My original plan hadn't been to buy a house right when me moved. However, the place we're going to live in Maine is rather remote, and there just aren't that many rentals around--especially ones you can just rent on a month to month basis, avoiding long contracts. So tomorrow my wife and I are going to fly out to Maine ourselves to go house hunting. I have to admit, it's an interesting experience.
One thing that's helping a lot is that we were pointed in the direction of a good broker. She's a member of my church out there, and she's been very eager to help us and offer advice. We have about 20 houses lined up to see this weekend, all of them ones we're interested in. I don't think if I hadn't found a good broker I'd still be flying out tomorrow. (Can I just say how great it is to be able to call up your new area's church leaders and suddenly have a support base clear across the country? Fantastic.)
But even with a good broker, I'm still a tad apprehensive about actually buying something that expensive. That's a chuck of change, although it's nowhere near to the prices that some areas charge. We should be able to get plenty of house for somewhere in the mid-100s. I know some of you out there are now wondering why I'm even complaining about the price--I'm not complaining. I'm just saying I've never bought anything that pricey before.
Still, I'm excited. The area has beautiful old homes (we're talking over 100 years here), and some nice newer ones. Right now, I'm quite confident we'll be able to find something in our price range that we're happy with. Then again, maybe that will change once I'm out there. I don't know if I'll have internet access, so I don't know how much I'll be able to update you on the progress. I'll be back late Tuesday, so hopefully I'll know something by then.