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It’s amazing how many homes in this part of the world are selling below $100K.  Some way, WAY below $100K.  I’m too old to keep moving every two years on the apartment merry-go-round.  Time to settle down and stay put.  I’m looking for a place where I can retire.  The community name on our list is Queen Creek, which is roughly a 20-minute drive out of the Phoenix metro area’s outermost limits, probably half-hour-ish from my work.  Would I prefer closer in?  Sure. Unfortunately closer means older homes, higher cost, higher likelihood of repairs needed and higher proportion of unsavory neighbors.

We could still conceivably move sooner rather than later.  The biggest potential roadblock is this apartment.  Getting out of my lease early is costly unless we can get someone else to rent right behind us.  If it were earlier in the year that would be simple.  This is a nice complex and our apartment is their biggest and most popular model.  That close to the holidays, it’s gonna be tough somebody to move in behind us.  The earliest date I could foresee would be a December-January window.  Of course, things have a tendency to work out in unexpected ways, so anything’s possible.  If everything comes together the right way we might still make Poolie’s January prediction.

Of course Poolie might not want to drive so far out to visit.  We’re gonna be in the boonies.  For this part of the world, the boonies mean newer subdivisions abutting mountains, in decent looking surroundings.  Boonies around here have a way of becoming suburbs.  In fact, the boonies tend to turn into elite suburbs over time.

And who knows?  Poolie might come see the boonies and decide to go Mr. Rogers on us.  Won’t you be our neighbor, Poolie?

More house picture porn.  This place would approach the upper end of our budget though still more than $100 below what we currently pay in rent, including the HOA fee:

Front Exterior Dining & Kitchen

Bay Window Subdivision

The above is a 4 bed 2 bath with over 1800 square feet, built in ’05.  My only concern is that the yard is so tiny there’s almost no buffer between us and the neighbors.  On the other hand, teensy yard equals teensy upkeep, which is a good thing.  The yard is small enough I can see turning it into a desert-friendly garden, at a wallet-friendly price.  Furthermore, sometimes cheaper up front isn’t really cheaper.  If this is structurally sound and a cheaper house needs a new roof, guess which one I’m picking?

For what it’s worth, when I say the upper end of our budget, I’m talking about the upper end of what I’m willing to spend.  I’ve been approved for a lot more money than that; doesn’t mean I have any intention of taking it to the limit.

The project today is tracking down a wheelchair.  For short-term I will definitely need a set of personal wheels.  Where we now live, no way in Hell I’m going to be able to use crutches right out of surgery.  It’s too far from the parking lot to our apartment.  And when I go back to work, our team’s been moved to our own version of the boonies, way the heck back in the back of the place.  Again, crutches ain’t cutting it.

Scooter chairs and electric wheelchairs are outrageous, entirely too much to pay for a few weeks’ use.  I can probably rent something, but it’s looking a lot cheaper to simply buy a used low-end folding model.  Then when I’m done with it I can either tuck it away for emergencies or turn around and sell it again.

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