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So Much To Think About

December 16th, 2008 at 07:33 pm

Since returning from our house hunting trip to San Diego, DH & I have been doing a bit of house hunting ... in Austin! The Austin real estate market had been holding up pretty well, but some builders seem to have "seen the light" and have taken some pretty significant price drops.

So, Austin seems to be "back in play." So much to think about ... Austin? San Diego? When to acutally buy? And what to do about the apartment lease that is coming up very very soon?

What are San Diego's advantages? Paradise on Earth: Mild climate, and drop-dead gorgeous scenery. DH can be more comfortable & happy there. Housing prices have already dropped quite a bit.

What are Austin's advantages?
Financially, very comfortable. Low cost of living (emphasis on low taxes and low cost of housing). I have work here. The housing market is showing signs that it has weakened and we may finally be able to "drive a bargain."

It almost seems like a "head vs. heart" decision, with Austin being the head and San Diego being the heart. I've been toying with ideas of how we could get both, such as staying here in Austin but planning on vacationing 2-3 weeks each year in S.D. (We've never had a "regular vacation spot." We've always enjoyed visiting new places. But maybe it's time to change that ... at least for a few years, until we get the itch to try some new places again.) I'm also looking in to a couple things that might make DH more comfortable & happier here.

So much to think about.....

6 Responses to “So Much To Think About”

  1. Amber Says:

    It's tough, wish I had a solution...good luck

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    Keep us informed!! I would say it is a money thing...if you run the numbers and can still live the lifestyle you want to live in SD, then do it. I have never been to either place, so I got nothing on that front.

  3. fern Says:

    I would go with austin, myself. Isn't its climate similar to SD?

  4. Sunshine Suz Says:

    Well, Ma'am since I'm in TEXAS....You know how I'm voting!!! : )

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I can relate somewhat to your dilemma. I too am coming up to a tipping point where I'm going to have to decide between Texas or CA.

    Wish I knew of a way to say for sure what the best decision was!

  6. scfr Says:

    Actually, the weather is pretty different.

    Austin gets much warmer in the summer, and a bit colder in the winter (tho' not what anyone in a Northern state would call cold). San Diego's weather is milder and more consistent year round.

    Text is http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/vacationplanner/vacationclimatology/monthly/USCA0982?from=vac_top10_theme and Link is
    Text is http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/vacationplanner/vacationclimatology/monthly/USTX0057?from=vac_cityoverview and Link is

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