Okay, so I will admit, I did not think that looking for a home would be that difficult. I guess I am a little picky, but still I thought after a few searches and visits we would find a nice starter home in a month or two.
Well...its been six months and we are still looking. We really wanted to get into a home before Baby D comes!! And we only have four months left!?
When we moved from Iowa we knew the cost of homes were going to go up quite a bit. But the difference between prices and what you can get for the prices from Iowa and New York was VERY different.
Take a look at this home in Albany, NY. It was originally listed for $369,900 and they just dropped it to $339,900. It is 2,500 square feet, has four bedrooms and four baths. It's a decent home but needs a lot of upgrades. The kitchen is a bit crazy looking and the bathrooms need help. Take a look HERE.
Not to mention, the taxes are... brace yourself Iowa people $8,589 a year.
Now, lets look at something comparable in price in Ankeny, IA, a town just outside the capital of Des Moines, IA.Take a look at this beauty HERE. This home is cheaper, brand new and never lived in, has one more bedroom and one more bathroom, 500 more square feet and the taxes are more than $5000 less a year. Where would you rather live? Umm...yea.
Not to mention the cost of utilities is so much more here. Our average electric and gas bill in our 1,300 square foot apartment we rent right now, is about $120 in a normal month and about $200 in the winter. So with the utility costs, as well as the taxes it really limits the price of the home you can afford in this area. I know you NJ people are probably wishing for Albany prices, because it is even worse there!! But two people coming from Iowa, one who grew up in Kansas, which is arguably cheaper...can get pretty frustrated with the amount of home you can get for your money.
So anyway...we have probably looked at about 40 homes. Yes, I know its kind of a lot but we are having trouble finding something we love! In this area homes are older. It is very common for them to have base board heating and no central air conditioning...or bathrooms and kitchens that need major repairs...and if you know anything about my lovely husband he is not the handiest. So now we have just expanded our search to town homes. We are leaning towards that now because they are newer...and they don't need as much work as many of the single family homes and we really don't plan on being in this home for a long time. We don't want to buy a fixer-upper and dump all sorts of money into it because it will not be our forever home. This weekend we did find a nice town home that we are thinking about putting an offer on but we will see!
...So the search continues!! We will keep you posted and hopefully get a home before big Baby D comes on the scene!! Pray for us friends! =)
Hello friends! I am Lisa. Lover of Christ and family, a former television reporter, and a wife and mom who strives to live a healthy, toxic free lifestyle.