#3 of Watermark
Thursday – April 22 we went to look at the Watermark – a brand new Independent Living building in Trinity near us that just opened in July.
We were greeted by Wendy and some of the staff and given a grand tour of the place. We were very impressed! Here are some of the reasons that influenced our decision that this might be our new home:
1. Brand new building – new apartments
2. The floor plan we liked was available on the top floor which would be our first choice.
3. An attractive move-in bonus
4. A long list of amenities
5. The dining room is like an upscale restaurant that you order from a menu with large selection of choices.
6. Most of all – a flexible eating plan
Most places like this includes 3 meals a day which you are paying for, whether you eat or not. Here you are given credits each month ($500 / person) that you can spend in the dinning room, cafe, hair salon, activities, etc
In analyzing how we could afford the rent – here is what I did:
I had just figured our housing expenses for the year for tax deductions for our business …. mortgage, insurance, taxes, utilities (water, electric) internet, HOA dues, lawn care, repairs, etc, etc ….and divided that total by 12 to come out with a monthly housing expense.
Subtracting the $500 credit per person for the food (which I am not spending at the store any more) – to my surprise, it almost matched the monthly rent of Watermark.
We ended up putting a $500 deposit down, with a move-in date of May 21.
Called our realtor – he listed our house Monday and it sold the next day! Wow!
Things were moving fast. I had one month to downsize and pack. Whew!
To be continued. 🙂