A Home of Our Own

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When looking for a place to live, Craigslist can be a great starting point. However, be aware. You will be dealing with real people, not a business.
When looking for a place to live, Craigslist can be a great starting point. However, be aware. You will be dealing with real people, not a business.

The listing had been on Craigslist for almost a week and half. We had been closely monitoring it because it seemed perfect. Enough room for the family in a decent neighborhood with a price we could easily afford. We had been calling the owner nonstop, trying to set up a time to see the house, but our schedules had never meshed. He was too busy and kept telling us to call him tomorrow. We had an idea of what it looked like from the pictures, but we still wanted to do a walk through.

The address was already memorized and we had the budget already planned for moving day, which we thought would be just around the corner. We had looked at furniture to replace the previous ones that were currently missing and had found out were the kids would be going to school. But we still had to do the first step and see the house. As soon as that happened, we would hopefully be filling out an application and pleading with this guy to be our next landlord.

But then we received the dreaded news. After calling nonstop for a week and a half, the guy finally told us the house was off the market. He had an applicant he was checking into. Yet, he had never even given us a chance to even see the house. We were devastated.

Family of five equals a need for a bigger house.
Family of five equals a need for a bigger house. | Source

Background

My family had just moved to California last year. It was a personal decision that caused a catastrophe of events that were neither good or bad. They just were. We were in the process of giving our house back to the bank because we had gotten ourselves into a bad deal. The previous owners had rigged the place to look good for sale, but the repairs made didn’t last long. Before we knew it, we were responsible for almost $80,000 worth of repairs and lacked the ability to do it. With the crash of the housing market, the house wasn’t worth fixing; we would never get our money back.

So, like many other people out there, we started the process of foreclosure. It was a joint decision. We figured in the economic crisis around the United States, we would not be looked down upon as harshly if we did it now compared to later when the economy eventually turns around. The difference was, other people who foreclosed on their housed did it because they could no longer afford their living arrangements. We both had jobs and could still afford the house payment, we just couldn’t afford the inefficiency of the house (or the problems the house was having that needed to be fixed!) We always joked that we had bough ten the “Money Pit” from Tom Hanks.

Yet, as we headed out for a fresh start in California, we found a lot of forks in the road. This made us question whether we had made the appropriate decision. Every plan we had made was falling apart before our very eyes. Going back to school didn’t work; neither did finding a job right away. So we sat and waited. Meanwhile, our house sat empty as it was going through foreclosure and we were living with family.

But, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. The time was coming. My husband had a job and things were clearing up. We were finally able to move out and find a place of our own. But finding a place would prove to be a difficult task. With credit out the window, and a budget on the lower end, we were looking for the impossible. We needed someone to understand our situation and someone that would have a house big enough to fit our family, but still fit our budget. Two things thatwould be pretty difficult to find.

The Search Continues

My husband and I were lucky. We had the whole day without kids (other than picking them up early so he could get to work in time!) It was our anniversary, and we were spending the day looking at houses and going to stores to price objects needed for a new house. Once we were told the house we were hoping for was gone, our mood and our schedule shifted. It was no longer necessary to price out those things we needed if we moved. There seemed to no longer be a chance we would be moving soon. So we were about to head to a movie.

That posed another problem. We couldn’t agree on a movie. He wanted blood, guts and gore; I wanted funny and romantic. The problem was, an anniversary type movie was not available right away and the later one would cause us to run late, therefore making my husband late for work. So, we decided no movie. Instead, we drove around the neighborhood to see if there were any other houses for rent we might be interested in.

We went back toward the school. The idea was to find a house close to the school. With only one vehicle currently, I still wanted to have the ability to get to and from the school if needed. We drove aimlessly around. There were several houses for sale, but finding a house for rent was like finding a diamond in the rough. The ones we did find were either out of price range or had already been rented out, even though the sign was still out front.

With our heads held down in defeat, we were about to give up. That was when my husband saw it. A small For Rent sign. It was hardly noticeable. I was through calling numbers and said maybe it was better if we didn’t find anything at all. We would have more time to save and once the first came around, plenty of houses would probably be available again. But he called anyway. He was curious.

Within a half an hour, we were looking at the house. As we walked through the front door, my mouth dropped. It had a huge formal living room that looked up toward the loft on the second floor. As you walked to the back, the kitchen was a cook’s dream come true. Plenty of cabinet space and it even included all the appliances. That was a huge relief since we no longer had a refrigerator, stove or microwave. The house was big enough and it was in our price range. There was four bedrooms, one of which was a huge master bedroom with an attached bathroom. Each kid would have their own room. The catch would be if these people would rent to us.

As we left, my husband called the landlords. With no answer, we were back to playing the waiting game.

5 o'clock somewher

It was almost time for us to pick up the kids and head back home. My husband had to get ready for work yet and our day together was just about over. As we were heading back, we got a phone call. It was about the house, so we detoured to meet our potential future landlords instead.

We met them and talked about the house and various other things as well. We found out how long they had lived in the area, what some of their hobbies are, and told them a little bit about us as well. We seemed to click right away. We were upfront with them and told them our background. We didn’t want them to be surprised and not rent to us. As we left, they gave us a hug goodbye and let us know they would tell us their decision by Monday. We were excited and nervous. And of course, back to the waiting game.

Ready to ride...

