It’s writin’ time! I really need to pick a day to post on. That’s like blogger 101 – decide when you’re going to write and which days you’re going to post. I, however, have ignored this advice, since right now I’m just writing for me.
But maybe one day someone will read this! (What an exciting thought!)
Enough Grandstanding, on to the Update
So we’re at a point where we’re house hunting, and it’s stressful. Every possible option is stressful. Buying something is awesome in that it’s more affordable, but we’re officially in the hot-market season, and houses are selling the same day they list. This is not good for us, and it’s damned inconvenient having to run out to see something RIGHT. NOW.
Also, imagine wandering through a house for 5 minutes and then being asked to make up your mind whether or not it’s ‘the one.’ F&ck, I don’t know, man, it took me like a quarter of a century to pick a spouse, do you think I could get a second walk through to decide on the biggest purchase decision of my life thus far?
The answer to that is no, because by the time you request a second walk through, the house will have sold.
(One day, I will write the story of the world’s worst walk through, but that’s a story that deserves its own time.)
So Why Not Just Rent?
If the price of rent weren’t so damn high, sure. We’ve been spoiled though: we live further out from the city than we’d like to, but our rent is pretty insubstantial. As in, for our area, it’s ridiculously low. We started renting there 4 years ago, locked in our rent, and have lived there ever since.
My husband and I each commute 2-3 hours a day. That is too many hours.
It is SO. MANY. HOURS. Do you know what I’m not doing for 2-3 hours A DAY? EVERY WORKING DAY? Spending time with my kids, cooking, working out, hanging out with buds, ANYTHING OTHER THAN DRIVING. I listen to audiobooks and podcasts, but seriously, there’s no saving this commute. It’s just absolute balls.
We looked into renting in the city, but it would double our rent. Not nearly double – just double. For the same square footage, or slightly less.
Which is what inspired me to look into buying, even though most PF blogs will tell you to never, ever, ever buy until you’re out of debt, have 12 million months of expenses saved up, and disowned your children and their expensive daycare bills.
Just kidding about that last part. Mostly.
The Hunt Continues
And so the hunt continues. Hopefully we’ll find something soon! Keep your fingers crossed for us.
Did you buy a house while you were in debt? How long did it take you to find the right place?