(Closed) House Envy!

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I totally feel ya!  Houses in the NYC area are an arm and a leg…  how does anyone afford to buy around here!!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Yah we’re basically going to have to move to Brooklyn and/or the much dreaded suburbs… and even then, we’re still going to rent and not buy.

Even if we could buy, they say you should plan to live in the same place for at least five years before you buy… and that’s not really possible at this point in our lives (i.e. if and when kids enter the picture).

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am right there with you. My  fiancee and I want a house sooo bad, but it’s just not possible until I finish grad school and find a decent job. It does stink because we’ve got 4 friends who were recently married and have purchased houses and we’re still "slumming" in a one bedroom apartment. I feel inadequate…I suppose I always thought when I was married I would be living in a house. I know one day we will have a house, but it is soooo hard to be patient!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Luckily, my fiance comes with a house (and a mortgage)! The bad part is, it is very small (800 sq feet). We love the location, but if we are going to have family, we will need to either add on to our current house or buy a bigger house. With me being unemployed and his job is kind of rocky right now, it doesn’t look like we are going to be able to do either for awhile.

We really want to add on because we love where our house is right now. We are about a 2 minute walk from the lake we live on and we have a dock and his parents boat right there too. So I follow design/home renovation blogs and dream for now.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

I refuse to leave the city, but I want a yard so bad that it hurts.  Houses in the city though…not realistic for us for awhile.  Oh well, what can you do?!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Catholic ceremony, reception at local armory

I have house envy too!  Houses in the Chicago area are so expensive compared to places in the UP, where a lot of our friends live.  We started looking but when we got engaged, we realized we couldn’t afford a nice wedding and a house at the same time.  Plus, we’re pretty sure we don’t want to live in Illinois much longer, so that whole buying a house thing wouldn’t be in our best interest.  It’s hard though when a lot of your friends have houses.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

im lucky, my hubby owned a few homes before we even met so when i hear of my coworkers and friends struggling i never envy their mcmansions for our 50yr old house

i do wonder about my siblings children and how they are ever going to get their foot into the (Sydney) market. thats why in our wills have various properties left to them but they cant get their hands on them legally until they are 26yrs old as i figured by that age they are more settled and hopefully thinking more long term for their futures.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My parents are encouraging us to start thinking of whether we could take advantage of the first-time homebuyers tax credit.  I assumed we were at least 3 more years away from thinking about a house, but we’ll see.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

whats the first homer buyers credit for you guys??? down here you get a grant of $21K ($24K if youre building a new house)

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i think it’s $8,000 for the feds.  They just suggested it last week and it’s been an insane week at work, so I haven’t even looked at it.  I think we may meet with a realtor a week or two after we get back from our wedding and start finding out more.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We are ready to buy a house and are looking, we were really moved by the tax credit, but there are still house envy issues. We have friends who have already purchased homes, and we have an idea of how much they cost and it’s way more than we’ll be able to spend. And they are decorating so fast, and with things we’d never be able to afford, that quickly. We sometimes sit back and think "who are these people and where did they get the money!?" You just have to keep plugging along and realize that we are all moving at our own paces according to our own plans. But it soooo hard to contain the green eyed monster sometimes!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

Here to! One of our good friends just bought a 3 bedroom 2 bath AWESOME townhouse, but it is in Palm Springs and we could never live there w/ out jobs. Mr Frenchie’s sister and her Boyfriend or Best Friend are house shopping right now and their budget it over two times what ours is… it is NUTS!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

we live near the beach in LA, so while the crappy economy means we can rent here, we could never buy here! So yes – i am right there with you with house envy!!

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