I have homes on the brain. For the last four years I have saved for a new home so I can stop living in someone else’s house. Last week I began to see some homes starting with condos. I was hesitant to look at them because I know there are restrictions on pets and the HOA fees can be high. The only good thing is outside maintenance is taken care of without an owner lifting a finger. Still I was nervous until a few people I know, who live in condos, assured me that I could find one that was reasonable on pets. It was not the case when I actually spoke with a Realtor and then a second one, both said to me it would be very tough to find an association that would be friendly to pets that split their time indoors and outside like my cat does. So that knocked out condo living.
Next I looked for a town home whose associations I was told don’t put restrictions on pets. Unfortunately the one I saw needed at least thirty thousand in work to be done on the inside which I don’t have the funds for. All other town homes in my town are rental properties and I have never rented in my life nor do I have plans to start doing so.
This leaves me with looking for a regular home just like my first home was. On Friday I toured two homes but neither gave me that feeling of belonging. So I am going to continue to look. My plan is to move into a home in November and somewhere in there I also have to buy a car. I don’t own one but I have borrowed a car when I have really needed one. It has been a relief not to have to pay for gas, car maintenance, and insurance. I have liked it a lot but it has to come to an end. I am more than ready to be on my own again with my cat, both of us being “queens of our castle.”