I wanted to give a small update on our housing issue. It "seems" we have found a place to live back in New Jersey.. We have spoken to the owners quite a few times and they sent us a lease via E-mail on Sunday. It is a five year lease which I understand is pretty unheard of but for us, its a good thing because not only are we moving we also have to get our credit back in line and rebuilt. That will be a whole other story for a different day but, five years gives us a good amount of time to do that. We are also able to take our dogs with us and, as most of you know, they are our children and the thought of not having them with us was just, well if you love a furchild of your own then you know what I am speaking about.
As many have done and are doing, we are also downsizing in a major way. The house we are too rent is much much smaller than the home we live in now. Like, much smaller. My house here in South Carolina is 17 hundred and some change square feet where as the new rental is only 864 sq.ft.. My husband isn't too happy about but honestly, the smallness doesn't bother me. I rather a smaller home. With my limited energy and physical strength it will be much easier for me to take care of.
As for the financial aspect, I couldn't understand why the rent was so cheap especially for the area it's in. If you know anything about New Jersey then you know almost everywhere is expensive to live no matter if you're renting or your buying and the area we are moving to is well, let's just say it's a very "money" area, pretty much smack dab in the middle of northern New Jersey. Back to my original thought. I couldn't understand why the rent was so cheap AND it also includes all utilities except my cable and phone bill.. For the area I am moving to this is UNHEARD of..So I've been scratching my head. The owner sent me photos, the home is really nice, the landscaping is really nice, the area it's in is very very nice so I thought there has to be 'something!"..When I got the lease on Sunday night I was finally able to Google the exact address and thats when I think I may have found out why the low rent with the utilities included.
When we were talking to the owner my husband had asked her how many square feet the home was and she was honest, she said she didn't know but she would ask her husband. Well we had so many phone calls going back and forth and we were just so excited that we are FINALLY going home and the location the question got forgotten about. The owner also had mentioned that it was near a train station but neither of us elaborated on that.. When I Googled last night, thats when I found out the home is only 864 sq.ft. and... the railroad tracks run pretty much behind the house. So these two things MUST be why it's so cheap. Being from NJ mostly all my life I know that in this area, most people who will rent a home there are what used to be known as (maybe still are) yuppies. You know, career centered people who make tons of money, commute to the New York City everyday etc etc and if that still holds true I can't see a couple wanting to rent such a small home right next to the railroad.. Maybe I'm wrong? If anyone from Jersey is reading this whats your take on my theory? Am I far off?
So those are the negatives of this home. Small (which I really don't mind) and the railroad but the positives much outweigh the negatives for me. Firstly, financially we will be able to save atleast $1000.00 a month to put in the bank to go towards my much needed dental work. Where we are now, our bills are so high and the mortgage is so high we can't save anything. Secondly, it's close to New York City and also good hospitals and doctors in New Jersey which I WILL need and lastly its only about 35 minutes away from both mine and my husbands families and friends. I can't ask for anything more as far as that goes. It's everything we need. So I can deal with the small house and the railroad, no problem..
We haven't signed the lease yet but that will come probably in the first week of February and in the next week or so my family is going to take a ride up to the house to check it out just to make sure it's exactly the same as the photos that were sent to me. Once the lease is signed that will be it and we'll be packing over the next few months and pulling out of South Carolina the last few days of May.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for reading my post.. Do you have any thoughts on anything I wrote? Maybe some advice?