I shouldn't write when I'm in a rant and rave mood. It's the sort of frame of mind that makes me want to write more than any other.
The thing is, I've been house hunting for about a year now. It's no bueno. And by no bueno I really mean it. There is, according to our realtor, the least amount of inventory EVER. No inventory means steep prices on a tiny piece of junk, built in 1910 houses that include mold, lead paint, 1 bedroom, 1200 square feet, a weed ridden yard and a huge mortgage. Can you tell I'm completely sold?
I'm a teensy bit sensitive about this situation because we had a poopy deal about 8 years back when we bought a house for $143.900. It was a high market and it was the nicest, least expensive house we could find. We gussied the place up with concrete counter tops, a new roof, a white vinyl fence, opened up the space by taking out a huge wall, all new tile etc. The whole time we were watching the sweat equity pile up, or so we thought. Cue market crash. Since my husband got a new, better job out of state we had no other option but to sell. After living with family for 4 years, getting the world's WORST renters in the history of renters (a story that needs it own post) we finally went on to sell for $100,000. You don't have to be a math genius to figure out the level of poop going on there.
Since I'm a pro MLS searcher these days I decided to look up the old Idaho, nearly killed me, house and see if it's been sold since. It was recently listed for $160,000.
It's just so crazy how hard it is to find a decent house that doesn't cost at least $1600.00 a month right now. It truly makes me wonder how so many other people have 2 legit vehicles ($500.00/month), a posh palace, and take exotic vacations every 3 months. I'm starting to re-think my life plan at this point. #isittoolatetostartdentalschool?
How do you power through your down times? I'm just feeling downtrodden about moving. I used to think our budget was quite sufficient for a nice place but in this market it's not near enough. My biggest fear is repeating our Idaho situation. #rentingforlife
Right now I just want to go into a coma and wake up after Dan has dealt with all the stress and chaos of up-rooting a family of 7. Somebody send help soon. Or somebody cue another market crash because I need to buy low, not high.