This weekend, we ran into some people whom we'd just met standing in front of an open house. Remembering that we wrote for AT, they begged us to join them while they toured the house. It was a simple house on a good lot in a nice part of town. Afterward, they wanted to know what we thought. Should they buy the house?
We don't know anything more about buying houses than the next person. We do know what we like and what our criteria for buying a house would be. It's similar to the criteria we use when renting. Price is a consideration. Can we afford the payments and still have a life that includes dinner and clothes and trips? (For practice, try putting aside that amount of money each month and see if it's a comfortable or uncomfortable stretch.) Is it in a neighborhood we like and are comfortable in and are there amenities -- schools, dry cleaner, grocery -- within a reasonable distance? Is it within easy commuting distance of our job. Then, the home itself. Is it on a nice sized piece of property? What about the lighting? Does it meet the needs of the life we lead? We entertain a lot so a home that allows us to cook while still interacting with our guests is important. For those who work at home, a space away from the main areas might be a priority. What made you say yes to the place you're living in now?
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