Tuesday, May 23, 2006

House Envy, again

I know I should be happy with what I have. I have a great house which has lots of fabulous features. I have incredible neighbors. And I live in a terrific neighborhood.

But.

I went to a playgroup today one town over. We played in her huge finished basement. She had an entranceway, a great open kitchen that goes right into a family room, a powder room, lots of things I would LOVE to have in a house. And I left feeling totally envious. Maybe that's not really the appropriate word. It's not at all like I felt that it wasn't fair she had such a nicer house than me. I'm glad they have that. It's that I couldn't help thinking what WE could do with a house that size.

I came home, pulled up the Century 21 website, and found lots of houses in that town that I THINK we could afford - and they have these same features. Finished basement is high on my list, as is an open kitchen, at least 1 1/2 baths, a nice size backyard (fenced in already would be a plus), at least 3 bedrooms, a family room - I can see us living in a place like this. So...after DH said he was fine with us looking, I contacted the agent we used when we bought this place and left a message. I figure it can't hurt to at least get a sense for what's out there and what we could afford. And wouldn't it be fabulous to find out that we could make a move like that without breaking the bank?!

So now I'm waiting for a call back, and can't wait to get the ball moving. I know that nothing might come of all this, but the possibilities are so exciting!

4 comments:

Anjali said...

Rachel,
In light of the fact that the market has slowed down significantly, I think you're smart to look around now. Houses in my neighborhood that used to sell at ridiculous prices the day they were listed, have been sitting for a couple of months. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find. (And, by the way, I'm in LOVE with my finished basement. Nothing like sending the kids downstairs to give me a few minutes of peace and quiet.)

jess said...

Ooooh! I love house hunting. Good luck. I'm always envious of other peoples houses.

M-j said...

Go for it.
Was this the same house you had envy of before? LOL!
I would also call or go online and ask for a mortgage prequal, to find out EXACTLY what you can afford. It is free, and it gives you a really good idea of what you can spend. And, you might be surprised to find out what your house is worth and how much equity you have!!!

Amanda said...

I had house envy the other day with a friend of mine. Yet it was too big and kinda cold. I come home to mine and it is warm and friendly :) Moving and buying is scary, but well worth it :)