You know when is a really bad time to be looking for a house to buy?
I don’t know, let’s see….
Maybe during a recession. (Or during a modest recovery. Or whatever the heck this is right now.)
When a major snowstorm is blowing our way.
Yes, that’s about the time that every home owner says, “Hey, let’s put our house on the market. We’ll get a ton of traffic and loads of bids way over asking price. Put up the ‘For Sale’ sign honey and unlock the doors. The buyers will be showing up by lunchtime!”
Rick and I really need to buy a house. Like now. Our lease on our rental is up and we don’t want to extend it any longer.
Something happens when you’re looking for a house to buy: everyone has an opinion of where you should buy. Like I just mentioned at Dylan’s ballet class that I was looking for a house and all of a sudden two moms had cornered me against a rack of leotards enthusiastically detailing all the properties I needed to see.
One mom mentioned that I needed lots of space. 5 bedrooms for sure. I just nodded my head because one of the hangers was kind of digging into my back. But I finally confessed. “We’re taking a different approach. We’re going to buy a smaller house and actually have money to pay for gas and food and stuff.”
Because we’re in a time crunch, I’ve been doing a lot of visualization of the perfect home for our family while Rick’s more focused more on talking to brokers and actually searching for houses. It’s a ying and yang approach to house hunting.
“Honey, have you been visualizing our ideal house every day?” I ask.
“I wouldn’t exactly say every day,” Rick responds.
It’s like the man doesn’t want a roof over our heads.
On the upside, I think we own the only Toyota that has yet to be recalled. So even if we don’t have a house, we have a car. And no smart ass, I’m not going to live in my car.
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