Saturday, December 15, 2007

I Want to Buy a House

I’ve been informally looking for housing now for the past six months. Most of my searching has involved looking at the MLS listing online and driving up and down the streets in neighborhoods that I liked. It appears to me that the triangle of expectation applies to the housing market just like it applies to business. I guess that makes sense since housing is business. You’ve got three areas of requirement and you can have two, but you can’t have all three.

1. Location
2. Quality
3. Price

I saw a home today that was listed at an unbelievable price. From the curb I loved the look of the house. I was convinced that this was the house for me. So, I called a friend who happens to be a real estate agent and asked if she could get me in to see the place. A couple of hours later we were walking through the house and the triangle of expectation was once again thrust upon my life. Like many other things in this world, quite literally, you get what you pay for. Or to use another trite axiom: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Some good lessons were re-enforced today. It wasn’t anything earth shattering, or particularly new. But it was good to see the realities. It was also good to make my housing search official. I know what I can spend and now I have someone who can help me find a place. I’d like to be in a new place within the next 90 days. With any luck, and some work, I’m sure that goal can be met.

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