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  1. Agree with you here 1 in a million+ are pretty good odds, especially if you don’t fall into the category of people that this was halted for. Giving people the option to take it or not is the key. I have many friends and family not interested in it, and that’s OK too. Low risk, already had the virus (even some claim twice), whatever, that’s their decision.
  2. Thanks. That’s a type of place I’m thinking about. Fortunately we have options. I’d prefer go east towards big farm land (think Marlin to Crockett) and find a new lifelong career and hang it up on the technology front, but that takes time and substantial effort. Step 1: get back to Texas Step 2: buy into big farmland Step 3: knock up the wife Only 1 of these is easy, to be honest.
  3. If you don’t mind me asking, where did you land? This is what I’m pushing the wife for. Why be a small fish in a big pond when we can just be a small fish in a small pond? Raise kids on acreage, have chickens and a few cows, and just escape the rat race. Even if our income growth flattens out much sooner than we expect because we’re away from the major metro, it’s still affordable for the life we want.
  4. Hang tight, bud. I had a tough run at it myself finishing grad school in 2014 to enter the oil market and immediately get slapped in the dick with the 2015 downturn. Fortunately I was able to squeeze my way out simply due to knowing a few skills I learned working since I was young, but I was absolutely homeless through 2016 sleeping in my truck or on a random couch with my trusty wiener dog. I don’t think there will be much of a dip in the housing market, but I do think we will see a flattening of the curve here in the next 6-12 months once forbearance is exhausted for every type of situation and building materials stabilize.
  5. Late to this party it seems. In 2017 I had enough of tent camping for all of my life and was dating a gal (now my wife) who I wanted to make comfortable too. I found a killer deal on Craigslist for a Little guy 5 wide. It’s been a great purchase and I recommend a teardrop for people not wanting to deal with a huge camper but wanting a touch above a tent. As far as the gun goes, if you really want one you should train and she should too. As others have said, study reciprocity. You should be fine in most of the southeast and the mountain west, but make sure prior to departure. It is as good a time to be a gun owner as it is a bike owner. Technology has really advanced the last 10 years. Excellent options at all price ranges.
  6. A little update here. We had a lead on a house opportunity from an old co worker of my wife’s. Her and her husband are retiring next year and we could have the first spot in line to purchase. We went visit this weekend and came out with the same unknowns. Wife and I went back to the drawing board. What exactly do we want? Where do we want to be? What’s the future about? We’re going start a family here in the next 2 years and I ultimately want to raise my kids the way I was raised (not in a major city). So as of right now we’re calling an audible and probably going to more rural Texas. My career even before covid was mostly remote, now it’s completely remote and there’s no sign of it going back. Wife has better opportunities in more rural places with less demand anyway. She’s from the greater Waco area, so I think we’re trying to head there. The goal is to get into a home in the next 18 months, then acquire 40+ acres within 5 years (somewhere even more rural). Waco as a home makes that more than achievable. This is still fluid, but I am all in about ditching the major cities.
  7. We went to Liberty Hill and Bertram. While a bit more affordable (especially Bertram), there is nothing available. I would love to live in Burnett, Llano or even Marble Falls, but the wife is a Nurse Practitioner and has to actually show up to an office to see patients. A bit different than me dealing with people across the globe from the comfort of my house shoes. So she has ruled out those long commutes.
  8. Tell that to the wife who is accepting her dream job in Cedar Park. But in all reality, I’m just trying to come up with a game plan. I didn’t want to spend more than a 2-2.25 multiple on our household income, but it’s looking to be more like a 2.5-3 multiple to get anywhere. I hate to stretch like that, but it is the only option if we decide to buy. Which brings me to another point. All signs point to not buying. This isn’t sustainable, and it seems to be happening everywhere (Dallas, Houston, Lafayette La, etc.). The bubble will pop eventually and things will normalize. I just hope that happens in the next 12-15 months so I can secure something summer 2022.
  9. Lived in Austin for about 4 years. Wife and I moved to south west Denver July 30, 2020. Life throws a few curve balls and we are coming back to the greater Austin area in the next few months. We visited Austin for 4 days this past weekend in an effort to find housing and gather our thoughts as to what we really want out of our move back to Austin. Man was I wrong. This is unbelievable. Homes appraised for 400k are listed for 450k and selling for 500k. Every single cookie cutter neighborhood up in Leander is completely sold out. We showed up at a development off of N Baghdad in Leander. 220 home sites and not a single slab was poured yet. Every single one was sold. We even went over to Hutto and the 2 we visited said nothing would be available until 2022. We both grew up modestly well outside of any major city, and we want to maintain that modest lifestyle for ourselves and our future kids. I come here to discuss how, on many different fronts. How do people simply purchase these homes? I hear the excuse from realtors that say “Thanks Facebook, apple, google”, but not everyone works for big tech. How do plumbers afford these houses? How about civil engineers? How does a family that comprises of a police officer and a nurse afford a 600k home? How about school teachers? How is this sustainable? How did it even get to this level? I’ve been scratching my head for a few days now about this. My wife and I have zero debt and nice stable incomes, but I can’t for the life of me think that over spending by 25-40% is a good investment. How does everyone else think that it is? Lastly, anyone here work in real estate and want to offer some tips/input? Thanks for letting me rant here. Looking forward to riding bikes in Austin again in 2021.
  10. Man it would suck to be one of those 3 people.
  11. I don’t have Monday beers often, but I got shit done today with work so why not. Also making meatball subs. 1. Denver beer company graham cracker porter is another all time favorite. It is not a porter, but it is an excellent brown ale. 2. This is that beer with a hint of PB. Excellent also. 3. Mini keg is for this weekends trip to Crested Butte.
  12. 12% will kick my dick in the dirt at this point! 5 years ago when I was deep in the craft craft beer scene I would knock back 3-4 10%+ beers in a night. Not no mo.
  13. One of my all time favorite browns, and I’m a brown connoisseur.
  14. I love the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year when I buy every Christmas ale I see. Anchor Christmas ale happens every year, as does St Arnold’s. The rest are whatever comes across my vision.
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