TL;DR: Move two hours north/away from family to save $24k+ per year?
So, this does definitely jive with my buying land thread, but is a bit different. This scenario just came upon us, and so I figured it was worthy of its own thread, since this is a topic around our primary house rather than a “vacation” house.
Current situation: live an hour from wife’s parents, and an hour from mine, and pay $2900/month to live in a 1300sqft townhouse (2bedroom/1.5bath). ($2623 is PITI + $300 HOA). Owe $340k~ on the condo, can probably sell it for about $370k. Have put hardwoods in, redid master bath, new moulding, added 110sqft office in basement, great schools, one car garage.
Proposal: buy 1400sqft house (plus 300sqft 3-season room) on .3 acres two hours north of us. The nearest city is an hour away, and we’d be in a ski town. Grocery store, etc. is nearby but otherwise it’s just a small town in the mountains. The kicker is: PITI goes to under $900/month. Schools in this area are horrendus. No real resale or rental probability for schooling purposes, but certainly AirBNB potential in the winter months ($1-2k/week in winter months). We would be 2:40 from her dad+step mom, 2 hours from my family, but only 15 minutes from her mom. She has a pretty good relationship with her mom, and her mom being so close would allow us to have some help for our child (date nights, etc.).
HHI is about $200k this year between my work from home job and wife’s work from home freelance gig, while she stay at home mothers our 10-month old. Maxing my 401k, HSA, and will do IRA for wife this year since we’re eligible again.
Current savings plan has us saving about $50k by sometime in 2020, in addition to our existing savings. If we were to move into this rural house for two years, we’d add another $50kish on top of that. Ideally, we want to buy a $500k home somewhere near our current location, but maybe a bit more north–definitely not where the rural house is. However, I just can’t stomach saving $150k to dump it all into a house and then we’re back at $0 savings with a $350k mortgage.
Since our child is just under a year old, we have at least three years before we have to worry about school districts. My wife is semi-on board with the idea. The house has been in her family for quite a while, and the aunt owns it outright. She is looking for $150k, but we’re thinking to come in at $125k contingent on a satisfactory inspection (roof and foundation are my two largest concerns).
Thoughts? If you need any more info, just ask. I have been talking about this with my wife, and have ran it by some friends, so my mind is pretty scrambled up at this point. I may have left something out.
Plan A: buy house and close by December 2017, AirBNB it this winter, move into the house in spring 2018, sell condo spring 2018, stay for two~ years and save money, buy “forever home,” keep ski house as AirBnB (or sell it, whatever at that point). Buying the house would eat into a significant chunk of our current savings, but we would recoup that quickly via a more pared down lifestyle, less housing costs, etc. Also, HELOC is a possibility.
Plan B: buy house by December 2017, AirBnB it, remain in condo, hope AirBnB rentals can pay mortgage+expenses+profit a bit, keep it as an investment house. Buying the house would eat into a significant chunk of our current savings, but we would recoup that eventually, and could tap the equity via a HELOC if we needed to. We would use it in the off season as a summer house, at our will.
Plan B.5: buy house, move into house, rent condo (I think renting the condo leaves us at about negative 300-500 per month, cash flow wise).
Plan C: don’t do this is at all because it’s a dumb idea, but then i tell myself that I’ve had car payments more than $900 per month, making less than I make now, so somehow that rationalizes it?
Cmon FWF crew. Poke holes!
ETA: we have discussed about being far from friends, family, activities, etc. Also, if I lost my work from home job, we’d be incomeless (I guess her freelance gig is income, but not enough to support us), but at $900/month for housing, we could live quite a long time on savings in the house. In the condo, our current savings would be eaten up within a year.