No cup, No car lifestyle is not easy!

Earlier this year I watched ‘Before the Flood’ and was inspired to take action to reduce my impact on the environment. In particular, I took on 2 challenges:

  1. Not using disposable drinking cups (including plastic water bottles)
  2. Going 1 day per week without driving or riding in a car

A month and a half into the challenge, a key theme has emerged:

Achieving sustainable living goals requires planning.

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Buy vs Rent?

Have you ever asked a new homeowner why he or she decided to buy? Your question was probably met with confusion: did you mean to ask why he or she bought this particular house? Of course they researched the heck out of the neighborhood: the quality of schools, the density of the tree canopy, the Jones’ lifestyle choices. And they definitely spent countless hours watching ‘Fixer Upper.’ How else would they know they want granite counter tops and lots of shiplap? Continue reading

Have you seen ‘Before the Flood’?

If not, gather your friends and watch it here.

This film has stayed with me since I saw it months ago, and I have not been able to stop thinking about the conclusions. That my generation will likely be the first to see the devastating impacts of climate change not just on our environment, but on our lives and our homes, is sobering. Continue reading

Finding Home

Today’s post was supposed to be about how to create a short list of must-haves for your future home. It’s difficult to write that post, however, when you the author don’t even know what’s on your own short list. So today I’m sharing a thought on what home is, jotted down after we decided not to buy a house that, in retrospect, was just kind of okay. Continue reading

How to choose a realtor (Part 1)

When I was young, my family moved several times in less than a decade. We had a wonderful realtor who was always part of the process of selecting the house and getting settled. I assumed I would use a realtor to find my first house. In fact, it never occurred to me that you could buy a house without one. A lot of people successfully find and purchase that perfect abode on their own.

Inspired by others stories of success without a realtor, my husband and I initially started searching on our own. Continue reading

Before you search, know your credit score

Part of growing up is doing boring things consistently in anticipation of future benefits. Saving money in retirement accounts, getting an annual physical, exercising – all good examples of boring activities that pay off. One thing you should do (or start doing) if you plan to live somewhere other than your parent’s house, track your credit score. Continue reading

The Search for HOME

Hello! Welcome to the Search for Home. A few years ago, my husband and I began to search for our home together. We’ve learned a lot about the house-searching process and ourselves. Beyond finding the right house, the right neighborhood, the right city, the search is as much about finding a place to live as it is about the life you want live.

This blog has tactical advice (like what to consider when choosing a realtor) and more intangible observations (like whether you can walk to see your friends).

I’d love to hear what you’re learning from your home search or how you found your home