Perhaps some of you may have noticed, but the real estate market is beginning a tumble in prices that benefit us, prospective buyers.
And we're going to wait.
That is cold, cold comfort to those such as J and Py, who are attempting to sell their place as we speak.
But, we're not going to wait too much longer, if that makes them feel any better. There is no sense trying to time the bottom of the market, and we have been putting off moving, oh, since Mr. P was born because of the huge runup in prices. So huge that at one point, we could barely afford to buy our own place from ourselves. We should be ok even if we sell at a lower price than we could have gotten say, two years ago.
We have, however, a dilemma.
We have narrowed our choices down to two cities. And we are stuck there. We just can't figure out which city is better, and they are oh-so-different. Let me give you a rundown.
Older, smaller houses (in our price range)
Infrastructure ok, but not great
Very close to my sister (babysitting, people)
Not a lot of greenery, more urban setting
Did I mention the beach?
Newer, nicer houses for same prices as City 1
Top notch schools
45 minutes from my sister
Lots of greenery, trees
Did I mention the hot weather?
After that, it is all fairly equal as far as drive times to work and the like. We are having a hard time deciding, because both cities have lots going for them.
Based on my descriptions, which would you choose?
And see, then if we choose the one that is recommended by the majority, I can later write an accusatory blog post that blames you for our bad choice if we don't like it. It's a win-win for me because I'm all about avoiding the blame.