Yeah, about that move to New Hampshire to join other Free State Project members – it didn’t work out. I conducted a search from afar using Craigslist, several realtors, the MLS, word of mouth and other websites. I didn’t find much that might work for us.
- for rent, no way I am sinking money into such a state-controlled asset as a house, or taking out a mortgage
- accepts a big dog (golden retriever)
- a house
- within 30 mins of Keene, Manchester, Nashua or Concord
- three or more bedrooms
- have a nice kitchen
I went up to New Hampshire for three days after my extensive search turned up the same houses over and over again via different sources. I saw a few, but none worked for us.
Second Choice: Philadelphia
Meanwhile, my wife was back in Philadelphia staying with family and managing our toddler and big dog (we relocated from outside the country). It would have been unfair of me to leave her in charge of the kids and in somebody else’s house for an extended period of time. So we fell back to Philadelphia. We found a place in Montgomery County, PA and are finally settling in.
May Try Again
I may try to move to New Hampshire again in 12 or 24 months but this experience has caused my passion for the Free State Project to flag a little, for the following reasons.
- Several of the realtors I spoke with questioned me very closely about why I was moving to New Hampshire. I think they were fishing to see if I was associated with the Free State Project. Are FSPers really that unwanted?
- If it was so hard for me to find a place, how are 20,000 going to fit?
- I got less of a helping hand than I was led to believe was standard operating procedure for FSPers.
- It was suggested that my failure to move was due to my lack of commitment.
Of course I still wish the Free State Project the best of luck. I’m not closing the door to participating, just regrouping and evaluating my options.