Wednesday, December 23, 2009
job and house hunt
While the rest of the world turns their thoughts to Christmas, my thoughts have turned to real estate. Yes, real estate. The majority of my job hunting has lead me to interviews outside of Utah and all around the country. Which means the very strong possibility of moving away from this home and life I love so much. I'm putting a lot of faith and trust in the Lord that leaving Utah may be the right thing to do at what feels like the wrong time to do it.
During my house hunting process I have discovered something odd about myself. This time last year I lived in a one bed, one bath, 800 sq ft apartment. My two luxuries were the gas fireplace (which rarely worked) and the washer and dryer in the apartment. When my lease was up, and my job situation changed, and my priorities included having a second bedroom for a foster child, and an office space for my work from home needs, I looked to find a bigger place. Now, as I look far and wide at the various housing markets (and oh how they differ) I find myself not looking for a simple apartment in a nice neighborhood, but more at 2,000 sq ft homes, with fences, gated communities or golf courses. And nothing less than 3 bedrooms obviously. Because how could I expect to survive in something smaller than that?
And I wonder, when did I become a housing snob? Could I go back to small apartment living if it meant more pocket money for buying fun things and traveling more? I just don't know. And quite frankly, I don't care. I want my home to be my castle. Is that so wrong?
So my friends, I turn to you. What are your priorities in a home? What do you have to have? Which amenities? What perks? Garden tub? Golf course access? Freeway access? Short commute? Square footage? Resell value (have to admit, i don't care about that. i'm buying for me, not the person after me)? Island in the kitchen? Stainless appliances? Good schools (another thing i don't care in the least about)?