I made the mistake of thinking that my husband’s company would transfer us again. They moved us to CA, but I thought it was temporary. At the time, house prices were still reasonably low. I should’ve bought something then, but the stress of moving cross country and the issue that came up because of it didn’t make me want to buy a house here. Then, just like I thought it would, when we were commited to buy, my husband was transferred back east, which was supposed to be permanent. Unfortunately, they changed their minds, told us 8 months…then after a few months, decided they really need him back in CA, so we came back very abruptly after 4 months.
There was no time to plan and even search for a new place…and in that short time period, real estate skyrocketed…So, owning a house here is out of the question now. Even a condo in the area is out of reach When we went east, I could get a 2 bedroom condo here for about 200k, when we came back (and even now) those same condos run 400-600k.