Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Debate Continues...

I appreciate all the comments following my announcement in my last post. Thanks to those wishing us luck, we'll need it, and to the others that think it's a stupid decision, that's ok too. I lost some sleep last night thinking about it all.

I do continue to debate within myself whether this is the right decision for my family. At this point, I do believe it is. My frustration comes from fellow renters who brag about how cheaply they have been renting a house for the past 5, or 7, or 10 years! Yes, rent was much cheaper then, and your landlord can only increase your rent to a max of 4% annually. Try finding the same place today - I don't think you can. A quick scan of homes for rent on Craigslist, UsedVic, and the TC, shows that you only get shiite for $1600 / month. So, you can rent from the bank or you can rent from a landlord. You know, I am tired of this debate. Both are not great options. I've owned a house in my past - I am not naive to all that is involved. I know that when we find the right place for the right price, the happiness level for our family will be higher than if we move into another rental. That is worth something - for everything else there is Mastercard! hahaha...

Looking at sales throughout Greater Victoria thus far this month, we are on pace to have around 430 SFH sales. The average sale price thus far is around $585000, the median is around $535000. Low interest rates are definitely affecting home sales.

We're off to some open houses... stay tuned.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Phase Shift

Like the new title? At the request of you guys, we'll try it out. I can't say I'm a gold bug, so you'll have to further spur on the conversation.

I am slightly shifting the focus of my blog from this point on. Reason being, I've recently completed some career enhancing studies, and it's time for the next phase in the life of my family. This is the year that we will be purchasing a home of some sort in Greater Victoria. I can already hear the boos and hisses, but that's ok. Little Prairiegirl is getting bigger every day, and we are out-growing our little apartment suite. Sure, we could find a house to rent, but quite frankly, I am tired of moving around and what to put roots down. If it were possible to time the market, and if we could wait longer, we would. But you can't time the market, and we have to move this year, so we're going to jump in, with eyes wide open.

Our search criteria is quite wide at this point - we will be examining a number of options including building new (which would include putting in some sweat equity), buying a fixer upper, buying with a suite, however, preferably without a suite. Our goal is to find a place that we can realistically afford, to be in a good family neighbourhood, and to plan to stay in our place for 10 years. Sounds easy, right? We'll see.