The unfortunate thing about waking up from a dream is that you then have to face reality and many times, it would have been better if the dream had just remained that…a dream.
Thank you all so much for your kind words and support after reading about our serendipitous stumbling upon my dream home.
Although my dream is still alive, at this time it is only hanging on my mere threads. We had asked our realtor to provide us with the answers to some of our major concerns such as yearly costs for heating, electric, taxes, rural high speed internet, trash collection and any other incidentals that would affect our monthly carrying charges.
We were certainly given a dose of reality to awaken us from our dream when Jenn, our realtor, came back with the answers yesterday. The brutal truth is that the basic everyday costs to run my dream home would cost us approximately $500-$600 more per month than our current costs, with the majority being the increase in the cost of heating. There is a substantial cost difference between heating with natural gas which we currently have and oil. What a slap in the face that news was!
The truth of the matter is, unless we can do some serious negotiations with the list price of the house, it looks like our dream might just fade into the proverbial sunset. We still have time to think about it and to crunch more numbers, but in our heart of hearts, we know that the bottom line won’t change, given the volatile price of oil and both Mr. Painted Quilt and I are not risk-takers when it comes to this sort of thing.
So I’m prepared to allow my dream remain a dream…until my next serendipitous encounter with a stone house with a ‘for sale’ sign on the lawn. *wink*
Have a super day and as always…