Monday, January 24, 2011

Home Sweet Home - The Conclusion

Just close your eyes and click your red sparkly heels three times!
WHAT. EVER.

Hubby and I decided this weekend that we aren't going to pursue The House.

It just didn't feel totally right.

Don't get me wrong, we so much wanted it to feel right.

But unfortunately, in this day and age, in this real estate market...it didn't.

Thinking about trying to sell was stressful.

Thinking about how much $$$ we WOULDN'T be getting if/when we sold our Trenches was stressful.  (Thanks, Mr. Short Sales and Mrs. Foreclosures.)

Thinking about how much more our mortgage payment would potentially be was stressful.

But staying where we are and imagining the possibilities isn't stressful.

Renovating our kitchen.  (Which, yes, I admit, I'm sure will be stressful at the time.  But now?  Ahhhh...to just dream of additional cabinet and counter space...)

Expanding the back deck and landscaping the back yard.

Being able to afford our yearly vacations to Myrtle Beach and Cape Cod.

I know we've made the right decision.

But it still stings.

Being a responsible grownup is hard.  Blech.

8 comments:

Christine said...

I so feel you. We desperately need a new big house. But, just can't do it - not now. So we dream about making our house new and big. And hope one day we can. Dang northeast!

Life As I Know It said...

we made a similar decision when we bought our current house. Do we want to live in a bigger house and not be able to do anything except pay the bills? Or live in a smaller (outdated) house and be able to take vacations and go out to eat and not be stressed about money. We chose option number 2.

Sounds like your current house is a perfect home, anyway.

Vodka Logic said...

Sounds like a wise decision. I know I would prefer to have a vacation than be house poor.

Melissa E. said...

I think you guys made the right choice. That house would've been gorgeous, but this market is insane and selling a house is very very hard.

We're stuck, too. We bought in 2006, right before things went downhill. We now owe $30K more on the house than it is worth. It's a 2 bedroom and I'm pregnant with our 2nd child.

BUT. . . It will be okay. The market will get better eventually. We just decided to redecorate our downstairs. That makes it easier to deal with, somehow.

Good luck with your renovations. :)

Christy said...

My hubby and I were recently in the same boat. We found this big amazing historic house with a grand staircase that I fell in love with. Unfortunately, it just isn't the right time to buy a new house for us, especially if we were going to try to sell the one we currently live in. Sigh. Good luck with the renovations!

Maureen said...

agreed! on all counts, especially the being the grown up part.

DIAPERS in the DESERT said...

Sounds like you guys are making the right choice for your fam! Good job on being responsible no matter how bad it stings!

Judy said...

Ugh - I hate making grown up decisions! I think you made a good one, though. Home is where your heart is...and your family. Cheesy and cliche, but true!

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