This post is from our regular Wednesday contributor, Erin.
When you were younger, did you have unrealistic expectations of what your future house would look like? Or did your dreams come crashing down once you knew how much of a mortgage you were approved for?
Back in elementary school, I’d actually doodle floor plans for the grand mansion I’d eventually have built, complete with multiple indoor pools, waterfalls, an ice rink, a huge kitchen, fountains outside, and a wrought iron gate to get in.
Obviously I had big dreams. ;)
Little did I know how much that would actually cost (let alone cost to run – that’s a lot of water!). The grandeur of it all was just fun to think about.
Thankfully, I snapped out of that after a year or so. And while HGTV’s House Hunters does lure me in from time to time, I know better than to buy more house than I can afford.
I also know there are plenty of people who want to stretch their money when it comes to their dream homes, and I thought it would be interesting to see if anyone else’s vision of their dream house changed once they were actually in the market to buy.
Here’s how the vision for my dream house changed, and the reasons why I no longer want a mansion (besides the fact I can’t afford it!).