Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June is Going to be Just Peachy

June is a special month!  School is out.  There is no band until August band camp at the college my son is going to attend.  We basically have the whole month to relax.  OK, not really relax, although if you think preparing a house to sell is relaxing, then it is going to be really chill around here. Ha.

Yes, that is right.  We are finally going to set a date and get it done!!  Another house around the corner, the only house for sale in our neighborhood, just sold in less than a week.  That is scary fast.  We have done some scouting around and think we may end up renting in the area that we want to move to for a few reasons.

First, prices are on the rise everywhere.  We can no longer afford a house like ours even in our neighborhood so image trying to find something comparable in the most desired area of the state.  Thankfully, we are not looking to upgrade.  We want as small a house as possible so that we can maybe even pay it off in our lifetimes.

Second, houses are moving too quickly.  I found what seemed to be a perfect house yesterday.  By the time I had emailed the listing to my husband and he got home so we could talk about it, it was SOLD.  Gone in a day!!  How can we compete with that?  I am not sure I can make such a huge decision in such a quick manner.  It is a very important decision.  People are basically forced to buy a house the instant it comes available and hope for the best.  Nope, can't do that.  It is too risky.

Lastly, we don't know exactly what kind of house we need or exactly where would be the best location.  We still have two kids who will be living with us for the next 5 years or more.  We are not kicking anyone out.  We would love for them to live at home and commute to college, saving 10k a year easily.  We may not be ready to buy a house that is built for two.  We don't know where they will be going to college.  There are some good state colleges that are an easy commute from our desired area.

So as much as I hate renting again, we are probably going that route, unless a house pops up that would fit the bill and no one else wants it.  The worst part is having to move again and knowing that the houses are just going to keep rising in price.  I am praying we have wisdom and courage.  We are not the kind of people who enjoy risk.  The main thing is to be up closer to work, our church and friends.  So exciting!!

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