We’re at stage 0 of home buying, and I’m already overwhelmed.
We have approximately 20 neighborhoods we are considering, and we are looking for everything from a duplex (rent out half) to a small condo. I have no idea the lay of the school landscape. I have no idea what our budget should be. OK, that’s not true, but the numbers I’m seeing scare me, a lot. Is it a bubble? Will prices fall or rise? Should we get a sofa that we could use today, or save the money for a house? But where will our guests sit? I don’t like this neighborhood much, should we move, or stick it out in wait of a house?
I don’t even know the PROCESS we are going to use to decide where, when, and what to buy. I think that is what is driving me most nuts. How do people handle this?
I hope to write a new post with more budget-y information in it (not house related), but since it is equally likely I’ll run out of time / not make it a priority, I thought I’d throw out my home buying anxiety and see if anyone has any tips of how to get from step 0 to step 1. (Our timeline is likely at least a year.)