Two years ago, my husband and I moved back to my hometown after being gone for seven years. At the time we didn't know if wanted to rent or buy and my parents had a rental home that was vacant. (It's also the home I grew up in.) We decided to give it a try because it's a beautiful home with a pool and huge yard for the kids. We are paying a very fair rent for the market. Here's the thing, after two years we're ready to find a home to call our own but very much want to downsize and simplify. We have two children, one who has special needs, and I feel like I'm drowning keeping up with a house this big. And the electric bill puts a huge financial strain on us with our daughter's medical bills. My parents offered to sell us this home but there's no way we'd afford the mortgage or afford the upkeep on a 5,000 sq. foot home. We found a home that's much smaller but affordable and a block away from a community pool and park. We gave my parents 30 days notice and explained to them our reasoning in a gracious and polite manner. To say it lightly, they're furious. They want us to stay where we are and not move. They're even offered to pay the electric to entice us to stay. I think they have an emotional attachment to the home. They also think the other home is too small. While free utilities it's tempting considering our budget, but my husband absolutely wants to move. The new house would be "ours" and he takes pride in that. I'm not looking forward to the stress of moving and selling a bunch of stuff because we won't have room for it. And of course we'd be moving around Christmas. I feel like I'm choosing between my parents and my husband. I admit renting from my parents is awkward at times but I also feel like I should be grateful even though this home is unrealistic for our future. I'd appreciate your thoughts! Thank you!