We are slowly starting to look at houses again, catching open houses when we can. The trick is to see them without running your realtor around since he's probably not going to get a dime from your move. Do tell, you say.
Well, because of articles like this, Matt and I are seriously considering renting again, unless we are able to practically steal a house. It just doesn't make sense for us to purchase a home if we will be moving in less than 5 years. We're pretty sure within 5 years we'll know our long-term plan for our family, and that's when we'll consider settling down for good. Renting is a great feelikng: we don't have to sell it (ever), and we don't have to worry that the house we just bought is a depreciating asset. House prices continue to fall, and we are doing suprisingly OK in the market. Why take your money from a place where it's growing, and sink it into a place that may cause it to shrink?
This is the one I've got my eye on. It doesn't have much of a back yard, but I suppose a pool could make up for that. The front yard is decent, and since it's a private drive (well, more like a long driveway with a fence at the road) I figured the kids could play in the front.
We were a little surprised to find tonight that it is no longer on the market, however (thus the fuzzy pics, pickings are slim). Tomorrow we will investigate. It's a foreclosure, and the price had been dropped significantly. Perhaps it's been snatched up already.
And yes, we've decided to stay on the west side. We just don't want to leave the tennis club we belong to!