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What *were* we thinking?

July 15th, 2010 · No Comments · tips for home buyers

When my hubby and I purchased our home 13 years ago we both wanted a big lot.  (Larger than the norm in subdivisions.  A typical lot in our sub in Macomb County is 50 X 110.)  We didn’t buy acreage, but our home does sit on a double width lot.  It was nice the first year, not too bad the 2nd year, but each and every year after I have this chant in my head “What were we thinking???”

Our double lot now includes double the yard work, double the snow removal and double the maintenance costs for the lot.   When it snows I cringe.  I don’t enjoy it anymore, other than the first snowfall of the year when it’s so darned pretty.   During the spring and summer when it doesn’t rain I moan about the grass turning brown, but secretly I’m a bit excited because it doesn’t grow as quickly! (No, I don’t water.  When our water bills went through the roof after the kids left I rebelled.  No sprinkler system and no higher bills just for a green lawn!)

As I look back at when we first started looking at homes I kick myself.  We were perfect condo people and didn’t realize it.  Now that the real estate market in Macomb County is so soft that we wouldn’t consider selling our home, we are a bit stuck.  Can’t buy a condo unless we sell our home, yet can’t sell our home without bringing a considerable amount of money to the closing table.

Can I empathize with folks around us in the same boat? (Can’t sell and buy what you really want.) You betcha.  I am also extremely grateful that we haven’t lost our home, and that we’re blessed enough that I can still gripe about our lack of foresight in buying a home on a double lot.

I have to tell you though, this is something I bring up to my buyer clients when we are out and about in Macomb County looking at homes.  “Do you think you will enjoy yard maintenance?”  and “Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, in terms of lifestyle?”.  It’s something to consider when choosing your home (or condo).  Short term purchases aren’t common anymore here in Michigan.  Plan on buying your home with 5, 10, even 20 years in mind.

PS: I just cut the back lawn and am exhausted from the heat.  The front will have to wait until tomorrow morning.  I’m also hoping it will rain :-)

~Kris Wales~ A partner for your real estate needs in Macomb County MI
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