This post is sponsored by Homes.com
Remember this cuteness?
If I think about it too much I’ll start crying because I miss it.
It’s where everything started. I sat at this desk and wrote my first book. I spent hours sitting in this office planning and hoping and dreaming. So much of my blog life was spent within these four walls.
I’d greet it every single day.
Rain. Sun. Sleet. Snow.
I’d walk down the path from Thistlewood and there it would be just waiting to greet me.
(total aside: It always looked cutest at Christmas.)
But now we are selling it.
I wanted to keep it, but it’s not really practical because it’s in Kentucky and I’m here. So at the end of the month, the Gatehouse will have a new owner. Here in Texas, there are so many exciting things on the horizon for the blog. I’m going to be hosting workshops and design classes and photography sessions and I need a space to host everything.
So I’m currently searching for a new office.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen my office search.
All thanks to Homes.com.
If you have been reading this blog for a while you know I have worked with Homes.com for over four years. I cannot tell you how much I think of the company and how incredible they are and how easy they make it to find the perfect home (or office).
IT JUST GOT EVEN EASIER.
They have this brand new website that’s state-of-the-art and so easy to use. It breaks everything out into different must-haves and like-to-haves. I put in the zip code where I was looking for homes and then filled out my wishlist and five minutes later I had 14 matches that fit my criteria. All the details were there—organized by a score that let me see which homes matched my specific criteria. I could take a virtual tour. I could see the property on a map. I could e-mail real estate agents if I had a question about the property or share it with my friends using the HomeShare feature. I could also see previous price-reductions and other property information. But there is SO MUCH MORE I love about the website.
Want to see the office choices I came up with?
I love this house because of the backyard.
The color is cute. It’s move-in ready. There’s a large central living room and it’s 1023 square feet.
It’s a little farther away from my house, but it’s a good option.
First of all—it’s on Wood Street.
Could that be any more perfect?
It’s smaller at 672 square feet.
Here’s a look at the inside.
There’s a large central space that would work well for parties.
It’s updated and totally move-in ready.
And the price is amazing.
Love that little front porch and the color.
And the interior finishes?
And it’s right down the street from my house.
Way more space at 1334 square feet.
It’s been remodeled and the kitchen is incredible.
But it’s more expensive?
The Homes.com website made it so easy to find these options.
All I had to do was put in my zip code and add in filters to narrow down my search.
Here’s what a filter box looks like.
You can check Must Have or Nice to Have and that helps narrow your search to find the perfect property.
Here are some of other my favorite features:
- The Snap and Search feature—I can snap a picture of an existing home or upload one I’ve pinned on Pinterest. The website will search its databases for similar homes in my area. This feature was especially useful for me and saved so much time because I live in an area that’s full of so many different types and styles of home.
- Match button feature—When the app presents you with the homes that match your criteria—there’s a small icon in the bottom right-hand corner that tells you a percentage match with that particular property based on your must-have and nice-to-haves. It was so easy to see at a glance which properties were a fit right away.
- Home Share feature—When I started my search, the website let me save it for future reference. I could save different searches in different areas. Also, when I clicked on a particular listing—there is a button in the top right-hand corner that let me share the listing with my family and friends.
Now which office space did I choose?
I’m still in the deciding phase, but one of these has my heart.
I can’t give it away just yet, but I’ll give you a hint.
A really good name works well every time. 🙂
total disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Homes.com.
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