I hope everyone is reading and enjoying the blogs and the Facebook pages and posts! We love to hear from you guys and gals! Today, I want to talk about something that most people experience at least once in their life, and that is the decision to buy a house. My husband and I have actually been very fortunate in the housing department. Our first house belonged to my parents and was a true fixer upper. We could stay there as long as we kept the taxes paid and tried to work on it. Most of my knowledge on carpentry came from that house. Then my husband’s mother left him her home in 2006, which is where we currently live. Lucky, right?
Well maybe not entirely. Both houses have needed extensive repairs, and in both situations we had to move what we could out of the house little by little to move our stuff in. As much as we appreciated the houses and we even loved them, they were never our home. We did not pay for them, even though we put a lot of money and time into them. They always felt like someone else’s house.
We have made the decision to buy our own house. We will be first-time home buyers, and should be paying the mortgage off just in time to retire. I can definitely get behind that idea. The house that we live in now is a 1983 model double-wide that was not put together correctly so there is no way to fix the roof apparently, and those things just weren’t made to last forever. I won’t go over the laundry list of what is wrong, but I have gotten a second and third opinion that we would be better off buying a new house. I like mobile homes, and that is what my plan was as far as a new house. But I have since fallen in love with a place that I want to call home. That has turned my mind off of mobile homes. This is our first public announcement that we are on the road to becoming first-time home buyers. We welcome any advice at all from everyone, and I think it will be a really cool thing to walk with everyone step by step through the process from now until the house warming. So far, there is nothing to show as far as having the house decided on, but that can change quickly.