I'm a HUGE HGTV fan. If I have the flipper, that's the first channel I turn to. Don't always stay there, but it's my starting point every time.
The other night I was watching one of the buying-a-new-house shows. These shows tend to get on my nerves because they have couples wandering through a perfectly functional house ripping it to shreds. "Well this needs to be gutted." Why? The color of the kitchen cabinets is too dark/light for you? The appliances aren't stainless steel? In my world, you live with something until it is no longer functional THEN you replace it.
But I digress...sorta.
This particular episode was devoted to a young twenty something buying her first place.
My jaw dropped when I heard the budget. $600,000. I won't tell you how many of my first house you could buy for that amount, but you'll need more than one hand.
Yeah, I know some cities have really expensive real estate, that's not really the point...read on.
During the search she had a complaint about every single house. No parking. The rooms were too small (but somehow way bigger than the ones in my house). The lack of a yard. Blah blah blah. Some of these houses were fantastic -- just not good enough for her.
So her Mama offered to "loan" her some cash to increase her budget so she could get a nicer place.
Like a million dollar place.
Are you freaking kidding me? I seriously don't even know where to begin.
I could go on and on about fiscal responsibility and living within your means.
(Just because you can afford something doesn't mean you should buy it.)
I could offer my perspective on the materialistic nature of our society.
(I'm pretty sure you can be happy without granite counters and matching appliances.)
I could observe that if her first house is worth a million dollars, what's there to look forward to? I shudder to think how much real estate she'll require when she actually has children.
But mostly I want to make the snarky observation that it's hypocritical to accept $300,000 from your mother when the whole point of you moving out of your parents' house was to assert your independence.