The population of Baton Rouge doubled overnight after Katrina. Lots of professionals with money have decided to stay. Because of that, the real estate market went crazy, but it is widely expected to be short lived. So I'm having a beer with a good friend who owns a real estate agency and who knows that my wife and I like our neighborhood, but hate our house. we have been looking at houses for a while, but like many have other bills (student loan, cars, credit cards, etc.)It is just too small for us with 3 kids and two labs. plus it has no shop and my wife hates the huge mess in the carport where I keep all of my tools and truck stuff. When we moved to BR we were paying for two houses in Alex. (ours plus a rent house) and bought what we could afford, but not what we really wanted. We also lived on credit cards for a few months because of all of the mortgage payments. He threw out a number that he thought we could get for the house. It was high enough to pay off everything - house, cars, loan, credit cards, etc. and leave us basically debt free. I mention this to my wife and in-laws. My in-laws have a two story house with of room for all of us. They already have bedrooms for the kids, l;ove the dogs and suggest that we sell the house and move in with them for a while until we can find the perfect house. So I listed the house. we got a full price offer in 19 hours. I never really expected it that fast. i spent the weekend moving stuff and we close on Oct. 6. Looks like all is on track and we will be living with my in-laws for a few months, putting my entire salary in the bank and living on my wifes salary. We are covering 1/2 of my inlaws bills which is nothing. We will be completely debt free and will have a nice (20% or more hopefully) down payment for the next place and the market is already cooling so all is going according to plan, but I am really beginning to question my sanity.