I’ve been ready to move out of the city for a while, but the timing has just never been quite right. I am very fortunate that I was able to buy an apartment early on, first in the city where I went to university and later in Oslo with the down payment from the first one. It has been a great comfort to me after I had to quit work and live on disability that I at least had my apartment (and bought it when the market was way down, it has nearly doubled in value in the four years I’ve lived here!) My partner is an entrepreneur, and although he has been doing great for some time he now takes out a full salary for the first time. His income and my capital together allows us to upscale to a small house outside the city, close to my family and closer to his As a disabled person with limited income, I am grateful that his ability to buy was as reliant upon my capital as mine is on his income. I’m also grateful that this came together way faster than I expected. I love my apartment, but being on the second floor limits my ability to get outside quite a bit. It’s also a modest size, which means I’m stuck in the same two rooms all day every day:/ now we’ll have a small garden and more space, which means I can divide up my day a bit more. An illusion of activity, but a good one The house needs a lot of work, but not necessarily right away. It’s my third property, which helped in negotiating a very decent price (way below asking) and leaving us room to hire people for the renovations. I’m no longer able to do the work myself, which sucks because I love it, but I’m pretty experienced with planning and negotiating contractors and materials to get a lot out of a small fund so long as I have plenty of time to do it, that is still something I can manage. The keys will be handed over on the 1st of September. We’re making preparations to sell the apartment now, and planning to put it on the market in late July/early August. Some small projects to be finished here as well, but we’re hiring my cousin to do some of it and my father in law will help us with the rest.