Thank goodness because if the stress of buying a home wasn't enough to drive me mad then the stress of living in a too small home surely would. Two people, 400 square feet. Not good. I felt like I was being suffocated. I'd lived there for five years and had already outgrown the studio, street parking, community laundry lifestyle but now there were two of us and I was OVER IT! I hear all of these stories about a trend in mini houses and couples minimizing their lifestyle living in 200 square feet. That sounds all nice and good and I'm all for downsizing and getting rid of excess but c'mon. That is just not comfortable or natural on any level to sustain. Like your job, if your living situation isn't right it affects your whole outlook on life. Everything else is filtered through this lens of discontent. I was just aching for space. Aching to breathe and make my day to day life more functional. It's not just about potential investment so the decline of the real estate market did not sway us a bit. Like a lot of people out there. We still wanted to buy.
We could already see how difficult it was going to be to find a house that we liked in our budget. There seemed to be multiple offers on houses within minutes of going on the market and you know what that means. A bidding war. And you will always lose against offers with cash or a hefty down payment. It was like a full time job. You had to be on those listings and you had to go see them fast which was hard to do around our work schedule and wedding planning. Some of the houses we were looking at were beat up and we are not the fixer upper type. We also started to get cold feet about the 1 hour Northbound commute to work every every day. Suddenly the new house started to look better and better. While still not centrally located, the Eastbound commute is only about 30 minutes, the HOA was low and there were no pesky Mello Roos like the other area we were considering. Oh, and wouldn't it be fun to pick out all of our design features? About a week later we went back to see if we could make it work. It was about 25K more then I wanted to spend but we wanted out of the studio and with our wedding coming up in six months we didn't want to spend a year house hunting. We couldn't get everything we wanted but I think we paid a reasonable price for the house we got. The payments are comfortable, once I got used to the number and I don't feel that we are house poor. Just regular poor!!
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