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I can tell you that at age 52, I am MUCH less interested in working than I was ten or twenty years ago. The freedom to be able to work less or quit altogether is a luxury I value. You should consider whether the work you find interesting now will be a burdensome and blight your life in the future.

Have you considered how much more this house will really cost you to buy, in additional taxes, furnishings and lost investment opportunities? If it's really worthwhile, then do it.

All good points SP. I'm pretty realistic about my job and what it can/can't give me, so I think I'm all set with that analysis.

As far as furnishings are concerned, if I buy *anything* it will be considered more than I spend now. Like I said, I have no couch. My dining room set was a garage sale find. And I have a computer table, chair, 2 bookcases, a bed and a nightstand. That is all the furniture I own. I hate living this way.

I'm now in the process of number crunching to see how much more this new home will really cost in terms of lost opportunities. But cutting the commute (or allowing my commute to double as my daily exercise) also buys time for me NOW. So I'm still weighing the trade-offs. It may end up being a net GAIN once all is said and done!

Still calculating....

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