Made an offer on a house today. A fair offer, we think, and one we hope the current owners will agree is good.

Buying an existing home is a change from our longtime plans to build a new one on 105 acres we own in Carroll County but a number of factors led us to the decision to buy instead of build. Above all, real estate remains a good investment and we both fell in love with a house near Floyd.

Now comes the hard part. Waiting to see if the owners accept our offer. With luck, we will have a contract and close early next month.