Warning: If you don't live in/around Durham/RTP this post will probably bore you.
Maybe I should forget buying for a while and rent until house prices hit rock bottom. That way maybe I could afford something I actually want to live in. The housing look-see went well enough on Saturday. We went in to look at a couple of places, including a brick ranch that I adored in Bethesda. Mostly we just drove by places and ruled them out without wasting time looking inside.
It sucks ruling out a neighborhood that I think may be on the upswing because it's still pretty cruddy. For example I see lots of signs of rehabbing and construction going on in Walltown, which is a good sign, but everything I can afford there is surrounded by scary crappiness. If I weren't going to be living alone I might think it would be a good investment to buy in Walltown right now, but the truth is I don't want to spend years alone in a scary crappy place waiting for my investment to pay off. That would be scary. And crappy.
And while I really like Northgate Park, I feel like everything there is so microscopic. I don't need as much space as I've got now (1600 sf), but damn, 900 sf is really little. Put me and a couple of dogs in there and I just think the coziness will get old very quickly. The benefit would be that it would make us get out and enjoy the wonderful proximity of the park, I suppose.
My agent insists I need to buy something that will sell again very quickly because she says most people in my position, i.e. separating/divorcing women, move again within 5 years. So this means that I shouldn't buy where I actually want to live, but where I think someone else on my housing budget would want to live (this is the main reason she wants me to consider Raleigh). But that just seems so messed up ... so I should pick a place that's LESS convenient to me because someone else will like it better? That sort of seems like it's setting up a self-fulfilling prophecy; I mean, of course I will want to move within 5 years if I'm not living where I want ...
I'm sick of this already.