*excerpt below* Full Article here at MLive.com
EAST GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Dan and Jessica Molloy are still waiting for furniture in the living room of their new home on Maxwell Avenue SE.
But that gives the young couple time to savor the golden hardwood floors that stretch from the dining room on one side of the main floor to the sunroom that serves as Dan’s office on the other side.
“We love hardwood floors,” says Jessica. “I love the living room even though it doesn’t have any furniture. And this is the first time we’ve had a fireplace.”
It’s clear the Molloys are excited about their new home, which gives them more space than the Northeast Side bungalow where they lived for the first seven years of their marriage.
For example, there are little things like the half-bathroom next to the kitchen. “This is actually a big deal for us,” says Jennifer, noting their former home had just one bathroom.
The Molloys moved into the house with their dogs, Bailey and Stuart, in February — soon after they began their house hunt after Christmas.
They found the house shortly after deciding to put their house on Aberdeen Street NE on the market.
“We loved living on the Northeast Side, but we had kind of outgrown our house,” says Dan.
After looking at several other larger homes on the Southeast Side, they fell in love with the 92-year-old two-story colonial they found while searching on theGrand Rapids Association of Realtors website.
With Realtor and friend Pete Bruinsma advising them as a buyers agent, they discovered there was a pending offer on the house. They had two days to put together an offer or risk losing the house.
“We didn’t know what the other offer was,” said Dan. But after putting together their best offer and waiting over a nervous weekend, they learned their offer had topped the competing offer.
Then came the task of selling their other house quickly or facing the prospect of becoming landlords.
After moving into the new house with their two dogs, much of their energy was involved in staging and preparing the old house for sale. Fortunately, it sold after five days on the market.