Life is like playing chess, moves and counter moves. Well we made a big move this spring and we are so grateful to my parents for opening up their home to us during this transition. We have both landed jobs we really enjoy and have spent the last several months saving up for somewhere of our own. Initially we just planned on renting again. Hopefully somewhere a little nicer than the cave we had in Tampa, but budget always wins on that one.
I started searching around for apartments and dang is the Portland area EXPENSIVE! Not only is rent itself a lot higher, but with our small zoo the price just goes through the roof! Renting definitely seemed like it was not doable. So, we jumped on to the next train of thought. Maybe we should buy our first home.
So, my research shifted to the housing market. We knew that before we could really get serious about buying something we would need to get pre-approved, but why not look and see what to expect. Turns out even small rundown houses were selling fast! And for way over estimated value. Perfect. Maybe things weren't as tight as they seemed, we've been saving the majority of every paycheck so we have a bit saved up. After talking to a few people we sort of realized we weren't as set as we thought.
When we first got here we went to the Home & Garden show at the fairgrounds and we were introduced to a company that makes tiny houses. After walking through the model and talking with the builder it didn't seem like such a bad option. We would just need to find land that was approved somehow for a tiny house. Living in a small house is definitely something we'd considered before and are not opposed to! And after walking through one, I think we could really do it.
So we haven't nailed down for sure what we are planning on doing, but living small is definitely an option. We are still looking around, but something will be happening soon.