Today we’re spending a lazy Sunday watching HGTV, which is probably fueling all these postings today. With rainy season approaching and the weather already become more unsettled, Mérida won’t be a very pleasant place to visit for another six months. We’re plotting our next move.
It occurs to us, Se Venda signs are everywhere, but so are signs saying Se Renta.
We often said we would never live somewhere without renting first. Easier said than done when you’re afraid of missing an opportunity.
Maybe we should slow down and rent for the time being. Mérida can be in our lives with or without home ownership. It certainly would be a more carefree experience, having a cleaned and completed house waiting for us. And if we decided some year to go to, say, the Greek Islands instead, there would be no reason not to.
Some rental houses are very appealing, and we get to test-drive the Mérida experience in a real house. Not just living in Mérida, but in Santiago or Santa Ana, wherever the rental is. We’ve been advised to expand our search to the more suburban Garcia Ginerés or Itzimná, but we want to see how adaptable we are to living in the Centro.
I am particular to this fairly new arrival to the rental scene. The house shows off architect Victor Cruz’s work, and staying there would help us gauge the livability of his designs. Renting a home isn’t cheap, but it would be something to do with friends in tow, and a good way of introducing them to a city that’s possibly part of our future lives.
For uninitiated visitors, guesthouses have advantages because the owners are right there, with help and advice. Once, we needed medicine and our host arranged a delivery from the YZA. If we were “home alone,” we would never have figured it out.
Renting lets us postpone a monumental decision. But should we wait? Will the dollar weaken? Will the Centro continue to appreciate in value? Or will things shift to our advantage? Ask around, the the answers can be self-serving.
We’ve upped our budget and thickened our skin. I’m not giving up yet on buying, but it is an option that we have to remind ourselves exists.