A few of my readers are aware that I was recently asked whether I had any interest in buying “the farm” now that my Grandmother has passed away and it must be sold. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting that question. I always imagined that either my Dad or one of his brothers would live there, but apparently that is not to be the case. Seeing as I’m currently living there now, I guess I was the next logical person on the list to ask.
My initial response was that I would be interested in knowing more… I didn’t want to commit to anything, but there is a part of me that would love to be out there. It’s a beautiful spot, and I love that. But when I learned that the property would be sold through a probate court, that dampened my enthusiasm a bit. Rather than the property being sold by the family, a court appointed facilitator will handle the assessment and sale. I don’t think that I could afford to pay fair market value, and commute back and forth to work and to see my kids. It would just be too much. It would be great if I was retired. (oh, for so many reasons, it would be great) But in my current situation, it just doesn’t make any sense. So I’ve told my uncle that I would still be interested in knowing what that price would be… but that chances are I would not be in a position to purchase it.
I think that I will stick with my original plan, which was to start looking seriously for another place in the late spring / early summer timeframe. That gives me a few more months to set some money aside, and work out some personal details. In the meantime I will start packing up some of the loose items. I would imagine that people are going to start frequenting the property to go through my Grandmother’s belongings, and I’d rather not have my mess of things in the way. Not to mention that it really cuts into my sleeping schedule!