We have to move. To Salt Lake. We're hoping for mid-November. I only have four requirements: I don't want to have to ascend stairs to get into my dwelling (I will have THREE children under the age of three), I need a washer and dryer, I need at least two bedrooms, and I don't want drug-pushing/drunkard/brothel neighbors like we did when we lived on 33rd South. In my fondest dream, I'd love to live in the older neighborhoods in the Avenues. Yes, I know, that's asking a lot. But I'm hoping if we keep a weather eye open and diligently and patiently wait, we may be able to find something.
We're getting a lot of advice to buy a house. Those words send bright red alarm bells off in my head because I've seen disasters happen for young marrieds who buy a house too soon. But even my conservative grandparents are advising it, saying rent is super expensive but buying houses are cheap right now. I feel so uneducated in this department! So I've set out to do some research, Trev and I are going to talk to an economics professor down the street, and I've already scoured the Springville Library's shelves for home buying books.
Right now we've decided to look at both renting and buying, and pray like crazy about it. Rent is extremely expensive, its hard to find anything in SLC with two bedrooms for less than $1000 a month. So a mortgage in comparison to that does look appealing. But if the market is so saturated right now making houses less expensive, who's to say it would be any better when/if we have to sell it in a few years, if Trev gets a different job? Blah. I just want to make an educated decision that will be good for our family, but I'm not sure I have all the resources to do that. A crystal ball could come in handy right now.