Fishing for us has taken a pretty big hit. Boat gas yesterday was 6.29 a gallon. That makes offshore trips REALLY expensive. We are adjusting but it means less trips and we go less far. We still enjoy it but the depth you fish here makes a difference.
D. seems somewhat stabilized. She has been staying on her meds. We think what finally convinced her to make this commitment is, in a moment of clarity she realized she had blown her entire $60 grand divorce settlement AND has a pile of bills from 5 baker acts. She is depressed right now but that's better than manic. Also, she gave up her apartment and moved in with mom.
The main reason I decided to post an update is....I've finally finished my 2 new books. Although I felt like I was close a while back, I still had a lot of work to do. I got nervous about copyright issues with some of the images I was using so I went through the entire book and made sure all of my images were legal for commercial use. I catalogued where I got each image from just in case. Lots of work but I'll sleep better. I also had some pictures that weren't quite right to my eye so I cleaned that up as well. Anyways, I'll be ordering ISBNs today and hopefully sending everything to the printer tomorrow.
Our condo is great but we are getting less and less comfortable with an airbnb above us. The owner had definitely worked on getting better renters but it still makes us a little uncomfortable. We can hear every footstep above us and it is just not a situation we want to be in for the next 30 years. Add that to the fact that at any time either owner above us could change.
We will be giving up probably the best view there is on Tampa Bay. But we hope to get a little bigger place and hopefully a much quieter place. The new one will still be on the water, though (not negotiable).
The real estate market is probably not the best right now but really the only concern we have is the difference in what we can sell our place for and what we have to pay for a new place. Hopefully a wash no matter what the market does.
I talked to my friend who is a real estate broker. He has a friend discount which should help considerably. He's also super knowledgeable about the area.
We found an area we like and there are homes in our price range. The market over there isn't overheated but there's definitely not a fire sale going on. We'll lose our view but we'll get square footage and we'll still be on the water.
There are quite a few condos for sale in our complex. It is a bit worrying but none are as big as ours or have our view so hopefully that will be a plus.
We are waiting on a photographer to list. Next week.
I am now tracking sales in our condo development as well as listings in the area we want to buy. Redfin and Zillow are both pretty awesome. You get instant notifications if anything has changed, like price changes, pending sales, etc.
Although this is good, it is contributing to some increasing anxiety. Just seeing things move off the market where we are looking and nothing selling in my complex has me really nervous.