So, Brad and I are seriously considering selling our house and moving out of town. He mentioned it again tonight and then went online and looked at some places. There are 3 in our price range ($250,000 or less). One is really nice with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, split level, nice kitchen. But, it's only on an acre so the neighbors are too close. Then there were two others we liked, but my problem with them is that they had wood interiors. One was log cabin-ish but is set on EIGHT ACRES of wooded land! OMG awesome... but has an HOA. The whole point in moving OUT of city limits is to avoid all those stupid rules. The third also has a wood interior, but is a bit above our price range. But, it's out in the middle of NO WHERE! No neighbors for miles! On a dead end gravel road. Another nice house, interesting floor plan, but FULL of knotty pine... I'm not in love with that.
Looking at a time frame of a couple years before we'd move. Definitely want to get some stuff paid off so our house budget is better. New debt payoff plan (after factoring the new house payment) shows us being debt free (less mortgage and whatever car we buy) in 4 years. And that would be adjusted still b/c in that debt payoff plan is the 2 lots we bought that are not rolled into our current mortgage, so we could even NOT pay them off first and sell them with the house, making it 2 1/2 - 3 years to be debt free (less mortgage).
Brad definitely doesn't want to build again, but I totally would again. His problem is that we've lived here for 5 years and haven't done any of the stuff we've wanted to do. I think if we were debt free with the exception of our mortgage, we could build and hire someone to do the stuff we want to do. That's what's held us back so far - no time or money to do anything.
So, now we have new motivation. We definitely want to move onto an acreage, maybe start up a hobby farm with chickens and cows. Grass-fed, of course. Gotta have goals!