Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Hunt is Over

Imagine a cat prowling the streets of a neighbourhood.

Imagine it entering houses surreptitiously, waiting at nooks and crannies.

Imagine it patiently waiting for food, wondering when its prey would start to invade another home.

It goes from house to house in vain, tired and almost hopeless.

But by the stroke of luck, after much tenacity, it finally catches one.

One that is sufficient to justify the trying wait.

I'm that cat and I now wear a cheshire grin on my face.

My mouse?

My house.

After 6 BTO bidding failures (Tiong Bahru x3, Kallang Whampoa x2 and McPherson) and more than 3 months search for a place near my office, we have finally sealed the deal for a home.

Prior to the day we shook hands with the seller of our future home, we had been viewing houses at the area and coming quite close to finalising some.

We prayed over most of the units we liked.

We prayed for more listings to be put up in the area.

We prayed and prayed.

Too many times, we were disappointed by the units listed and more so by the favourable units sold to other buyers.

Then one day (how convenient it all sounds!), a new listing came up in the area.

We arranged for a viewing.

I was extremely nervous, knowing how tricky it would be since we had lost some other units we liked too quickly to other interested buyers.

The price is very right this time.

The location is even better - a 2-minute stroll to the MRT station (and a 1-minute sprint).

It is also at an acceptable level compared to many other listings in the area.

Moreover, it is a corner unit at an ideal block. The block houses maisonettes at the corridor.

The agents did what they had to and I remember waiting at the void deck after viewing the house with a palpitating heart and almost numb fingers.

Each time the seller's agent came out of the lift, I tried not to over-read his expressions and in my heart I kept saying, "Please, God. Please, God. Give me this house."

And then feeling guilty for asking God for something, I would then change my prayers to - "Is this Your will, Lord? Help me to accept your decision in my life, Lord. I will keep on waiting faithfully on You, God."

So when the agent asked for our $1k deposit, I swear my heart did a double backward flip.

The next time the agent came down, he offered his congratulations and shook our hands.

All my anxiety just dissipated there and then. And there it was, I had just purchased the most expensive item I had ever bought in my life thus far.

We went upstairs to greet the seller again. This time, way more amicably as I had to previously stifle my enthusiasm. I even conversed with the seller in Teochew.

The tormenting wait for the good news felt long, but on hindsight, the time difference between laying my eyes on the unit and buying it was only that of less than 2 hours.

Now, I have to wait 5 long months before I get the keys to my house.

I will then be living in it for years to come.

I'm currently obsessing over floor plans and spending more time than I should on Pinterest, pinning home decor ideas.

I'm way more excited about my house than about the wedding!

Looking back at the past year of house hunting since the day we bid for the Tiong Bahru BTO and even drove to the neighbouring carpark to pray over the bid, I have learnt that God...

1. had a plan for us right from the start (the best one!)
2. caused all the BTO biddings to fail because He knew that in our hearts, we wanted to move into our own place soon after getting married
3. let other buyers snap up other resale units we were keen on because those were inferior to what He had planned for us
4. made us wait and wait and wait because then, the timing would be just right

By the time we get our house keys, we will be close to half a year before the day. We will then be able to make a successful appeal to HDB for not (yet) having a marriage certificate as proof of our marriage.

God's timing is truly the perfect timing. (:

And now, back to Pinterest.

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"Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him." - Isaiah 30:18