I've been puzzling about what Manuel and I are both looking for in our next house, and I've realized something. Manuel is all about making a profit. Finding a home that we can turn into big dollars when we later sell it. I want a house that I can show off (blush - I didn't realize I was so vain).
We're both wrong ... and a bit right.
It is better to make money then lose money on a home. No doubt about that. It's also nice to be proud of your home - you work hard for it, you should be proud. But ... well, spending all your free time renovating leaves no time for what's really important; and having a home that has a large price tag on it means you also have to work harder, longer hours to pay for it which means, again, no time for what's really important.
And what's really important? Us - Manuel, Walter and Me. Family. Friends. Having lots of great memories of times spent together. Time to unwind, time to read, time to play.
We'll be looking at four houses on Sunday - one that fits Manuel's goals, one that fits my goals, and two that fall somewhere in-between. I'm going to try to look at all four realistically. Without prideful eyes, without money-making eyes. I'm going to try to look at them with my whats-really-important eyes.