Affording a house

If you haven’t been reading my blog for very long, you may not have ‘heard’ that last fall we moved into our new house in Victoria. It took us a while to find what we were looking for, and to reconcile what we liked with what we could afford. The housing market has gone nutso in this city and it was a difficult process, but we finally made it happen.

I’ve spoken to several people in town about buying our house and I get the same reaction every time, especially from people who are older than myself. People usually ask, “Have you been able to get a house?” and I say, “Yes.” Then they say something like (with a mix of relief and incredulity), “Wow, that’s so great. Good for you.”

Isn’t it sad that we have to worry so much about this? Young people like myself and my husband are finding it more and more difficult to be able to buy something – anything – in this town. It’s not like you can buy something less expensive even just a little outside (or way outside) the city and commute to work. It’s all expensive. It’s all crazy.

We chose this situation, though, because we specifically moved back to live in Victoria from somewhere else. We knew it was going to be expensive. We hoped it would be worth it. So far it has been. Will I always feel this way? Who knows? For now we’re enjoying where we are … but make no mistake, we’re paying for it!

2 thoughts on “Affording a house

  1. Hi Beth The housing market in the UK is crazy too. We’re quite lucky in that we live in an area with reasonably priced housing – compared to down south or even Edinburgh where you can pay over about £200,000 for a flat (450,000 Canadian dollars).Your word verif. today is cwookmi! I found that funny

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  2. It seems like housing prices are going up all over, doesn’t it? I don’t know how everyone is doing it as salaries haven’t really increased from what I’ve seen. Lucky you that you live in a reasonably-priced area!

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