A Year of Home Ownership

It has been one year since my wife and I bought our first house. The year went by very quickly, as each successive year tends to do. We have had some unexpected costs with the house as well as some intentional costs. But that is part of home ownership and was to be expected. What I have not been ready for, however, is the amount of time home maintenance requires. In the evenings after a long day of work or on the weekend when there are other things to fill your time, the house requires upkeep and attention. Having two young kids doesn’t make this upkeep any easier, but the kids are at least able to each have their own room and space to run around. We even have a playroom for them and space to keep all of their toys and knickknacks that seem to multiply week by week.

But despite the work, I don’t regret buying the house one year ago. I don’t know what the value of the house would be appraised at given the current real estate market or how difficult it will be to sell the house one day. But we knew that would be the risk when we decided to buy in what many saw as a declining housing market. Some people told us it was a great time to buy; others told us would be stupid to do so. The verdict is still out on whether it was a good financial decision or not for us. It has definitely been an improvement in our lifestyle. I’m just happy we didn’t buy the same house a few years ago. If that were the case we would really be feeling the pain today.

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