I have a lot of thoughts about the house situation. Most of them have not quite risen to the surface in any kind of coherent manner. The thing I keep thinking about is how many of the houses we’ve seen are just god-awful pieces of shit. Not okay houses in sketchy neighborhoods. Not even great houses in bad neighborhoods. Though we’ve seen a few of those, too.
It’s just that I thought that, if we saw, say, 100 houses (Kathy and I think we’ve seen about 60) in my price range, 25-30 would be horrific jokes or houses that would be worth a lot more if you had money to rehab them (so horrific, but maybe not jokes) and say 50-60 would be perfectly fine but just not my thing or clearly not in places I wanted to live or with not quite the size or the amenities I wanted, but houses that you could see working for someone, if not me. And there would be, I don’t know 20 or so that seemed like “Oh, okay, yeah, I do have to think carefully about this and not let my instant love for it blind me to this or this or this” and from those 20, we would narrow it down to something that would work out.
And I do think that we’ve ended up with, probably, about 20, give or take, that seemed like they might be possible and we put in offers on the two that seemed best from those. So, this isn’t a post exactly grouching about my situation.
What concerns me is that there weren’t 50 or 60 perfectly fine but just not my thing houses. There were probably 60 “oh hell no!” houses and 20 “well, okay, maybe” and 10 “Ooo, I don’t know, but I like” and 5 where I thought “This could be it.” (Well, that’s confusing. I mean to be still speaking allegorically, so I hope y’all see what I mean.)
And it just leads me to continue to wonder–when we talk about there being a lot of affordable housing in Nashville, is that really the case? Right now, for instance, there are 695 houses on the market under $125,000, which makes it seem as if there’s a lot of housing stock for working class people. But if sixty percent of those are pits that need major help before you can get into them, are they really real possibilities for folks? Because, even if you can rehab them–if you have the skills–if you don’t have the money, is that house really feasible?