At this point, I’m sitting pretty financially. If you combine my car and down payment funds, as well as the money sitting in a money market fund earmarked for investments, I have $79,100 saved and that’ll keep going up in the next few months, plus cash reserves of $24,100. I estimate that I’ll put another $6,400 in there in May, $1,800 in June and $10,000 in July.
I have a pretty wide price range and am on the look out for the right place in the right neighborhood.
I have a pretty good grasp of what I want inside of a unit.
But what if I don’t find a place to buy before my current lease is up (mid-July)?
I’m not happy in my current apartment. The floorplan on my old apartment was amazing. Sure, the view sucked in that I wanted to keep the blinds closed at all times and it was a bit noisy at times, but the floorplan mostly made up for that. This current apartment was supposed to be temporary, so the requirement was that I could walk to work and I didn’t have to put any furniture into storage. But then the condo deal fell through and I’ve now been here for three months (!). Now that things aren’t as crazy busy and I’m spending more time at home, I hate it. Well, as much as you can hate granite countertops in a gorgeous, spacious kitchen, and an incredibly spacious bathroom with an amazing showerhead… It’s a gorgeous apartment, but I hate the floorplan/layout.
So I’ve decided that I am moving in mid-July, whether I find a condo to buy and move in to or I find a new apartment. That means that I’m looking for condos now and then in mid-June, I’ll switch to looking at apartments (while still somewhat looking at condos).
Ugh, I *hate* moving. But I need to be happy in the place I’m living and I’d rather spend a couple hundred bucks more a month if that means I’ll be happier. It’s starting to feel like this condo hunt could take awhile… I did a really good job of picking my first apartment in this city a few years ago. If the condo deal that fell through hadn’t happened, I’d probably still be there, to be honest.
I’m feeling much better about the housing situation after looking for places on PadMapper.com (OMG why did I not know about this place when I was looking before?!). So I’m pretty confident that I will find a more awesome place (to me) to live in July.
I am so not looking forward to updating my addresses everywhere though and packing and moving… But the idea of moving definitely makes me happier, so I’m going to go for it.
Readers, what are your tricks to moving? If you own, did it take you awhile to find the place that you’re in?