When all else fails, go shoe shopping. They weren't on sale, but I couldn't resist and on Sunday, I wore my new Danskos house hunting. When we walked into a condo, we found carpeting on the stairs that matched my new shoes. Hmmm. The condo was not a good match because although-carpeting aside-it was beautiful, there were 3 levels to the place. I couldn't envision going up 2 flights of stairs to get from the garage to the kitchen. Too bad, the place was a steal. Three years ago, the owner bought it for $350,000 and in today's market it's selling for $185,000. Property taxes are $8,000 a year and association fees add another $2,000 a year. I can't imagine taking such a horrific financial beating.
The best place I've seen so far was yesterday's dream home. Do you think the leaves on the trees will muffle the sound from the freeway? My girlfriend says I'm probably getting the dream home because I'm already imagining me and my belongings in the place. Did I mention it's only 8 doors from a community center that has an outdoor pool and a gym? Incidentally, it's less than a mile from my favorite yarn store. I'll keep my mind
partially open when I go see another house tomorrow afternoon.