We found a great house! We finally signed the lease yesterday after waiting for a few days to hear whether we were approved by the homeowner. We picked up the keys today. It has everything we were hoping for: wood floors in the living room, a fireplace, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, den, sun room, fenced-in back yard, plenty of storage space in the basement, and a great location. We are inside the beltway, within 5 minutes of 495 and a metro station. John's commute should not ever be more than 30 minutes, and in the morning it should be far less.
We really like our landlord. He lives here in the area and spent a portion of his childhood in the house. The house belonged to his mother, but she is now living in an assisted living facility. He came in after his mother moved out and renovated most of the house. I like that this house was not a flip or an investment property for him. It makes us feel a lot more secure about the situation given all the foreclosures we hear about. Also, Montgomery county has a lot of protection for tenants, especially when compared to Florida. It is almost impossible to evict a tenant here and he is by law not allowed to place the house on the market during the 2 years of our lease.
We will probably stay with my cousin for a couple more days before moving in because the moving company isn't able to deliver our stuff until Thursday. We are very excited about the house and can't wait to get settled in. It has been difficult just waiting around. I think John and I both started to get very frustrated while we waited to hear whether or not we had the house. But God is faithful and He definitely provided for us. We are very thankful.