We still own our first home that we ever purchased, much to our own surprise, and most likely, much to our own laziness in trying to sell it.
We rented it out for several years and then decided to try and sell it once more, to no avail. Then, the housing market came to a pretty good crash around here. Homes with granite counter tops and wood floors were selling for 75-85 k. Our house didn't have any of those.
We refinanced it last year, as we still owe a small amount on it, but the interest rate was killing us.
The payment went WAY down to an acceptable level and we have been working on getting it ready to rent out again.
After all these years, we are not selling. It is FINALLY at a point where we will begin to recoup the investment we put into it. I hope.
So today, we are headed to Join Mike and finishing up the last jobs to get it ready for inspection by the city. Our renter will move in at the end of the month, and I will no longer have to face the utility bill and house payment each month for a home we do not live in.
I still like this little old house. Mike and I married there, in the den. It was the first home we ever owned. It was a 1300 sq. ft. fixer upper when we bought it....in 1989. We remodeled it together, though it remains a 1300 sq. ft. fixer upper. LOL I still remember dad letting Chuck karate chop into the wall to start the remodel process. LOL
There was a sand box in the back yard and the boys used to line up G.I. Joes and play army.
A lot has changed since then. 4 boys tromped up and down those stairs and we all lived cozily there, until the boys were mostly grown. Now the boys are all married and on their own, and 4 girls tromp up and down the stairs having no memory of the house, but asking loads of questions about what went on there, who roomed with whom, where did we put the Christmas tree.... how did we cook in such a small kitchen, etc. etc.
And I am pleased that the carpets looks really nice.
And the big question! "How come WE don't have stairs at OUR house???" LOL.... That is a good question! I miss the stairs too!
Hmmm. maybe we could start a remodel over here?
"His Mercies Are New Every Morning"
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)