Well we did it. We bought a house in Houston after just 2 days of looking. It was easy and tough all at the same time. You see this relocation has brought a dramatic increase in Byron's salary. The increase made it very tempting to go out and spend big bucks on a house. We actually looked at several homes in those fancy neighborhoods where the shopping and restaurants are trendy and the schools are top notch. We just could not spend our money that way. It did not feel right. Tempting, but not right for us and our goals. So, we settled on a smaller, fixer-upper in an older neighborhood just north of all the fanciness. Our mortgage payment (PITI) will only be 5% of our monthly take home pay (after taxes etc). I own a car and can drive to the fancy when I need a fix and actually afford to spend my money at the shops and restaurants without worry. You can't put a price on that kind of freedom.
Our new home is going to require lots of work; landscaping, flooring, paint, kitchen, appliances...just to name a few more urgent things. Yes, I will be blogging the entire transformation. I also must get Max enrolled in a school. The public school he is zoned to is questionable and I can't seem to find a private school close enough to the house. Also, being that it is summer, most schools are not available til next week to answer questions. I have faith it will work out. God has brought us this far, he will see us through this move.
I might be a little absent on my blog for the month of August. I must concentrate on getting my TN home ready for the movers. They arrive in 23 days. Make that 23 short days and then settled in Houston. Say a prayer for me please. I will need it.
**A very special THANK YOU to our Realtor Jackie from Greenwood King. I can't say enough good things about her or her agency.**