I recently wrote a post entitled Why Subscribing to my Blog will Help You Lose 5 Pounds. I made my point by mentioning a few silly things that would make you move with little or no warning. I think I wrote ten but I had a bunch more ideas...so without further adieu - here they are.
Things that make you move because of finances:
You lose your job at the widget factory.
Gas goes above $5.00 a gallon.
Gas is only at $1.64 a gallon, but you buy an F-450 and now need 5 times more gas.
The stock market drops 34% in 4 months...oops, that one's real.
Your Alt-A or Option ARM loan resets at 9% and your once $700/month house payment turns into $2100 per month.
You have a major gambling problem and today ‘wasn't your day.'
You have to pay for grandma to get a new hip.
Two words, "Identity Theft."
Three words, "Pay for Braces."
Bigger three words, "Pay for College."
Things that make you move because of family:
You get married
You have a kid
You have another kid
You get divorced
You're in-laws move in with you (can you say guest house?)
You're in-laws move out (you move after the party..)
You're son is involved in a shady transaction that causes a midnight move before the press arrives the next morning.
Things that make you move because of nature:
The earth 1.4 miles directly under your house is the epicenter of a major earthquake.
Global warming has caused your home to become ‘reef-front property.'
An asteroid has fallen into your backyard at 22,000 miles per hour and the structural integrity of your home is now in serious question.
The great Mississippi river has overflowed it's banks and your home is headed towards Louisiana.
Things that make you move that are just plain unlikely:
An exploratory team from Shell has discovered massive gas and oil reserves in your backyard.
A rare but highly lethal, valuable, and illegal substance has been discovered in the natural spring running through your front yard.
A high-end, exotic 'dance' club has just opened across the street....this would either make you move to this home or out of it depending on your likes and dislikes.
Giant mutant cockroaches have set up camp in your basement.
A glowing sphere 300 meters in diameter lands in your city's local park and the army cordons off the area and evacuates your neighborhood/state. (Sound familiar?)
That's all for now...I'll try to do one or so fun list like this a month just to keep the rather heavy and dry topic of real estate light and fluffy...like froth on a cappuccino.
If you have a funny or crazy story about a sudden or unexpected move...please share with the group so we can all benefit from your experience.