I’ve always been very pro-rent until recently. I figured that buying a house is almost always a losing proposition. What if I lose my job and get foreclosed? What if I decide to sell and it appraises at way less than I bought it for? What if wind damage causes my garage to collapse onto my car? What if I’m having a bad month financially and don’t have five grand to spare when the water heater suddenly decides to take a crap? It’s been nice being able to call someone else to fix all problems for free when they arise. Besides, my credit isn’t stellar as I’ve paid cash for almost everything my whole life (I don’t trust myself with debt), so there’s no way I could convince a bank to give me a loan, right?
So about a month or two ago, I woke up one morning and realized that I’ve been throwing money out the window for years. If I’m going to be paying over a thousand a month for rent, I might as well be able to call what I’m paying for “mine.” The market has pretty much bottomed out and home prices will probably go back up in the next decade or so. Besides, I could lock in one of the lowest rates in history if I act right now. If that water heater does take a crap and I’m low on cash, I could take out a home equity loan in the short term to cover it.
So I’m pretty much convinced at this point and have started the process. I’ve been qualified for a much bigger loan than I anticipated. As it turns out, if you don’t have much debt, you can afford a bigger payment.
There’s only one thing stopping me: I’m 32 and only a couple of years off from getting my bachelor’s. It’s been a longtime goal of mine to move overseas after I graduate, and I feel like I’ll be tied down by the house, especially if I can’t find a renter or buyer immediately.
I could care less about the so-called American dream. I’d like to have a space that I can remodel as I see fit. I want a lawn with a shed on it. And the equity ain’t bad, either. Has anyone been in this situation? What have you done? I feel that if I really want to move away, I should really avoid purchases like this, right?