When you’re renting an apartment there’s lots of turnover with tenants. If you have a troublesome neighbor, they could very well be gone when their lease is up. Or perhaps you’ll be moving on when your lease ends. The movement of tenants makes neighborly feuds in a rental environment less prolonged.
But if you buy a home and get off on the wrong foot with your neighbors, that could be a source of stress for you for years to come. In most metropolitan areas homeowners live in their homes for about eight years.
So be mindful of that when meeting the folks next door. You’ll want to foster strong relationships that make them more considerate of your sleep when their dog starts barking at night, or less likely to call the police when your music is a little too loud.
When I moved into my home current home, my second night here as I was preparing for bed I heard loud music emanating from my next door neighbor. I was instantly filled with a sense of relief.
Because I knew as noisy as they were being, odds are they would never complain about the noise coming from my side of the fence. When it comes to little annoyances by your neighbors sometimes instead of asking them to cease and desist, it’s better to look at these annoyances as social capital that you can cash in at a later date.
The challenges of homeownership may seem daunting, but at the end of the day they're still a million times better than throwing your money away on rent. Nearly everyone's retirement plan should include owning your home. Besides that the benefits far outweigh the challenges.
So now that I’ve given you some insight on what it’s like to be a homeowner you may be asking, what the process of buying a home with a VA loan entails. So be sure to watch my video “How to Get a VA Home Loan
” where I’m going to be covering that in detail.