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What would be most important to you...

We are having problems deciding where to live...
We can have a cheaper, newer house that looks better and updated and a bigger yard but further away for us to drive to work and in a great school district - me 45 minutes and DH over an hour -and traffic home will be terrible for us both - so that means more gas and both of our vehicles are at 140,000 mile already so that means new(used) gas cars for us both..
OR
Buying a more expensive, smaller sq footage house in a hard to deal with district but great school, older house less updates which means we'd have to walk in and maybe fix the roof, appliances carpet etc.. but closer for us to drive in no traffic to work -

 
maxsmom11807

Asked by maxsmom11807 at 3:31 PM on May. 23, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • We opted for an older neighborhood, but in our case that meant bigger, cheaper, and more mature trees. Our insurance would not accept the roof as it was, so the seller had to replace it before closing. The only minus is that the house does need some updates inside and out, but we are slowly working on those.

    When you factor in new vehicles and more gas, the real cost might not be that different. I've done a long commute, and I wouldn't choose to do that again unless the closer schools were really horrible.
    TweenAndTwinMom

    Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 5:41 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • Good schools and easy commute= better quality of life (and more time) for your family-
    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 3:33 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • We had to go through this decision about 2 years ago. We had a house that was beautiful and updated and modern. It was a great house. We had the opportunity to move to a different house that was older, that needed some repair and was smaller, but it was close to dh's work. We decided on the smaller older home that needed repair. Because while we loved our house, we loved having dh around more. Losing the 3 hours of having dh home with us sucked. While the house isnt perfect.. updating it and changing it has been fun and its making it more ours then the other modern home could have ever been.
    KristinRox

    Answer by KristinRox at 3:40 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • Yep I agree with the last poster. We bought the house that was farther away about an hour commute and it was not worth it. It added two hours on to the day when we did not get to see the husband. I would go for the closer and you can always fix it up.
    Melbornj

    Answer by Melbornj at 3:41 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • No way to accomplish both, particularly since it is definitely a buyer's market? We were able to do it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:48 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • I'd take less time commuting and a school district and school can be worked around with extra diligence at home.
    twinsplus2more

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 3:49 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • Not so far possible.. we are still trying looking but it seems to be these choices. it was very much supposed to be a buyers market but we aren't finding that its really true where we need to look - :(
    maxsmom11807

    Comment by maxsmom11807 (original poster) at 3:50 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • I would choose to buy the option below because my husband drives all sorts of distances which some days it makes it hard for him.

    Buying a more expensive, smaller sq footage house in a hard to deal with district but great school, older house less updates which means we'd have to walk in and maybe fix the roof, appliances carpet etc.. but closer for us to drive in no traffic to work -
    iam4you2

    Answer by iam4you2 at 4:20 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • Do you plan to live there for a long time (10+ years), or are you at a point in your life where things could change and cause you to need to move after just a couple years (a work transfer for instance)? If there's any chance you'll be moving in the next five years, go with the house that will be easiest to sell.
    Eek_a_Geek

    Answer by Eek_a_Geek at 4:40 PM on May. 23, 2011

  • no. This is going to be our LAST house.. our forever house..
    maxsmom11807

    Comment by maxsmom11807 (original poster) at 5:12 PM on May. 23, 2011

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