My brother-in-law bought a house in Texas. He invited us down to visit. It was 35 degrees Fahrenheit when we got on the plane to go visit him in San Antonio. When we arrived, it was 64 degrees and the next day it was 75. The day after that it was 78. This was in November. I wanted to stay until it got warm again back home. I found out that my wife liked the warm weather too. We started looking for apartments in Alamo Heights area when we talked about it some more. On our two week visit to see her brother, we decided to move. We leased a place before we even got out of our apartment back home.
My brother-in-law likes having a house. My wife and I enjoy apartments. We enjoy not having grass to cut or things to maintain. My brother-in-law spends a lot of his weekend time cutting grass, painting and doing a lot of other things around the house. We have a lot more free time living in an apartment. He says his house is more of an investment instead of throwing away money on rent. Well, we did not have to spend 10 grand on a new roof or 14 grand on a new sewer system like he did. Yes, property goes up in value, but your expenses to own a home can be quite large. That is beyond the mortgage itself.
We picked one of the nicer apartments in Alamo Heights area had available. They let you have your pets, and they have a nice dog park to exercise them in. We actually got a small dog now. We treat the little guy like he is our child. We get a whole lot of joy out of him. Our old place did not allow pets. We have liked the changes that have happened, and we both are seriously enjoying the warm winters.