My husband and myself have been loyal renters going on 6 years now and I think that loyalty is about to come to a halt. We always said we would know when it is time to buy our first home and we both agreed that the time is now. Our lease is coming up in two months and we have no plans on renewing it. Our landlord has told us in the past that since we have been such great tenants we could always go month to month if needed so we’ll do that if needed.
I am going to start looking for homes for sale in South Austin as that is where my husband works. It is a nice area and him not having to commute as far for his job would be nice. Right now he is traveling 35 miles one way and runs into a lot of traffic so while that might not seem like a long way it is. My husband also has a couple different things he wants in our home. His big thing is having a backyard. Being renters we didn’t have to cut our own grass or do any kind of yard work for that matter and that is something he enjoys doing. I could care less about planting flowers and all that stuff myself so I don’t really care one way or the other. I just want a pool and if that means having a big backyard then so be it. I work from home so having a pool will be nice. I could go out for a dip at lunch or whenever I want really. I have a daily quota of what I need to get done and as long as they are all submitted by 11:59 that night I can do them whenever I want.
Another thing he wants is a finished basement. He loves to shoot billiards and wants his own table. I told him that would be fine but he better make sure I can’t hear the balls knocking around upstairs when I’m watching TV. I used to be pretty good at shooting pool myself but lost my touch as I got a little older. I am a good shooter but I always had trouble setting up my next shot which is what separates the good players from the bad ones. I might have to go downstairs and practice that if we do get one.