Coming Out of Left Field

Monday, May 09, 2005

Moving on up

Our landlord has begun the process of selling our current house, so my wife and I are starting to look for other living arrangements. Last week we'd gone to a few open houses in Medford with the intent of finding something to buy, and had actually though we'd come across a likely place. But after talking to someone knowledgeable in real estate, who was able to diagnose mold, unstable bathroom tiles and other signs of nice-looking but low-quality renovations just from looking at photos, we decided we felt much more uneasy about committing years and money to such a house. The wife and I had already been concerned about many of the current owners' changes, which were in such a specific style that if you wanted to do things your way, you'd have to rip everything out and start over.

The friend also recommended that, given our deadline and our desire to find a good house, not just any old shack, we rent and then buy. Even if the housing market doesn't "fall off a cliff" (his words), we'd be giving ourselves more time to find something. So for now we'll just look for a nice one-bedroom while keeping an eye on the new houses. It's a step forward, at least -- our own place, with nobody but the stuffed animals to share it with.


Good luck with the hunting. Moving sucks very loudly. Give a shout if you need any help with boxes, etc., when the time comes!

Thanks for the offer, we just might take you up on it. We could treat you to dinner in exchange, or just for the heck of it. :)

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