The Overzealous Announcement of an Inexperienced Relocator

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4 min readNov 18, 2021
The beautiful Chicago home we almost bought.

I am not an experienced relocator. I bought my first house in 2002, in Las Vegas, NV, and even though I’ve traveled the whole wide world, I’ve been in the same home ever since. I busted my buns to keep it post-divorce in 2009. Ken moved in with me, Sophia, and Zia in 2016. We paid the darn thing off in 2018. It’s been a great home, but I am aching for a change.

Ken and I have been surfing Zillow and Redfin for a couple of years, mindfully watching for our perfect next home. We searched Las Vegas and the surrounding areas until Ken asked if I would ever consider moving to Chicago. I met Ken in Chicago through work. I used to partner in an animation shop with Las Vegas and Chicago locations. I love Chicago, and while the winters there are daunting for a girl acclimated to 115º summers, the idea of moving, and the weather, is exciting! Also exciting, Ken’s sister lives there. She and Josh are just about to have the first baby in Ken’s family. Chicago is a lot closer to Ken and Angela’s New Hampshire-based parents, too. It’s a beautiful time to be closer to his family. My parents passed on forever ago, my sister moved to New Mexico two years ago, and my kids are old enough now that the timing for a move feels great.

Once this Chicago decision was a Go, we quickly found something we loved. We’d made an offer on a house that…

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