‘Twas an interesting day – I finally spoke to my new realtor over the phone for the first time.

That was an eye-opener!

Actually, I guess it was important to hear, even if it wasn’t exactly the best news that could’ve been. It seems as though single-family homes for the most part in the area that I’ve been looking at are going to be at least a good $50k more than I can afford…in fact, the selling prices that I found for the really nice homes a la swimming pools and whatnot were actually a couple of years old. 😛

Regardless, he did bring me up to speed on where exactly “the market” sits today, which I suppose is a step in the right direction. He did mention, however, that if something worthwhile comes up, we’re going to have to be able to jump on it or it’ll be gone in no time, so I really need to gather up my paperwork and get over to the bank before the end of the week to make sure that I’m still qualified if something does come through. I also need to call the leasing office here at the complex so that I can verify in writing exactly what buyout will be if I have to leave early…didn’t really want to, but if the right deal comes along, then I want to be able to work with them on it.

Anyways, Leslie and I are going to tour some homes with him Saturday afternoon so that we can get a better idea of what’s out there – if we do opt to stay in New Tampa, it’ll likely end up being in a townhome for a few years until we can afford something bigger, but at this point I certainly don’t want to give up the idea of a full-fledged home, even if it does mean living a little farther away from the bustle and all. Needless to say, I’m going to be happy when I can finally just sign the papers and be done with all of this!!! The moving aspect I don’t mind…hell, I’m actually looking forward to it, but even just comparing it to when I first moved into this apartment three weeks after I got down here, it’s kinda tough to enjoy it all until you actually know where you’ll be coming home to at the end of the day…

Still, I think it’s going to work out ok – I’ve got a good feeling about this. 🙂

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