gather no moss.
And so the plans are already in motion, thanks in part, to a combination
of cell phones, web sites and discount airlines.
While planting flowers today I ran through all the iterations again
and decided that spouse and I should head on over to Phoenix to
see if there is really something that we would be willing to buy
in that over-heated market. We are under a time constraint, as a
property for swapping has to be identified within 45 days of closing
on my first deal.
I had already decided, courtsey of site 59 that I would head on
out to Albuquerque this Friday, returning on Monday.
59, for those of you who may not know, is a great site for last
minute air fare/car deals or air fare/car/hotel deals, generally
for 3 to 5 days max, always over a weekend. (click on image for
So if you have the time and the cash, and fancy a trip to just
about anywhere in the United States, they have flights for every
weekend, and you don't have to deal with the advance purchase thing
at all. During peak travel times, you are going to find fewer flights,
but my flight cost me maybe a hundred bucks more than it would with
a 2 week or month advance purchase, and I have a rental car thrown
in as well.
For discounts on the airline thing, nothing seems to beat Southwest.
My original thought this evening was to book a second flight out
to Phoenix two weeks from today, and fly the Mrs out from ABQ. It
turned out that there were still cheap flights for next weekend
on the web, so I tracked my wife down on the rim of the Grand Canyon
and we decided on a plan.
My son-in-law is a commercial realtor in Phoenix, and his grandfather
is a residential realtor. We'll fly out on Saturday morning to Phoenix,
get picked up and taken around to as many condo's and houses as
we can fit in and then be back at the airport in time to catch a
5:00 flight back to Albuquerque.
That gives us Sunday in ABQ to look around some more, or hike in
the mountains and think a bit.
I go home Monday afternoon and that's that.