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    As the title suggests- what would you do?

    1) rent an old house off a family member with the knowledge that it’s a stable long term home, you will be able to do things to it like paint, change flooring etc with the possibility of buying it down the track. Massive yard, massive shed, lots of potential. Negatives are the house itself is tiny although has enough bedrooms (4 bedrooms) and only 1 bathroom and toilet. It will be very cramped inside but there is a lot of useable space outside including the shed which is roughly the same size as the house. Also cheaper rent. Opposite side of town to kids school but would be going against traffic so only a 15-20 minute drive. Around the corner from all family. Quiet street but busy built up area between 2 major roads.

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    2) continue living in your current house which although small is much bigger than house 1. No guarantee how long we can live in as owners may decide to sell or find new tenants at any stage. Lots of living space inside, nice near new modern house, 2 bathrooms and toilets. Small yard but enough for us. Close to kids school but other side of town to family. Amazing friends and support network as neighbours. Safe, quiet family friendly area. Always in the back of your mind that you can be booted out any time. Dearer rent.

    My main draw card with house 1 is the knowledge of stability. But I am worried about the space side of things.

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    Its a tough choice thats for sure.
    I think though in the end stability and family would win out for me

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    That's tough.

    House one sounds okayish on the face of things. Cheaper rent, close to family etc. However the small house may cause issues down the track. Eg Our house is relatively small with a large yard. I've found that as the kids have gotten older, they now spend all their time inside and rarely go outside so the large yard doesn't mean much. We have one bathroom but two toilets. With three teenage girls it has become a nightmare because someone is always in the bathroom. Even my DS has been known to lock himself in there for half and hour at a time. I've wanted to sell and move for years but for lots reasons it hasn't been possible.

    Also being a distance from the kids school would get old really quickly. Would they also go to highschool on the other side of town? Is there public transport? How would they get to school if you were working etc.

    Being near major roads would be a concern to me as well. Although major is relative. I'm imagining an area in Brisbane I used to live smack bang between the freeway and a major trucking route. I'm guessing it's not like that where you are?

    Do you have an option three? Move to the cheaper family owned house and save up a house deposit to buy a different place?

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    I would stay put. Sounds like you’re all very comfortable there and I would be reluctant to risk giving that up in case you find the other place too small, plus you might find the school commute a bit of a drag. There’s always a risk when you move that you might get dud neighbours too.

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    Option 2, sounds like a more comfortable lifestyle to me.

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    Being close to the school would be a big draw card for me, esp if you have good neighbours and friends in the area. Then family is only 20 mins away as a bonus. I would love to have family that close! And your house sounds really comfortable. If you are ever moved out by your landlord, cross that bridge then. Maybe another great house or opportunity will open up for you at that time. Good luck.

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    yep I would stay put.

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    I would move with the idea of saving money to buy a house that suits. I couldn’t handle living with the fear of having the rug pulled up from me any time. And I’ve been in that situation, rented a house and the owners decided to sell suddenly, when I was heavily pregnant with my ds. Had to move when he was a couple of months old. So glad I’m not in that situation now and have a stable home where I can actually feel at home.
    Also I find it strange that houses with 2 bathrooms are a standard thing now. I would see it as a luxury. Never known any different (I also grew up with 2 sisters in a 1 bathroom house, we survived).

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    I think it depends what you are doing with your relationship. Given what you’ve said about your husband if it was me, I would use this opportunity to rent the house off family and leave the husband out.

    Also want to add that I am currently renting and I hate the unknown. It’s a small 3 bedroom house and we are not on top of each other but I know it’s not long term as we are building so maybe that’s why I can put up with it. I would pick security any day. Can the shed be converted in any way? Also don’t like the fact my walls are bare in this rental.
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    With 1, you say there's a possibility of buying. How real a possibility is it? What would be the timeframe? If it was a couple of years and the house is easily extendable, I would seriously consider it.

    With 2, How long is your lease for? If you choose to stay, you can always ask for a 2 year lease. While you have a lease, no landlord can just kick you out whether they sell the house or not.


 

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