Early last month my husband was accepted for a job in Carlsbad, NM.
It's not a pay increase for him, but he's not subject to furlough on this job-- unlike his current one.
The pay increase comes with me-- the town is a lot bigger, and last time we went there was an abundance of jobs, because of a boom the town is having.
So, we only found out last month, and they want us there in late March-- that gave us roughly two months to find a home.
Unfortunately, we've run into some major issues, like, there was absolutely no house, no apartment, literally nothing to rent-- especially one that accepted pets. A symptom of lots of people wanting to work in Carlsbad, but not having enough housing for them.
We were worried that we'd have to turn down a slightly better arrangement because we couldn't find somewhere to live.
And then we were introduced to the idea of buying a house. This prospect brought the worst in our fears, because we hadn't intended to stay more than a few years in New Mexico-- our hope was to move somewhere a little more North.
But prices for 3 bdr 2 bath houses are currently super cheap, and the payments would be significantly less than the average rent (min. $1400 per month)...
Late February we contacted all the necessary people to begin the process of buying our first home. But what this means is that we'll be pretty much homeless until we close a house.
The park where my hubs is going to work is going to pay for 2 months in a motel. We're thinking about setting up a P.O. box and shipping a box or two of our clothing when we go up to see the houses on our list. Our car isn't big, and we need to have enough room for the cats, a litter box and whatever we feel we need to live for 2 months-- it isn't going to be much, we own a sedan, not a truck. The rest of our stuff will be in storage in a different state-- because that's where one of the hubs is for the company that is moving us.
After those 2 months, we better have a house.
I've never been so stressed, so worried, and so excited all at once.
This is huge.