I sat down Sunday to write this week’s Monday Musings post and I just couldn’t do it. Honestly, if I hadn’t had last week’s posts all written before last Tuesday, I probably wouldn’t have been able to post anything last week because I couldn’t stay focused long enough to get the thoughts going through my brain to type themselves out.
I was at my garden with Cecilia last Tuesday morning when I got a phone call from our property manager telling me that the owner of our condo was putting it on the market. She kindly offered our unit to us, but if we decided to pass on it, it would be placed on the market within days and once it sold and went into escrow, we’d have 30 days to move out. We were only given a few days to decide whether we wanted to purchase our condo, so I immediately called Travis to tell him the news. He didn’t answer, so I called three more times and texted him before he called me back. Call me impatient, but I couldn’t keep everything I was thinking inside and I had to get ahold of him to see what his thoughts were.
Once we chatted, we determined that we wouldn’t rush to make a decision and that I would look for places to rent as well as check out the real estate comps in our area to get as much information as possible and see what our options were.
We currently live in a popular, sought-after area and since we were getting a good deal on rent, it was pretty clear from the beginning of my rental search that we would have to move out of our area in order to stay within our preferred budget. I went and visited some of the places that were at the top of our budget and was shocked as to how the rental market in San Diego had changed since we last looked eight years ago. After a few unsuccessful and stressful days of looking for a rental, we started thinking about becoming first-time homeowners and buying our current place. We thought about it long and hard the past few days and have decided that, yes, we will (hopefully!) become first-time homeowners, but will not be by buying our current place.
So, that’s where we are today. We spent all Monday morning chatting with a lender and getting pre-approved for a loan and I looked at seven different properties with our wonderful realtor that afternoon. It’s crazy how much our lives and futures changed in six days!
It’s all but certain that we’ll have to leave our beloved neighborhood. That thought made me really upset last week and still makes me sad today, but I have to keep repeating to myself that we’re doing it for our family. Moving farther away from our current area and owning our own home will give us more space (including some outdoor space!), better options for schools and a place to set down roots and make our own.
Our situation isn’t ideal because we would have loved to move on our own terms when we were ready to leave and not feel like we were in a time crunch. My biggest hope is that we find a place before ours sells, so we don’t have to find a short-term rental while we continue our search. But, I have faith that the right place will come to us at the right time and that all of this craziness is happening for a reason.
There are still so many conflicting thoughts going through my mind that sitting down to my computer and writing hasn’t been easy lately, so please forgive me if my posts become a little irregular over the next few weeks.
Oh, and please send positive real estate vibes, prayers and thoughts our way!
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