The Search Continues…

When I started this blog, I imagined that by this point (end of March) I’d either a) be living in my new home or b) getting ready to close on my new home. When I started my search, people warned me not to rush into making a decision and to really think it through. I worried myself about making an impulsive decision. I think it’s safe to say that I haven’t rushed into anything, considering that my hunt is now moving into its third month. My realtor says this isn’t a long time, though.

I’ve looked at everything. I started with single family homes. I made an offer then retracted the offer. Last weekend, I spent a day looking at townhouses. Two of them just felt like places to put my stuff. One of them I liked but there was a utility tower about 15 feet away from my back window. I refuse to live that close to utility towers. Another one I loved and could see myself living there but the HOA fees would push me over my financial comfort zone. I revisited the townhouse that I can’t seem to let go of and I learned that I can fit my bed in the bedroom. But I wasn’t ready to make a commitment just yet.

Before I went to look at the townhouses, during my self-imposed break, I learned at a staff meeting that we would be cutting 11 positions next year. That news validated my feelings that retracting the offer was the right move because I would have been put in panic mode. The news also extended my house hunting break because I’m not going to put an offer on a house while my job status is up in the air. I also reconsidered my feelings towards moving back North. I looked at a few jobs online but quickly realized that that isn’t what I want.

Good news: I won’t be one of the positions cut. Whew.

Last week my mom texted me with some truth. She lives 500 miles away so she can’t be part of the home search the way she wishes she could. All she can do is search for houses online and send me links to places that are usually in the neighborhoods I’m like, nope. When she texted me, she asked me what I thought about a particular home that is a new construction. I responded negatively, and she responded with, “Well, you were willing to spend just as much money renovating an older house that you know nothing about. If you were willing to do that, why wouldn’t you be willing to look into a new construction where you would know the big stuff is newer?”

Sometimes my mom is very right about things. In fact, most of the time she’s right and I just don’t want to admit it. 🙂

During this week, I stopped at the new home studio to talk to someone there about their homes. It turns out that they offer a program for public school employees with either money towards the purchase or towards the closing costs of their new homes. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to at least see one of these homes in person. I’ve seen everything else at this point. Later today, I’m going to meet with my realtor and check out two of the models to see how I feel about it. If I like love them, maybe my home search will head in a direction I wasn’t expecting.

Usually my life goes in directions I don’t expect so I’m excited and optimistic about it.

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