To repat or not?

October 5, 2008 at 5:01 pm (Me, Moving to the US)

Oh, it was all going so well. I was sure I was ready to move back to the US. But my feelings have changed. All became clear in the last 24 hours. I’ve just come back from a *brilliant* weekend away with colleagues on the Dorset coast, and realised how enjoyable life can be here in the UK. Good people, good times, fab cute rambling cottages with wonky floors,  good weather 1 out of 3 days… what’s not to love? 😉

Maybe we’ll just postpone the move. Never say never, right? There’s a lot of factors that will make or break our move to the US.

  • Mortgage payment on our house will be changing (increasing, almost certainly) in November, and we don’t know yet what that will be. How much of a difference between mortgage and rent are we comfortable covering on a monthly basis
  • Work – neither of us have jobs in the US and both of us are freelancers. Hubbie’s contract is ending in January. That’s a pretty big leap of faith to walk away from our life here without any guaranteed income. Plus, see above
  • Health insurance…. one online quote suggested we’d be paying between $400-500 a month. That’s a lot. See above!
  • The economy and housing market is in the toilet, for the time being. Maybe it makes sense to hang tight here until we’re more sure of our financial situation.

I can see this news not being very popular with the folks back home….



  1. butterflyspointofview said,

    Hey, I am right there with you on this. Plans on hold. That is what we are saying… on hold until future notice.

  2. Laura Brown said,

    We’re in the same boat … or out of it, as the case may be. I know how difficult it is to make this decision.

  3. Hanna said,

    Hi Lisa – the folks at home may not be so pleased, but there are some over here who might be quite happy if you stayed a little longer!

    Have just ‘discovered’ your blog and really enjoyed reading it all.

  4. Strawberry said,

    Such a hard decision… You have my complete empathy. Take your time and think it through, and good for you for being open to changing your plans.

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