Post # 17
Rent and wait for the perfect house. This is the biggest purchase you will ever make. The maket isn’t going anywhere right now – really, it’s an excellent time to sit, and watch for your perfect house. It’ll happen! When you factor in time for closing, you’ve basically maxed out pre-wedding time, anyway. Sign a lease, give yourself some breathing space! You;ll have more time to save up money, and may even have a better shot at getting the house you really love!
Post # 18
We’re going to rent a townhouse in the suburbs – we want to save up a bigger down payment and get to know the area that we’ll be living in better so that we can find the perfect neighborhood and house.
Post # 19
We don’t rent, but we have neighbors that do. He got transferred here so they just rented a town house until they could find a place that they wanted to buy. I think it only took them a few months to find one.
Post # 20
Take a deep breath and find a place to rent! There’s no rush, and plenty of people rent even in small towns. If you’re paying more in rent than you would in a mortgage, that will help give you a little push to find your dream house, but there’s no reason to stress about it especially with all the other stuff going on.
Post # 21
We rent we have been for a few years now. We plan on moving into a house 2-3 years after we get married. We want to be able to save and right now all we save is for the wedding. But we deff want to move into a house before our son (one now) starts school 🙂
Post # 22
We rent and are actually moving from one rental (a condo) to another (3/2 house) in about a month. We live in NE Florida and the market is great for buyers but we aren’t ready to make that commitment. Althought we’ve looked and still look from time to time we haven’t really seen anything that’s “US”. I say…rent for now until you are COMPLETELY ready and sure. You don’t want to rush into anything and then regret it later.
Post # 23
I think he was ok with renting this whole time, but knew how much it meant to me to be “settled”. I need a vacation after all this. That is what the honeymoon is for, right?
Post # 24
We’re renting, we live in a nice apartment and just signed our lease for another year. I’d love to get a house but most of our money is earmarked for wedding expenses and we’re not quite sure where we are going to end up living in a year or two. We are in our mid-20s and still in sort of starter jobs, so it’s very possible FI’s next job will take us to a different city.
It still feels like “our” place, and honestly we don’t have the time, money, or furniture to fill a house right now! If we decide to move, it would be much easier to get out of our apartment lease than to try to sell a house and buy a new one, too.
Post # 25
We rent. We will be renting for a long time. We don’t see a need to buy a house. We like renting, and we like not having the stress of taxes and maintenance costs and emergency repairs. It’s just easier right now, with it just being the two of us. We might buy once we have a couple of kids and know that we’re not going to want to move for a long time.
Post # 26
We’re renting! It’s probably the best decision we’ve made so far. We’re saving a lot on the power bill (because it’s only one bedroom) and we have enough time to look for a house that we REALLY love; instead of rushing to get a home. I don’t think anything is wrong with renting, especially if it’s only for a few years. Yea, we’re paying more in rent than his brother is in motrgage but we don’t care! Nobody bought us a house (like his parents did for his brother) and we don’t have a down payment right now. So why get frustrated about buying a home, when we have the rest of our lives to buy a home?! 🙂
Post # 27
thanks everyone for the advice…I really hope that we can find an affordable house and in an area that we agree on. sigh. I really dont want to live in his home town. I know it would be nice to know people, but I reallllly don’t want all his single friends stopping over unannounced all the time. I just wish I could FF til next year.
Post # 28
Darling Husband and I have both previously owned (before our divorces) now we’re renting. We were working hard with an agent these past few months and have become very discouraged with the market here. So we gave up and found a new house to rent, they’ll do month to month with us and we’ll keep looking. We’d like to get Dh’s credit back up so that we can use his income which will substantially increase our price range. Don’t settle, that’s my best advice!
Post # 29
Sometimes owning a house isn’t right. It sounds like there isn’t a house for you right now. Maybe wait a little while before looking again.
We are currently renting in AL because we aren’t sure how long we will stay here.
Post # 30
Right now we’re both renting–as in, different apartments. We’re about 2½ hours apart; him in a city about 40mins. North of Toronto, and I’m in a small town (obvs.) further away. I’m moving in with him around Sept., after my lease is up, but we’re also house hunting at the moment–he’s got 4 appointments for walk-throughs, tomorrow! We’re hoping to find something before Sept., so I won’t have to pack twice. 😛
Post # 31
We’re renting a townhouse in the small town where we both work until we can afford some land to build on in the surrounding countryside.