Wow– you guys are incredibly helpful with your suggestions.
As far as the car/2 br– it’s not me, it’s the Fiance. I’m actually getting really frustrated because he calls these “non-negotiables.” So… I think I have to compromise a lot of what I want/expect to accomodate his non-negotiables. I don’t care as much about the car, b/c he is paying for that (I don’t drive the car ever), but I am annoyed about the 2 br. He won’t consider a 1.5 br b/c he says he has too much stuff and doesn’t want to get rid of his nice furniture. The problem, of course, is it seems I have to compromise on location.
I’m concerned about how dead FiDi is at night b/c I always feel unsafe at night in “dead” areas. I like knowing there are other people out. I don’t need it busy at 2 am, but dead at 7pm is a bit too much for me… I also can get lazy and want a place where there’s good food in the area. Where I work now is a DC-equivalent of FiDi, and I hate working on Saturdays b/c it’s all crap or closed outside of business hours…
We both have been wanting to live in NYC for various reasons for years now. He’s spent lots of time in Queens growing up (where his family mostly lives), so he doesn’t really love it. For me, I realize that farther out gets you more money, but I want to experience being in the thick of things first before I move out (maybe) one day. We both have good jobs, thankfully, with yearly raises, so we’re able to spend the money. We already spend the money here (DC prices are pretty much the same, you just get a lot more for your money. So our current 2 br/2ba is around $3k, but we have a balcony, pool, w/d).
@kariface: I’ll check out that broker… thanks! IN fact, we started looking at Williamsburg b/c there are lots of new buildings with parking that are only a little over our budget. I’m hoping the prices drop by the time we move.
Ugh– this compromise thing is annoying. I will end up spending a more than I’d like and getting additional amenities (an entire extra bedroom) that doesn’t really seem necessary. It’s actually really pissing me off. There’s been lots of bickering and we NEVER fight (No really, very seldomly. We spend a lot of time smiling and giggling.) Right now, for instance, I’m feeling annoyance with everything. Here is something I’ve always wanted, and it’s turning into a big negative and I don’t even care anymore.
He will not budge on this stuff, either. We’ll see… Wish me luck….