Any apartment renters on the Bee?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@PositiveThinking:  Who cares what people think! Are you happy? Are you in love? Would you live in a shack if thats where your hubby was? I think renting is AWESOME!

Post # 4
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@PositiveThinking:  *HUGS*  Honestly I think it’s very common for people in high cost real estate areas to rent.  I’m originally from southern CA, where a single family home starts in the $700k+ range, and most of my friends still rent.  The only two friends I know with homes had considerable help from their parents (i.e. parents purchased the home in the 80s).

Post # 5
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@PositiveThinking:  Oh hun, don’t feel bad! I rent as well and I can understand how you feel. Would I love for FI and I to be able to buy a house. Yes, but it just isn’t in our cards right now.

I think of it this way. I pay my landlord every month. When my air conditioning breaks, I call him and it is no longer my headache. The yardwork and snow removal is taken care of by someone else, which in turn allows me more quality time with my FI. With as busy as FI and I both are right now, if we owned a home all we would be spending time together doing is yardwork/maintenance.

Post # 6
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m a renter. We hope to buy one day, but it won’t happen for a few years. I don’t really think this anything to beat yourself up over. You have a roof over your head, and an apartment that you adore. Be thankful for that. Measuring your own success based on where everyone else is with their life is a sure recipe for unhappiness.

Post # 7
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hmm…we are renting now although will buy once we’re done with our lease since houses aren’t insanely priced here (they’re pretty cheap!)

However, most of my friends don’t own their own homes yet. Most of them are single too though. The ones that do live in a town where houses are very cheap (2-3 bedroom under $100k) and another with a nice 5 bedroom $300k house was give a $50k deposit from her father. So no, I don’t feel behind. I could afford one of those cheaper under $100k homes right now but we’re saving up more because we’re in a more expensive area and we need some room for kids. We both have only been working full time for about 2 years so hence why we are still saving. Only within the past 1.5 years have I been able to save at all!  Poor educational decision on my part…lol.

Life isn’t a race, plenty of people in high cost areas rent!  I don’t think it’s anything to be depressed about.

Post # 8
3197 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@PositiveThinking:  Yes right now we rent an apartment as well.  The recession caused us both to switch jobs a lot.  Not we own a successful business but we both went back to college.  Once I’m finished with my degree we will buy a home but I wish it could be sooner.  It’s difficult to find a position in my chosen career so we will buy a house or condo once I have a secure job position in my field and not before.  

Although we are looking into buying an out-of-state rental property for the additional income.  

Post # 9
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We rent, and will for a while.  And not just because my fiance can’t buy me house.  Because I can’t buy me a house either.  Saying you wouldn’t marry a man because they can’t buy a house is basically saying “Hi I’m a gold digger.”


But back to the point, where I live most people my age (20’s-early 30’s) rent.  Many people well into their middle age rent, some do their whole lives.  I’d like to own someday, but I also like that I can call the landlord when something is broken.  Our rent is not much different than what our mortgage would be for a place we want, but we don’t have the $20,000+ for downpayment and closing costs. 


Post # 11
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Anyone who says that clearly doesn’t live in a major city!

I always said I wanted to own a house before TTC/baby.

Then we moved to Boston!

Post # 12
2129 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We rent and don’t have any plans on purchasing a home in the near future. We do not want to be tied to a mortgage right now, we like to travel a lot and would rather spend money on that, and also his company can move us any place in the world when they need him. It wouldn’t be very smart for us to buy a home. I do not consider ourself less successful than our homeowning acquaintances or friends because we rent. We just have different priorities.

Post # 15
1346 posts
Bumble bee

I’m still going to school, SO has been out of work for 2 months. Neither of us are ready to buy a home yet. We’re also planning on moving overseas within 3 years, so buying a home now wouldn’t make sense even if we had the money. I only know a few people my age (24-26) who own their homes and they’re either married or have had ajob with the same company for over 5 years. We’re all at different places in our lives. I would love to own a home one day, but it’s going to take me a while before I get financially stable enough to actually go out and do it.

Post # 16
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@PositiveThinking:  We rent!! you are not alone and I was taught the same thing,

having a home is part of your status. Unfortunately, its very unrealistic to own a home in the city we live bc a 1 family in my city starts at $700K!

There are other areas we can move too but I am not willing to pay over $400/mo in commuting expenses. Thats $400 for my husband and $400 for me, thats $800 total! ON top of that, a mortgage, utilities, car expense. Its ridiculous.

The other borough we can move too is out of the question bc the cancer rate is too high and people would have to pay a $13 toll. We can get a nice house for under $500K but husband won’t budge on that idea.

So since we love the city we are in so much, we are willing to save up for a Condo in the next few years.

But I am hoping to talk him into moving to the other borough.

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