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House Hunt Complete

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I spent the last two days looking at nine different properties–six of which would have required DD to switch elementary schools. They were in the middle school boundaries but not the elementary. I was glad I looked at those rental houses even though a few were at the same rent I’m paying now. I wasn’t moved enough by the houses to take my daughter out of her school. I also looked at a three bedroom apartment that would keep the kids in their schools but the complex was old, rundown and had some unsavory characters. The surroundings just didn’t pass my gut check.

So I ended up back at the first apartment complex I found.  I drove by at different hours to check things out.  The parking situation looks good with a huge parking lot in relation to the building. I looked at the trash receptacles to make sure they weren’t a mess. I even got out and checked for dog poo!  Crazy lady!  Lol.   I did all of this before looking at an actual apartment interior bc I wanted that $350 look and lease!  It’s gated but I snuck in!  You all motivated me to investigate.

I finally looked at an interior late yesterday. I love it!  The apartments are only 3 years old and on a road with very little around it.  The traffic flow is good.  The bedrooms are generous sized.  Overall it is a fit.  I applied today and even negotiated a single car garage for free that I am permitted to use for storage. We move in on March 30. Let the decluttering begin!!!


Additional update…

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Right after my last post I got a call from the leasing agent with the management company.  She seemed irritated that she found out from the owner’s agent that I was moving out.  I explained to her that I had not yet agreed to move out before the contract termination date of September 24, 2013 but that I was not interested in buying the house.  She wanted to be sure to remind me that I do not have to agree to showings on the house until the last 30 days of the lease.  She then advised that the owner’s real estate agent asked for my number so that she could set up a time to come take a look at the house to determine what needs to be done to get it on the market.

I then received a text from the owner saying April 30 could be the new exit date.  Showings would begin March 1.  I responded I needed to think about it and I’d be back in touch.

I’ve spent a lot of time today doing research and while the rental pickings are very slim if I want to keep the kids in their schools, I am encouraged by the money I will be saving!  As a reminder I currently pay $1795 in rent.  I have two options right now that I plan to look at tomorrow.  One is a rental house for $1,250.  It’s roomy with 3 bdrm/2 bath and 2,600 square feet.  That is a lot of house but it’s a very good area and a decent price.  It would be a $1,250 deposit and another $500 for the two dogs (and yes, I have given thought to the fact that I have two dogs and don’t need two dogs and could emotionally handle adopting one of the two out but for now I am planning on both of them moving with us–otherwise I feel irresponsible and like the grinch). The other option is a 2 bdrm, 2 bath apartment.  The rent is $1050, $500 for the pets but both are permitted and there’s a $49 deposit special going on right now.  The kids would have to share a room but that doesn’t give me much heartburn.  And DD still likes to come hang out with mom anyway. 

Right now I am leaning toward the apartment.  We’ll see how things look when I visit tomorrow.  The other thought starting to gain momentum in the back of my head is to sell my bedroom furniture and my too large breakfast room table for 8.  The bedroom furniture and that table will not fit in an apartment or a smaller house and I simply want to downsize my life!  I won’t rush out to list anything on craigslist but I’m definitely thinking!!!

I really can’t believe all of this is unfolding now and in this way.  I’m doing okay with it all but truly amazed.  I’ll take it as a helping hand from the universe to get me out of too much house and, hopefully, too much debt!


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