NO, we haven't bought a house. But we have looked at a few recently. Nothing has really stood out for us as the "perfect" house; probably because our wish list is very very very LONG. Like insanely long.
Regardless of price, with me stalking the MLS listings, and driving through our favorite neighborhoods, I am absolutely DUMBFOUNDED by the price of homes in the GTA. It's INSANE. So much in fact that i'm thinking of tossing the entire idea out the window. It's frustrating to know that you are pre-approved for "X", but the homes in the "X" price range are either shacks that need 100K in renovations, or are the size of a matchbook. Or 8 cats live there and you'd have to have the entire place fumigated and the vents cleaned out the stink is so bad. Or your neighbor is a gas station or a funeral home. No i'm not kidding on the last two.
Another consideration is moving outside of the GTA to a smaller community, we can afford a nice home out in the burbs, but then our commute would be very very long. And with only 1 car, and the fact that my husband and I work different shifts, we'd need to buy another car, OR one of us would need to work from home.
So what do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO? I've got my knickers all up in a knot about this today, so much so that I just want to crawl under the covers.
Do you own your home? Did you have to decide between urban and suburban? Or city and country? New home or resale? Please help us decide! We don't know what to do!