- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2016
Fiance and I went house hunting yesterday, as we are moving to Seattle soon. We are moving for my new job and the plan was: if I like the job, we would buy a home after a year or so (housing prices are growing like crazy here.. Supposedly becoming the next SF due to tech). Otherwise we would stay at whichever rental we choose for the 3 years of my contract. Also.. We want to start TTC in a year or so.. Maybe a bit less… so this rental may be where our baby is born.
we are torn between two houses. House A has offered us the lease. House B has told us that they like us.. But another applicant has offered more money and a long lease. We think if we match house Bs best offer we might get it.. If we offer a higher bid we almost certainly will.
House A: 3bd 2bath, including master suite bath. big yard for bbqs and our dog (more than enough for us to run around playing chase!), 1600 sq ft, two full bathrooms, recently renovated, 12 ft vaulted ceilings, $2800/month for 1 year then month to month. Walk score 79, including nearby movie theaters but no walking distance dog park. modern feel.
house B: 3 bed, 1 full, 1 Half bath. craftsman style, bigger porch than A (enough to have a few rocking chairs and hang out) but very small yard (think carport) with fences low enough i wouldnt let the dog out unsupervised. 1220 sq ft. Beautiful dark floors with so much character, reading nook with built ins, French doors to the office, upstairs bedrooms are small (might not fit the king bed we’ve been dreaming of..) and upstairs bath has no shower.. And we never take baths. and it’s an Attic 2nd floor so no standing upright for a decent portion of the bedrooms (at least 1/2 of each room.. Decent risk of head bumping). At least $3000/month, maybe $3050 if we want to out-bid, and at least 2 year lease. walk score 83, it’s a more desirable neighborhood, we would be walking distance neighbors with my boss (who I like as a person, and his family in general get along with us so I could envision the occasional pot luck), 20 minute walk to a decent dog park. FI’s definite favorite.
Both are almost identical commute to my work and our favorite dog park in the city.
Fiance really prefers house B and I did initially, but the super small bedrooms, the abundant stairs (which both our dog and later us with a newborn may hate) and the fact we’d be paying at least an extra $2400/year, (maybe $3000!) and wouldnt have the option to buy a home in a year as we had hoped Are making me doubt if I even want to match the other bidders offer! (We are hoping I love my job to bits.. of course).
help. we are torn, and an unbiased unoverwhelmed opinion or 60 would help.
which would you choose? If B, how much would you offer?