I realize that it’s supposed to be the “American Dream” to own your own home. I get it, but I don’t. I’m asked once in a while why I still rent after living here for so long. Part of it is that I never planned on staying, part of it is that I don’t like feeling “tied down”, and part of it is that when something goes wrong, it’s not my job to fix it. (There’s more that goes into it, but those are the three biggest reasons.)
Even though I’ve met someone who I want to build a future and have a family with, I don’t know that I want to own a house still. In my area, there are basically two scenarios when buying a house: you can afford the house, but the taxes are ridiculous, or you can’t afford the house, but the taxes are manageable. Between that and neighborhood associations and lawn upkeep rules and more, I’m not sure I really want to ever buy a house.
And then there’s the question of just what I would like. I don’t want to raise my kids in a huge house, but I don’t want a tiny on either. Yeah, I know, I’m picky about it. Just easier to rent…see?
There is a property that I would like to own though, my grandparent’s summer camp and my boyfriend and I have talked about doing so as a get away place. The problem is that if we did that, we couldn’t buy a house (most likely).
So I was thinking about it and doing some research. I noticed that some people are actually renting their “full-time” place – upsizing and downsizing as needed, but then buying a get away place.
Hmmm. That is something to consider…renting an apartment or house to suit our needs at the time, but buying a place to escape to when we wanted to get out of town.
What do you think? Would you consider renting your “full-time” place and buying a get away?