Most people I know are keen to get into the property market, which is entirely fair, although I can’t help but wonder if they want it more precisely because they can’t have it. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, right? So maybe that distance between property ownership and the status quo somehow makes the whole thing seem more desirable than perhaps it actually is.
Not to say that there aren’t perfectly good reasons for wanting to get in on real estate, or that the gap between the haves and have-nots isn’t an issue, but what if owning property isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Then again, what do I know? I’m just as eager to get amongst it as the next person, come rising interest rates or high water. I’ve even started researching conveyancing lawyers in hopes of getting ahead of the curve.
How’s that going, you ask? Well, when it comes to conveyancing companies, Cheltenham has no shortage of options to choose from, so I’m faced with the task of figuring out the sweet spot between professional and affordable. Turns out, I have absolutely no idea how much anything is supposed to cost in the realm of real estate, and that’s before I’ve even gotten to the actual properties.
Long story short, after dipping my toe in the water, I’m starting to wonder if this is really my bag. What if I just stopped here, and enjoyed fuss-free renter status for the rest of my life? I mean, sure, renting can come with its own share of fuss and bother – useless property managers, surprise rent increases and unreturned bonds are no walk in the park. But neither are stamp duty, council rates and adding value to your investment in an unpredictable marketplace. That’s all I’m saying.
Maybe I’ll change my tune at some point, like next time I have a really dreadful experience as a tenant. We’ll see.