A little background....Dave and I were babies when we got married; I was 24, he 25. We paid for our own wedding very frugally and had money left over. Not only that, I was one of two people in the world (Mark Zuckerberg being the other person) who made money while in college. I didn't party; I didn't go out; I made my own meals; and I had a paying internship. I was a hoarder - a hoarder of money. :) So after the wedding we had enough dough left over to put a down payment on a house. Sure, it wasn't 20%, but it was something. Not only that, but being that we were both working as engineers, we had the funds to buy a very nice house that we built from scratch in a developing neighborhood. We have been living in our house now for nine years, but we have become a little antsy. First, we think the house is a little too big. Yes, we would like to downsize. The house is around 2000 square feet. We are currently occupying only the first floor while the second floor is basically being used as storage. Also, we've become a little disenchanted with the neighborhood. We've had some run-ins with the HOA, which we hate with the greatest of hatred. In addition, there has been lots of development in our area which has been both good and bad. We're just ready for a change.
Although we were talking about all this, we haven't really been taking it seriously. Until yesterday.
I was riding my bike to work for the very first time and I take a little bit of a different route than I would if I were driving. Luckily, my commute is small - 6.3 miles by car or 7.5 miles by bike. The bike path takes me right through the middle of town, parts I have seen 5 million times as I've lived in this community for 30 years. Every once in a while something will catch my eye that I never even noticed. Like this gem:
And it's for sale!!!
Two bedroom. Two bath. Around 1300 square feet. Sits on nearly an acre. Two car garage. Full basement. Back deck. Newly renovated. Backs right up to the school fields. Bike path goes right through the front yard. And the price is amazeballs.
I immediately texted Dave. Then I sent an email to my realtor. Now we have a showing tomorrow afternoon.
And then I panicked.
How in the world are we going to sell our house? Are we crazy to downsize? What if we need more space in the future? I've never lived anywhere else! I've never sold a home! I've never lived in a house that we didn't build, what's wrong with this house? Why are they selling? Why would we want to move when we have a perfectly good house? Why would I want to move a whopping four miles away? (Seriously, see my graph below.) And on and on and on.
So what do you think? Would you move just to move? Would you ever considering downsizing? Have you ever sold a house? Are we insane?