When I was younger I remember that, after a time, I wanted to move. I didn’t want to stay in the same neighborhood. I had met kids that moved into the neighborhood, we became friends, some moved out of the neighborhood and they were missed. Others, not so much. :) Anyway, I always thought that it would be exciting to move, to have a larger house, a house in a different neighborhood, but that never happened. My first time that I ever moved was slightly before my 22nd birthday when I moved to Texas to begin life on my own.
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Since that time, I’ve moved and moved and moved. Most of my early adult years spent in various apartments, moving to be closer to work or ‘upgrading’ apartments. From the time that I moved out until today, the longest time that I’ve ever stayed anywhere has been about 6 years, twice. Not bad, I suppose. During those times, though, I never really made that space my own by decorating, putting in a garden, or whatever one does to make that place home. When I moved out nearly 2 years ago, I knew that an apartment was a temporary situation. I didn’t know what I wanted to do going forward, so the apartment offered the most flexibility. If I needed or wanted to leave the state, or area, I could do so quite easily.

The other day I went to the apartment office to check on something. While there, I picked up the price sheet and saw that the same size apartment that I’m in is now almost $1,000/month. When I moved in, less than 2 years ago, it was $845. I talked to one of the staff and they indicated that they were going to have yet another price increase, bringing it over $1,000. I told her that she needn’t worry about me signing another lease. :) I then left and set about looking for homes.

As I commenced my home search, thoughts about how much to spend, location, how I want it too look, how I wanted it to feel (feng shui), etc began to pop into my head. I’ve decided on the easier parts of the equation – where I want to live – Fort Mill, SC, just over the border from Charlotte where property taxes and most things are cheaper, and price range. Now comes the more difficult part, deciding on a size, exact location, and a layout. This Saturday I have an appointment with a realtor. We are going to look at 7 houses that I picked out from the approximately 20 that she sent me that met my ‘wish list’ that I provided to her.

It’s an exciting time and a little bit daunting at the same time. I’ve to a few months to decide, as my lease expires on July 31st, so the decision and the closing have to be done by that time. I’m targeting July 27th.

Regarding the photo, this is a shot from my walk around Greenville, SC, some 90 miles from here. If it weren’t so far away from here, I’d certainly live there. It’s my kind of town.

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