House hunters beware. Choosing between country living and urban convenience isn’t just about the bottom line. Sometimes it’s best to follow your heart, rather than your wallet. How do I know this? Our original reason for buying our home was to get out of the rat race. We wanted a place where we didn’t have to bump up against the neighbors all day long. Instead, we settled for a shorter, less expensive commute just within the city limits. Now, two years later, we’re wondering if we made the right choice. Are you trying to choose between country and city life? Here are some things you might want to consider.
Are you a social butterfly or a hermit at heart?
Think about your lifestyle when choosing between country and city life.
*Do you enjoy shopping until you drop, hanging out at cutesy coffee shops or walking the malls?
*Are you content to sit on your porch-swing or putter around in the garden?
Mull it over well.
You may think you know the answers, but it’s best to be sure before you sign on the dotted line.
*Think day to day reality, not fantasy daydreams.
Where will you end up after your commute?
Yes, commuting outside city limits is expensive and time consuming. On the other hand, if you’re not happy with what awaits you at the end of your commute, it might be worth it. Plus, there may be other things you can factor into your move that negate the commute.
Have you factored in the cost of your home?
The cost of living in a metro area can be considerably more than the cost of country living. Home prices go up with convenience. So, while you lose money in the commute, you might make it up with a lower monthly mortgage. There’s also little opportunity for impulse buying in the country. That could save you a lot of money to put toward your commute.
Choosing a home isn’t just about your needs.
*It’s about the needs of your entire inner circle.
Which location is better for the kids?
*Where are the best schools?
*Where will they be safest and happiest?
How about your spouse?
*Which area tugs at their heartstrings?
How about the rest of your family?
*How close will you be to them?
*Will your relationship with them suffer?
The bottom line: Your heart knows where it wants to live.
If you don’t follow your heart with this decision, it will come back to haunt you. That’s true, whether you’re more comfortable in the city or the country. If your goal is to buy enough land to grow your own veggies and have some farm animals, or simply gaze up at the star filled night, you won’t find it in the city. Choose carefully when it comes to country living vs urban convenience, house hunters. Otherwise, you may find yourself regretting your decision in a few short years.
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