(Closed) Anyone else do the should-we-buy-a-house dance before settling on a condo/apt?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2892 posts
Sugar bee

Ideally we wanted a detached home. Unfortunately we aren’t Rockefellers so settled on townhomes. Looked into condo apartments for a while due to the low cost. Wound up buying a townhouse that belonged to a condo association. Why? Beautiful common area. We never have to mow a lawn. They trim our bushes and paint our fence. They pay for our water and our water heater. They pay for trash and snow removal. They keep the neighborhood in check. We get the perks of living in a house with the added advantage of only having to worry about an electric bill and having most everything else taken care of. 🙂

Post # 4
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re at the tail end (hopefully!) of this situation ourselves.  We thought we’d stay in our current place until we we were ready to buy, but when I got pregnant, we realised that this place wasn’t going to cut it.  

For us, the decision came down to 1) are we willing to leave the city (detached homes average over $650,000 here) so that we can have a house with a yard? and 2) are we ready to do that now?

The answer to 1 was YES.  The answer to 2 wasn’t so clear.  I’m ready to leave, but my DH isn’t.  His job is downtown and he doesn’t want a 1.5 hour + commute.  We also had no clue where we would want to live in the areas/cities/towns surrounding our city.  I’m going to be a Stay-At-Home Mom (at least until any kids we have are in school full-time), so it was really important to me that DH was happy with his job and his workday.  He’s working on a project right now with so much overtime that that kind of commute would really be awful.  

So, we’re trying to find a condo or apartment to rent.  We’ll stay in the city for 1-2 more years and then find our house.  

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