Apartment Shopping (5-8-2013)

As you can see, we haven’t been writing as much recently.  That is because we have been using all of our spare time to apartment shop.  Yes, that’s right.  We, crazies, want to move again.  I think it’s going to be the 8th or 9th move in our 9 years of marriage.

However, our goal is to purchase an apartment and not move again for a little while.  Due to the economic crisis in Spain, the housing prices have dropped quite a bit from what they were last year when we went through this whole process.  While the housing prices have not bottomed out, they are quite low, and personally, as we start the adoption process, it seems like a good time to settle down.  In regard to the adoption, we would like to be in as stable of a housing situation as possible and one that could remain that way over the next 2-3 years.  Once we complete our family assessment, if we needed to move again, we will have to complete an updated study, which just involves more time and more money.

Of course, buying is not easy.  We’ve spent hours searching online, visited 10+ apartments, had a second visit to one in which we brought friends and someone to give us an estimate on a remodel, made an offer and were rejected, which ended the negotiation process, and visited two banks to see about the possibility of a loan.  We are still waiting to hear if we will be approved for a loan, and in the meantime, we are continuing to search online and visit apartments.

This seems to all be a normal part of home buying, but to be honest, it is a stretch for us.  I believe that is primarily due to living overseas and the type of work we do.  The process of buying requires a set of cultural rules that we are learning as we go.  We also live with a high level of stress and little excess energy, and there always seems to be big tasks or crises that come up that require additional energy that we don’t have.  We have spent a lot of time over the past few years searching for apartments, and we are tired.  It is tempting to give up and just look for a new rental, or continue on where we are, even though we don’t like it very much.  But, with all the work that we have done recently, we are trying to persevere and see if God will open a door for us to purchase.  It would be amazing to have the same address for more than 2 years and to be able to decorate a home, knowing that the investment will last more than a year or two.

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