My girlfriend and I are coming up to that point. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Individually we've both looked for a house of our own. I guess we'll look for one together now. She was born in Europe. I was born in Asia. And we met in North America. With that kind of background I don't think we'll ever stop travelling. Well, back to work.
Thanks guys for all your replies...
we were thinkink of renting first, but it's dead money... like someone said before...
then we were thinking of buying a flat... but I could never live in/too close to the city and for a 90square metre apartment (without garden, garage etc.) you will have to pay 200 000 Euro and up.
When we saw the add in the newspaper with this cheap property we reconsidered building our own house (which is very common here.) In the area where we bought the land you usually pay about 90-130 Euro per sq metre. We were lucky and paid 70. The location couldn't be better (although it is not the sunniest property- I love the sun, but good enough). Unfortunatelt selling/buying houses here is not something people like to do (comparing it with countries like NZ, but I mean people here usually build a house and never move again)
anyway.... we are very excited about designing our own house. We r also (the way it looks now) gonna do most of it ourselves. So everyone who enjoys doing that kind of stuff is welcome to come and help! *g*
(I better stop making those type of suggestions, bec I'll end up with a bunch of crazy TP members at our building site )
thanks again for ur input.... I really appreciate it!
still am a hippy and still live in a rented place !
I bought my house 5 years ago for a pitance really and now if l was to sell it l would make a very tidy profit!!!!!! For my 2 bed terrace house the mortgage is ALOT less than renting is - but then again l struck it lucky and bought before the housing market boomed in Belfast - l would hate to be looking to buy a house now nothing under £150K/$300K really, l dont know how first time buyers actually do it!
Looks like Belfast and Utrecht have the same housing problems. Buying a house all by yourself is almost impossible, with two people you even have to search very well. You can buy small apartments for around €150.000 and smaller houses for around €250-300k (or somehow bigger newly built houses...but then you are stuck with a neighbourhood where all people have 2 children, a golden retriever and a Volvo Stationwagon), but basically a good house costs even more. Oh well, I guess most people enjoyed a study, have a decent job and can have a good life. And what's 300k in let's say 20 years...
Back in Germany I had a house who was sold because of the divorce,from my share I bought a sailboot and guess what?of course went travelling.(Atlantic crossing with my new partner)Now I live alone in my paradise Bonaire,the Netherl.Antilles since 17 years and still travell every year 2-3 times for a few weeks.can't go for month,but that is ok with me now.
I live and have my shop in a rented house with garden in a good but to expensiv location(to buy).12 years ago I bought my first house,a typical Bonairien house in a good neighborhood,could rent it out imidiatly and used the rent for the renovation so it was paid in no time.Last Dezember I bought the second ,again in a good location for an afordable price at an auction.Nobody made a bit because the house and the property looked not nice and clean.I did a clean up,improofed a few things,paited it nice and now people ask me if I would sell it.No,it is rented out also.
Both propertys are big enough to bild an appartment on them,so one day I hope it is not soon I will live for free on one of this 2 places and will travel.
Property will always have a value,and if you are carefull with mortgages you will always be able to travel,maybe not for month,but you can explore parts of your home country.