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Old 03-29-2007, 12:44 PM   #21
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Ah, the allure of a nice new home is a newly developed area with all the nice shiny appliances, granite countertops, jetted garden tubs, 3 car over-sized garage, state of the art wiring, home theater set up, etc.

We went through that a couple of years ago when just after we got married. It was a "mine" vs "our" house issue. I bought the house with my late wife so it reflected my late wife's tastes. My new wife has somewhat different tastes and the result was internal conflict because of it. She sold her small condo when she moved in with me. She has been doing a fair amount of redecorating to make it "home" to her but there are some large issues that can't be addressed inexpensively.

We have looked at a couple of houses in a less expensive area but they were not what we are looking for. We know that we will downsize in the next few years but we are no longer shure we will stay in this area. The market here is still quite warm if not hot. Values continue to climb and even the higher end homes are moving off the market in a month or two. We could cash in on the run up but really don't want to move yet. So we continue to keep the 18 year old house up to neighborhood standards so when we do sell it will be up to snuff.

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Re: DW and I went new house INSANE, but recovered in time.
Old 03-29-2007, 05:45 PM   #22
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Re: DW and I went new house INSANE, but recovered in time.

We live in the midwest. Of course property values are not as high here as they are in California and some of the cities in the Northeast.... However things are relative. We were going to build a house on a private drive with about 1.5 acres of land about 6 years ago. The cost was fairly high for this area of the country. The costs kept escalating to the point that we began to question whether or not we wanted to spend the money... We could have afforded it easily, but it was more than we felt we needed. We wound up buying a different house and spent about $150k less. The funny thing... 7 years later I feel like we still wound up buying more house than we need (even after the downward adjustment). We have about a 3400 sq ft house.

Everyone has differnet priorities... for us, a big and/or fancy house is not one. I am planning on selling our house in a few years. We are considering a condo or maybe a lando.
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Everyone has differnet priorities... for us, a big and/or fancy house is not one. I am planning on selling our house in a few years. We are considering a condo or maybe a lando.
What's a "lando"?
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Couldn't resist?
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It was too tempting. BTW, I preferred the avatar of Captain Kirk shouting, "KHAN!" from Star Trek II. That was the best name/avatar combo ever. Period.
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Landominium. Like a condo, but a standalone house on a small lot... ususally a ranch.
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Landominium. Like a condo, but a standalone house on a small lot... ususally a ranch.
Aha! Those are called patio homes here.
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