BulgingButtons

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Too Many Choices

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Close to work and in a pretty neighborhood, but it needs updating. Still, the price is right.

Close to work and in a pretty neighborhood, but it needs updating. Still, the price is right.

The day after tomorrow my listing goes live. The listing for my house, that is. It will officially be “for sale” and the search for a new home will continue as we cross our fingers that this one goes quickly and for a fair price.

Now I have to decide where I want to live. Of course I don’t want to put the cart before the horse, but I really need to give it some thought in order to narrow down my search. Everyone knows that the first rule of real estate is, “location, location, location,” but the question is, which location?

I’m at a point where I can automatically rule out any homes that back to busy streets or have horrible views. I can cross off the list any neighborhoods that seem run down or unsafe. I also want to limit my commute to a particular distance. All that being said, I still have some decisions to make.

A longer drive but about the same square footage. Of course it's all up to date and doesn't need a thing. But the price... ouch.

A longer drive but about the same square footage. Of course it’s all up to date and doesn’t need a thing. But the price… ouch.

Do I go for the homes in the neighborhood near me now which is a little higher priced, but all the homes are new and the neighborhood is pristine, or do I go for the lower priced homes closer to work that will need some cosmetic fixes that can be done over time? The savings in cost and time commuting are important to me, but so is the comfort of a home that doesn’t need any work. Of course the homes in great condition require a higher mortgage payment each month, so I would be home more.

Either way, I’m looking for a spacious home in a safe, pretty neighborhood, that won’t break the bank. Is that too much to ask? I didn’t think so.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the teenage son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

4 thoughts on “Too Many Choices

  1. Good luck with the search! I was house hunting about this time last year.

    • It’s exhausting, is it not? Or maybe I’m just too particular. Did you find your dream home?

      • I found a compact condo on the river without any stairs, which was what I needed to be ready for my hip surgery. I don’t know if I’d call it my dream home, but it met all my criteria for the moment and I quite like it. My options were limited by the fact that I wasn’t willing to leave my daughter’s school catchment, and by the fact that some condo complexes don’t allow pets (which I can understand in a rental situation, but seems a bit draconian when one actually BUYS a condo!)

      • I think that’s what we’ll find, a place that meets all the requirements for the moment. I’m glad you were able to find something suitable, and you’re right about the pet thing, silly.

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