Letting the house go: Am I making the right decision?
The wife and I sat down and talked about everything. About how we got into the position we are in and how to get out of it. Basically what it came down to is that we jumped into the "home-owners" market too quick. We got sucked in by the allure of owning our own home. We didn't realize all the side effects of owning a home; the maintenance, the upgrades, and most importantly, actually paying for it.
I received a lot of very helpful comments. My short Walletpop career has been jammed with more information than I have read in the past few months. The help and the tips I have received have been great, and have steered me in the right direction.We made a decision that was so hard to make. Some of the people we have talked to judged us and ridiculed us. Others understood where we are coming from. Needless to say, our family understands what we are trying to do and they back us.
We've decided to sell the house. We plan on moving in a few years, hopefully to Phoenix, maybe closer. Our credit isn't great, heck, it's not even average at the moment and we would not get approved for another loan with our current credit situation.
After we sell the house we will find a nice place to rent. Our current mortgage payment is about $800 a month but we figure we can get a nice place for half that. We would use the difference between our old mortgage and our new rent to pay off and repair our credit -- Hopefully building our credit score to secure us a home loan with a great interest rate in the future.
It's cheaper to rent for us right now, and as one of the great bloggers here at Walletpop said, whenever something breaks all you have to do is call someone!
I've received so much help from you all so far, I'm curious to see what you all have to say about this.