We closed on the sale of our home in Michigan today. I've never been so happy NOT to be a homeowner anymore! (OK, lies, I was this happy back in 2011. But then, this was not a huge hit to our bank account, so yeah, maybe I'm even more happy!)
I'll admit, there was a sad moment this morning when I was reminded of all that we left behind in Midland. Selling our home is sort of the final nail in the coffin of our lives there. We are (sadly) not going back. There is no "Just kidding! We're not living in Illinois!" We live here, and only here, now.
But that sadness was quickly overshadowed by the joy of NOT MAKING A MORTGAGE PAYMENT ANYMORE! Think of it - we will have money leftover after we pay the bills! Actual money! Enough that we could actually buy something we want, and not just the things we need. It makes me giddy. A burden has been lifted.
I know what you're all thinking: "So, are you going to buy again?" Not anytime soon. Not for a very VERY long time. Honestly, we probably should hold off on buying a home until we want to move. That seems to be the way this works. Buy a house, be forced to move. I'm over the whole home ownership thing. We're happy here in our little townhome. We have plenty of space for our family, we don't have to shovel snow, we don't have to pay for any repairs. Life is good here.
Sorry, Illinois. You aren't getting my money in real estate taxes. At least not for a while. I'm beating you at your little game. I avoid toll roads, use the library like a boss, and don't send my kid to all day kindergarten. Shannon 4, Illinois 0.