I think we’re getting closer to finding a house. We’ve eliminated several areas that were previously contenders and now we’re mainly focusing on one area that we really like. There are a bunch of houses for sale in our price range that have the features we’re seeking, so I think it’s only a matter of time before we find the right fit.
I think we should have devoted more time to driving around and checking out all possible areas before really starting to tour houses. Instead, we looked at a ton online and started seeing houses before we had a solid feel of the areas. That could have ended up badly, if we found a house we loved but later realized we didn’t really like the area as much as another.
It is challenging to figure out where you wanna end up when you’re not familiar with an entire metro. Driving around, reading the metro section of the newspaper to get a handle on where the fun stuff is and where the lousy stuff is, and chatting up people on the street seem to be a good way to go about it. Oh, and physically being there is gobs better than just reading about it on the internet. Duh. But it’s true.
I’m trying to find some mom friends who have kids around the ages of my kids, and I’m noticing the burbs have lots going on for that demographic, but I’m having a harder time finding stuff where I live.
It’ll probably be easier to make headway by concentrating on this one burb instead of on several. Looking forward to seeing more of what’s in this area.
I updated my progress bar in the sidebar. We used some of our house money for our van purchase, so we need to bump that up again before we close.
Time to really buckle down and only spend money on the necessities until we have some wiggle room again. Shouldn’t take too terribly long and it’ll be worth it.