9.12.2010

30 Day Challenge – Day 15

Today’s Topic: Your Dream House

I’ve actually been thinking about houses a lot lately.  I currently live in an apartment.  My place is nice BUT has some drawbacks.  The two things I dislike most about my current situation are:

  1. I have no laundry IN my unit – I have to haul my unmentionables up and down 3 flights of stairs to the basement laundry and then pay with my firstborn child to have my clothing cleaned just so-so.
  2. My 2nd floor neighbors like to chain smoke on the balcony. I like to enjoy the fresh, clean air provided by open windows.  See the problem?

So I got a bit ahead of myself and decided it was time to move out.  I found an AMAZING deal on a brand new ranch style 3bed, 3bath condo with attached garage for under $40k. No i’m soooo not kidding you.  The economy and housing market in Michigan is still terrible so my GRAR search for a 2+ bedroom condo for under $80k [I luuurve a bargain remember?] turned up too many matches to list.  Anywho, I got myself all excited to attend open houses and then I checked my lease…  If I were to move out this month I would owe approximately $6,000 just to break my lease agreement unless I had to move more than 50 miles away for work.  That would net me a penalty slightly less than $900.  Sigh.  Dream smashed… until at least May.

My current dream home would definitely be a bright, new, beautiful condo.  I would choose a condo because I don’t have a lot of time for yard work and I absolutely hate shoveling.  I also don’t need anything too big because I don’t want to spend all my free time cleaning!  I would want 2-3 bedrooms, 2-3 bathrooms, kitchen with new appliances including a dishwasher, living room, dining area… and most importantly a laundry room!!

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