new house progress

As some of you may already know, David and I are in the process of building a new house. Finally, a place for us to “settle down”. In the (almost) 4 years we have been together, we have moved 5 times between the both of us (Columbus, OH –> Atlanta, GA –> Savannah, GA). We still have not fully unpacked from our last move. However, we were not planning on moving quite so soon. Here’s a little background as why I call us “dabblers of real estate”… or just insane.

David and I come from very different backgrounds. I am Chinese; he is American. I am city (New York City); he is country (Ashland, OH). I am Louis Vuitton; he is Carhartt. You get the point. Despite the differences in how we were raised, we are both on the same page on investing, particularly in real estate. Before we were married, we each bought one rental property in Savannah. While we were engaged, we agreed that we didn’t need a huge 5000 sq ft. house with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, wall-to-wall hardwoods, granite everything, stainless everything, etc. We probably could have, but we agreed that it was just the two of us (no kids yet) and we just didn’t need all that. So in 2015, we bought a short-sale, fixer upper house. We made a two year goal to live here and then keep it as a rental property when we eventually moved on.

Once we found out we were pregnant, we decided we might as well start looking for a bigger space. One day during my work break, we drove through the subdivision across the street from our current house and peeked into the property management office to see what they had available for sale. The next thing I knew (we literally talked to the lady for 10 minutes), we were in the process of BUILDING a new house! Our original goal was two years with our investment property, but now we are moving on in less then one year. So far, we picked out all of our upgrades, framing is complete, plumbing and electric is good to go, and this week drywall will be in place! 2 more months till move-in, 2 more months… Oh, and did I mention baby will be here in 3 months!

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valentine’s day morning + a little newlywed advice

In the spirit of Valentine’s day, we were asked by our dear friends over at The Happy Bloom, fine art photography, if they could stop by one morning to catch up and capture us in our element as newlyweds. My hubby, David, and I have done some wedding editorials in the past, but this sweet photoshoot was one of my favorites to date. It was such a fun way to help us remember our relationship during a wild first year in our first home together!


We were asked if we had any advice for other newlyweds?

We have 3 little pieces of advice for a happy first year:

  1. Know your partner’s love language. Read “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. This book is incredible. David and I learned that we feel loved in different ways. Find your partner’s love language style, then choose to show love to your partner in that way (it’s not about what YOU need to feel loved, it’s about what YOUR PARTNER needs).
  2. Communicate. Compromise. Communicate. David and I have never gotten into a fight before. True story. People are literally shocked when I tell them this. Sure, we disagree and we bicker sometimes but we have never let anything escalate to a full blown argument. How? We communicate and we compromise and we communicate some more. If you’re bothered about something or have an objection to something your partner is doing, talk. We both agree that we don’t always have to “win” when it comes to our relationship.
  3. Show a little PDA. We know PDA isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but holding hands while you walk, or even a quick peck goes a long way. Show that after all these years you still find each other attractive. Be proud to be seen together.

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