The question of housing and living is always intressting. We did learn a lot from our move to Alabama. This above used to be our house. Now when we were in Alabama we stayed with our dear friends and ex neighbors so we were staying right next to our house. It does not feel like our house any more. We also know the couple that moved in and we feel very happy about selling to them beacuse they are wonderful and fit in the neighborhood in a perfect way.
Some views from our former street in "The Vista". Each home teaches you something about things that you value and things that are good and important to you. When we moved to Alabama we bought this home after living in the US for less than one month. Yes that was kind of crazy. But we came from the Stockolm housing market where renting is not an option so our mind was always set on buying. Also when we realized that we could afford a big and beautiful home like this one we sure did get carried away. We never dreamd of being able to live in a big house like this in Sweden. Our house in Alabama cost less than the condo we had in Solna (3 rooms and 90 square meters). We never realized that a home can actually become "too large". Different homes are different and each home does make you realize new things that you fall in love with as well as things you really don't like. We are currently living in our 9:th home so we have reached a number of valuble experiences already. Our future home in Switzerland will become our 10:th home since 1999.
Even if it was crazy to buy our home in Alabama and buying it so quickly still it is something that I don't look back on with regrett. It is still an amazing experience to have lived in a big wonderful house like this one at least once in my life time. Also if we had never bought the house and moved in here we never would have met Kim and Mike most likely.
However, we did learn a lot of valuble things. When the housing market crashed in the US in the beginning of 2008 (that was about the time when we did put out our house for sale as we wanted to move back to Sweden) it took us 18 months before we got it sold. 18 months of showings several times per week. Endless amounts of time keeping both the inside of the house as well as the yard as neat and tidy as possible (the only thing we felt we could possible to in order to increase our chances of getting it sold).
We have learned it is better not to rush into things and specially important or big commitments such as buying property. Fortunately there is a rental market that has quite a lot to offer in Basel. We have decided to rent something there. Big enough for us and for having guests. Yes, we are hoping we will get a lot of visitors. We will also keep the condo in Stockholm that we just bought and rent it to someone. It feels right to keep a base here for some time anyway.We also have not decided on exactly how much of the furniture and things to bring with us yet.