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A Refrigerator Box to Call our Own.

April 29, 2010

We have been living in a lovely home with two very tolerant cats for the past nine months. Unfortunately, our little stint as faux-homeowners will be coming to an end in a few months which means we must do one of the following:

a) buy a house.
b) rent a house. Hopefully not the basement.
c) squat under the Robert Campbell bridge.

You are probably thinking that options a and b sound pretty reasonable. However, if you live in Whitehorse you will know that unless you have $350,000 OR $1500 p/month to spend on a house that is worth only slightly more than a refrigerator box, option c is really the only viable housing solution.

This is the situation: House goes on the market. Five seconds later, realtor starts fielding desperate phone calls from potential buyers willing to throw in their kidneys and also one of their children just to make a deal. Realtor hosts an “open house” which ends up being more like a Justin Bieber concert. The offers pour in and the sellers quit their jobs at Subway and start looking into vacation villas on the French Riviera.

We went to an open house for a place a couple of weekends ago. The price had not been advertised but we thought for sure it would be within our range. It had belonged to an old lady who had recently died and it was in its “original condition” complete with wood paneling and pink carpet in the ensuite. When her son, who was showing the place, told us what he was asking for it, I came very close to unleashing some words. Except I didn’t because his mother was on the microwave surrounded by candles. No joke.

The possibility of living in another basement is very real at this point and it makes me weep. Bitterly. You may address flowers and donations of down payments to myself.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean permalink
    April 30, 2010 8:26 pm

    Wanna buy our place? Salmon Arm is known as “the Whitehorse Suburb”.

  2. Mary Caudle permalink
    May 3, 2010 10:33 am

    Changing homes is a big job….just look at it as another adventure though… from experience, it can be a lot of fun! You are likely to find a suitable place & within your budget…it’s just looking for, waiting patiently, & looking some more, for the “right” opportunity. Oh…and remember, 3 piles: 1. to keep, 2. to donate, 3. one tiny pile for the ?maybe?….Voila… move & spring cleaning accomplished!…Bring on Summer and some carefree, quality family time!

    Love you 3 always,
    G & G, GG & GG


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