As I adjust, I realize that I do like the city. I love the Strip. I don't gamble nor drink (more a social drinker) but I do enjoy the shows, entertainment and the "city" life the Strip offers. At the same time, I appreciate the quietness and the other activities Vegas offers outside of the strip. So I get the best of both worlds and I love that. Plus, most people or friends I know will eventually visit the Strip sooner or later. I mean who doesn't want to see the gigantic casinos that the Strip offers at least once in their life, right? So I will see my friends or acquaintances when they visit.
With this decision to stay, I have decided early this year to go ahead and purchase a home. I went around with my realtor to look at resale homes but the market has been very competitive that several of my offers were not accepted. I had one that was accepted but the inspection report came back with major issues that could potentially cost me a lot of money.
After the frustration from this experience, I decided to just go with a brand new home. I have always wanted a brand new home but I was targeting a certain budget. After the disappointing experience above, I decided to increase my budget so I can go for a house that I want - with the specs I want, a big enough size with enough rooms for my hobbies and passions. The house is 1966 square feet with a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, and a loft that I am converting into a dance room, plus a backyard mainly for my dogs (super important for me and I'm sure for them too! 😄)
I have owned a condo before (read about my experience regarding that) and jointly owned a condo-style townhouse with no backyard in the Bay Area with a former partner. This would be my first time to ever own a single-family house with a backyard under just my own name so it is a proud accomplishment for me. I have always wanted to live in a lower cost of living area so I don't have to work as hard and continue my semi-retired lifestyle. I also put down a large enough downpayment so my monthly housing cost will be very low. After I settle in, my housing expenses will actually be lower than my current rental (I am living in a one-bedroom apartment at the moment for only $1250 - this would have been closer to $3000 had I stayed in the Silicon Valley area). You can start counting the reasons why I've moved here right? 😉
The equivalent house I bought would also have been four times the price in the Bay Area. For reference I bought my home for around $400K and two almost equivalent houses currently on market as of today in Milpitas where I was from is being offered for almost $1.6M (house 1, house 2). I could essentially afford it since I have been down that road before owning a home in the Silicon Valley area so I know how to work around my budget for that but I want to take it easy and enjoy not working as hard anymore. Hence, here I am. Everything I did was intentional to get to a place where I am semi-retired with a schedule I can always change to fit my needs and still continue doing what I love - helping people with their finances plus enjoy my hobbies and what the city has to offer.
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