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Deja Vu All Over Again?

January 31st, 2015 at 07:33 am

We have been approached by someone who has expressed interest in buying our house. This is a serious buyer, someone DH knows, a cash buyer.

We also have a strong lead on what could be an excellent renting situation.

When we made our last move, the really big one (Seattle to Austin), I swore it would be our last one until we moved in to a condo, retirement facility, or assisted living.

Moving is such hard work. I don't think anyone likes it. But I can't let that put me off.

We did buy in one of the fastest appreciating neighborhoods in what is practically a boom town. And so once again we are faced with the opportunity to make money on our primary residence.

Our expenses would stay pretty level. Overall quality of life might decrease slightly. Financially it would probably be a big plus, with so much depending on what happens to home prices in this area going forward.

On balance there seems to be more upside than downside, but I still need to do a lot of thinking. It takes effort to stay as emotionally detached as possible and reason with the side of me that thinks "WAAAH! Moving is hard!" It's like dealing with the side of me that thinks "WAAAH! Waking up early to make sure I get to work a little early is hard! Packing my lunch every day is hard! Homemade dinners and doing the dishes every single day is hard! Working & saving & being a responsible member of society are hard!" but on a bigger scale.

So often the hard thing is the right thing.

DH is pretty sure he wants to do it. The ball really is in my court.

6 Responses to “Deja Vu All Over Again?”

  1. scfr Says:

    Regarding quality of life decrease, I should mention that it would be in the short term. House wouldn't be as nice and commute would be longer, but we would not have to deal with upkeep (including yard) and I estimate it would either allow us to retire 2-3 years earlier (so long-term quality of life INCREASE) and/or spend on other things.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    What's that saying anything worth doing...I would dread the idea of a move, but if it made sense, I could see going for it.

  3. Deb Says:

    A great benefit of moving -- although I completely agree with the WAAAH and I don't want to do it because it is hard -- is that you get to go thru your stuff and have an extra chance to downsize and get rid of things you never use.

  4. scfr Says:

    Yes, moving is the best forced purge there is. We did a massive one when we moved from Seattle to Austin 7-1/2 years ago. At that time we were not only moving half way across the country, we brought only what we could fit in to a small moving van and moved from a biggish house to a 1BR apartment!

  5. starfishy Says:

    wow, that's a big development! if you sold your house and moved to a rental, would you eventually buy a condo or would you rent from now on?

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    The opportunity to retire a few years earlier ... if that is a biggie for you guys, then maybe that would be enough to make moving worthwhile.

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