Monday, January 21, 2008
I've been trying to decide for quite a while now whether I would like to once again rent an apartment, find a condo, or buy a house. I have prayed & waited & saved. The housing market here is definitely in favor of the buyer right now but I had fairly certainly decided that I did not want the sole responsibility of maintenance for a house & yard. I have to work 2 jobs in order to afford my own place & when you work 51 hours a week you don't really want to spend your leisure time mowing, you know? So I went to a local apartment complex last week & filled out an application for a one bedroom apartment. Then yesterday my uncle's mom called to let me know that their family was going to be selling her brother's house. He has cancer & is in a nursing home & he is unable to keep his home. She knew that I was planning a move sometime soon so she wanted to show me the house. I picked her up & we went for a look. This house is only 2 blocks from my parents in a nice neighborhood. It's small - only one bedroom - but it is older (which I love) with hardwood floors throughout & wide wood trim around the baseboards, windows, & doors. It also has a very clean, very dry basement. Her brother has lived there alone for many years & I was tremendously impressed with how clean the house was. So now I'm waiting for them to work up a price & get back to me. I'm a little confused now about what I want to do. If the price is right, I can hardly pass up the opportunity. Renting an apartment is not the cheapest option but it is the easiest. A house is a definite investment & houses like this little one don't become available very often. I guess I've been blessed with another opportunity to pray & wait on the Lord's guidance.