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Old 09-17-2014, 07:21 PM   #1
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Tired of Renting


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I have been doing everything myself that I possibly can for a while, but renting makes that difficult sometimes. My cars have not been to a shop in years, I rarely call the landlord, and I cannot wait to own my own home so I can do anything I want to it.

I am a 28 year old mechanical engineer in Maine renting a house with my fiancee. It is a brand new house, built to be sold, so it is incredibly generic. Everything is beige, and I am not allowed to change anything. I satisfy my DIY itch by modifying my car(s), and building smaller things.

I will probably spend my time here in the Do It Yourself section, and generally reading everybody else's stories, projects, and mistakes while I figure out whether I want to buy or build in the future.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:30 PM   #2
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It's a good time to buy, rates are still low.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:59 PM   #3
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You should move out here. We have plenty of railways that are hiring engineers to drive trains and your fiancee could meet someone who can design, build, and complete something.

Just kidding, but there are plenty of opportunities across the country right now.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:45 AM   #4
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As long as money is this "cheap" and you buy right, you minimize the exposure risk.

Congrats and welcome to the forums.
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Thanks guys!
I cannot decide what kind of place to buy. Around here I have a lot of options. I could buy a small starter house and plan to upgrade in 5-10 years, or I could buy some land and build a garage with an apartment above and plan to build a house to go with it in 5-10 years, or I could probably wait another couple years and skip the small house and go straight to a family-raising house.

Someday I want a house on a lake, as I grew up on a lake and I miss it every day, but I cannot afford a full size house on a lake right now. Hence the thoughts of starting small and up-sizing in the future. We still have some saving to do, but we are working on it and I am exploring my options.
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