2 BR, 1 BA, 5-min. drive from Light Rail
I’ve never purchased anything more expensive than my bike.
And now I’m thinking of buying a house.
You want to find the cheapest rental in town? I’m your woman. But I know little to nothing about buying a place to live in. I haven’t seen “House Virgins” or whatever it’s called or any of the other HGTV or TLC house-buying reality shows, (because I don’t have a TV, cable, or even internet at the moment—long story, OK?).
And my real estate agent is asking: “What is stopping you from making this your NEW home?” What’s stopping me is: The only thing you can walk to from these houses is a car dealership.
Do I have to buy a house and a car?
That doesn’t seem very cost-effective. I currently save tons of money by biking, busing, and training—money I could put toward a better-located home, not a car. Plus, being car-free makes me happy (and gives me something to rattle on about on this blog), so why do I have to give that up in the name of home ownership?
OK, so, location is my top “must-have” in a house. The trouble is cost—no big surprise. It’s expensive to live in a place where life is a car-free paradise. My how-to-buy-a-house book tells me that real estate purchases have to come with compromise. I’m not sure I can make this compromise though.
I know I’m not the only prospective home-owner struggling with the cost-vs.-location issue. Who else has been in this pickle?