We're once again actively looking @ houses after putting it on the back burner last year when we had to buy a new car & make an emergency trip to India. While we love our rental (2 bed 1 bath with a full basement & side yard; it's a duplex on a dead end street & our awesome landlord lives next door) we could totally buy with what we pay in rent. We're looking @ 3/4 bed, 2 bath houses so we're not talking mansions, btw. And most of them are estate or short sales since we're not in a super hurry (our lease isn't actually up til February) & we want the most bang for our buck possible
Still, every house we look @ makes me sad when I look @ all the empty bedrooms & big yards, especially when the realtor makes a comment about things like "and the yard's plenty big enough for a swingset". Gee, thanks for the reminder we may never have an opportunity to put up a swingset. I guess the fact we're a married couple in our 30s = we must have kids or pregnant by now. And of course my favorite house of the 8 we looked at this past Sunday was right behind an elementary school. Infertile gated communities, anyone?
I've toyed with the idea of looking @ condos since we technically don't need a ton of room for the 2 of us. But a yard is kind of needed since we have a dog. Plus, the condo market is way overpriced here. And then there's that annoying little voice that whispers "the next IVF might just work & then you'd need more room". Ah hope, you are so annoying sometimes!