 50. One of them will have to win.

Yes, you want to be realistic in life. But sometimes in our attempt to be realistic, we err on the side of pessimism. And worse yet, that can lead you to take yourself out of the game before you even get started.

You might not even notice that you’re doing it. It’s easy to rationalize the choice.

But if I decide to stop looking, I want that to be my own decision. Not the disappointment talking.

The only guaranteed no is if you don’t try. 

To being better without building equity,