Sunday, July 11, 2010
We received unfortunate news from our property manager a little over a week ago - we would not be allowed to sign on for another year in the small house we've called home for the past 22 months.
Moving into another rental home was not part of our grand plan. Nope, not at all. That plan called for us to save up enough $ to have a marginal down payment on a mortgage and to then settle in for the long haul (relatively speaking of course, Allie and I have lived in eleven homes over the course of our 15 year marriage). But that was not to be as the owner of this rental home needs to sell the property in order to pay medical bills. The homeowners did offer to sell the house to us, but checking the Zestimate™ from Zillow.com, this house will list for more than we are willing to pay, not to mention the small detail that it's also more than we can afford.
So it's back to checking Craigslist and a few other websites, trying to find a decent house in a decent, kid-friendly neighborhood that has 2+ bedrooms, a yard, a garage, decent storage space and within a few hundred bucks of what we're currently spending monthly.
Oh, and just to rub the proverbial salt in the festering wound, we found out a few days too late that a neighbor, residing just around the corner (close enough that I can see the house as I type) is moving and that that homeowner has already signed a lease with new tenants. Need I mention the fact that it's a nicer, larger home with a yard and that the rent is the same as what we currently pay? Ugh...