The move is on. . .

May 2, 2007

As of today we no longer own a home. We are paying rent for the first time in 31 years. It is only for one month. We are relocating from Indiana to Las Vegas and the cost of moving is not staggering, but moving from the seventh lowest-cost of living urban area to one of the fastest growing urban areas is staggering. We love our home and enjoy it more than love it. Yet, it remains a home and not an obsession. Our new home is the same size, just $195,000 more than what we just sold our “old” home for. After doing the numbers we find we can afford a new home, even if sticker shock really does apply.

Finding a home was not as easy as we thought it would be. The last two homes we purchased were in small markets with few homes available. We looked for 1 or 2 days and saw what we thought were best picks. Time in the community affirmed our decisions. DSC00196.JPGThis time we struggles. JoAnn searched for 2-days and found a few in our price range. I didn’t like any of them so on the third day we started all over again and this time we found 3 homes we were both comfortable with. The first home was clearly our favorite – 3 bedrooms, den, living room, family room and the master bedroom was a dream room. So was all the grass. The price, however, meant we would probably only eat every 3rd day, so that was out. The next two we selected were much easier and found them comfortable. The one we have purchased was comfortable to us from the moment we walked in the door. It was clean, relatively new (4 years), warm southwestern colors throughout (check out the photo of the spare bathroom – we will issue sunglasses) except for the laundry room and spare bathroom. They too remained a part of the southwestern theme. For JoAnn the key selling point was the 12 to 15 feet of kitchen counter. She is dreaming about the cupboard space and counter space.
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And so once again we are moving, but for the first time in 35 years we are moving west. In 1972 we left California for 2 years in Utah, a masters degree, and back to California. Somehow Kansas, Iowa, and Indiana got in the way over the ensuing 33 years. Years that we will never forget or regret. The desert was probably not our first choice, but in fact, it was. We are going to enjoy being west after all of these years. I’m leaving my snow shovel and salt behind for our new home owners. I’m leaving my lawnmower behind for my good friend who has a large acreage, and we are embracing a desert lifestyle (so to speak).
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