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And for the 4-5 times a year I have friends and family staying over, I'd like them to have a guest bedroom and bathroom. I'm getting a little old for air mattresses, you know?

Another name for a guest bedroom and bathroom is MOTEL.

Just sayin'
Vickifool
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Right you are, Vickifool. That's a huge part of why I haven't actually bought a house yet. But....I do think there's something to be said for being able to host loved ones in a comfortable environment (who would stay with me more often that 4-5 times a year if I actually had the space for them...and some of whom (esp my mom and cousins) who would consider being sent to a motel a huge insult and sign of lack of love...it's a cultural thing - as long as here's floor space and a blanket there's room for family!). I feel like it's a part of being a grownup. I was in school/training for so many years, living in dorms till I was 27 and then a studio/efficiency until I was 32. Moving up to a 1-bed was huge. But it does feel like a prolonged adolescence that I am still, at 34, not in a position to host a holiday dinner for family and friends (not enough plates! dinner table only seats 4!), or put people up comfortably when they come to town. I have always been on the receiving end of that kind of stuff, as an endless student - I'd like to try living on the giving end for a change!

Nonetheless, I'd be paying a huge premium over my current living costs in order to enjoy being on the giving end. Hence my being on the fence about buying a house.
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