Rollercoaster rides without the kid. We were excited, but not as excited as we were when we heard the news!
Rollercoaster rides without the kid. We were excited, but not as excited as we were when we heard the news! | Source

The Next Day

My husband and I decided we were going to celebrate our anniversary the day after, so we headed to Knott’s Berry Farm to ride the big rollercoasters - sans kids. We weren’t really expecting any calls, but that didn’t stop them from coming in. That was when we would get the call that would change everything.

The landlady has a hobby. She likes to go to estate sales. Since we informed them we would have to almost completely furnish the house, she called to let us know they had seen a washer and dryer for sale at a local estate sale. She wanted to know if we needed one. My husband told her no. That was the one piece of furniture we actually had. Of course, it wouldn’t give us a place to sit, but at least we would have clean clothes.

“So, I was wondering if your family needed a washer and dryer,” she said. “If you didn’t already have one, we were thinking of buying them for you for the house. And by the way, we decided you can have the house!”

We were estatic! After living with family for the last 9 months, it was time for us to be on our own. We needed our own space and we needed to get into our own routine. We also wanted our own stuff that had been in storage since we moved to California. We were grateful and happy.

We will be moving Oct. 1st. Now all we have to do is wait it out and before we know it, we will have a place of our own.

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marellen 5 years ago

That is wonderful news. Congrats.....See you were right. A door always opens and I'm glad it did for you. Your family is going to love it. ?


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Yea!!! That's perfect. You know this bad economy is the best thing that ever happened to us. I mean, the money thing sucks, I guess. I used to be a pretty comfortable guy, but I was invested in the housing market, and now I'm not very comfortable. If it hadn't been for things getting bad, I'd still be making money instead of finding out who I was as an American, and deciding to do something honestly worth while with my life, like saving a country. I think this will help all of us to re establish our values and come away stronger. Good days ahead for you and your young family kiddo!

jim


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Marellen - we sure lucked out on this one. The funny thing is, our friend's mother has a very similiar house. We went over there for super when we first moved to California and I told my husband I wanted her house... now... we actually have her house... just a little ways down the street. We have one less room, but the design is almost the exact same.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim - thanks for your support. I will definately say the bad economy did lift a burden off our shoulders. The house was a disaster. We tried to fix it and well, the things we did were fine, but the foundation and drain tiles started going. That is expensive stuff. Just wasn't worth it. Then you add the black mold - I am happy we got out of that deal. The only bad thing about this whole deal is the waiting game. I really wish we could move now! But, when we do move, I will be without internet for awhile. Not sure how long it will take to get hooked back up with the World Wide Web. On the other hand, I will have uninteruppted writing time then... LOL So, if somewhere around Oct. 15 you see me publishing like a million hubs - you will know why!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Great news! Good for you.

(And a great Hub too!)


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I just saw the family picture! Absolutely beautiful!

jim


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

So happy for you...Wonderful hub..I do believe closed doors always lead us to where we are suppose to be..Bless your sweet family..I love the family picture..just precious

Sunnie


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Girl, I feel ya! I'm so happy for you guys! Know that every new beginning is just a chance to make everything right. You and your family will be so happy! If it takes six years to furnish the house, it will be worth every minute. :D CONGRATULATIONS!


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

I'm thrilled you finally found the "perfect" house, albeit a rental, but since it's a rental I'm wondering why the 6-weeks wait before you can move in. ????


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Congratulations, how exciting for you.

Everything is meant to be, and as one door closes another opens, best wishes to you and your family and I just love your family photo:-)


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

WhooHoo. I am just so happy for your family. Which is beautiful by the way. Congratulations a thousand times over.


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

It's really unfortunate that you came across one of those scam artists. They are actually doing this all across America. They look for houses that have been foreclosed on. There is a list of them somewhere and they get their hands on them. They buy a place with a lot of potential and invest their own money to do "white wash" repairs. Repairs that make it look better than what it actually is. They then sell the place for a sizeable profit. The thing is they have a group that claims this is a legitimate business, and they have a business lisence.

maybe you should write to your congressman, governor about this. Considering the economic situation, they just might do something.

Good luck finding a home BBG.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Barbergirl, I really believe things happen for a reason, it sounds as though everything is coming together for you - Congratulations! I love the family photo :-)

Cloverleaf


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@WillStarr - Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed reading it! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thanks Jim! Those are the most recent family photos of us. They did a really good job. Got them at Olan Mills. The hardest part was deciding what pictures not to get! LOL - that is a sign of a good photographer! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sunnie - Thanks so much - we are super excited about moving. It will be nice to have our own space. And you are very right. The one door closed on us, but it definately opened another and even better door! :)


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

Home is where you lay your hat, At least that's what I've heard. Congrats on finding your new home, you must be very excited. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Mo - Thanks for your encouraging words! Luckily for us, they were willing to let us move Oct. 1st. That means we will be able to pretty much furnish it with basic items. You know - like beds and furniture for the living room at least. It is a pretty big house so we will have plenty of room for adding stuff as well... even if it does take 6 years! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@JamaGenee - Thank you for the comment. The reason we choose 6 weeks for them day is for a couple of reasons. The first being that the school system there will be in session Aug. 22. The school system her starts Aug. 29. If we move by the 1st of September we are either pulling the kids out of school after only attending for a week or we are purposely having them miss 2 weeks of school while we move. I really don't like the idea of transfering them so soon, but at least they get into the school habit and they won't miss nearly as much. The other reason is because we don't have any furniture. We left it all behind because we didnt' have the room. The extra time gives us extra money to be able to furnish the place with some of the necessities. If they required us to move Sept. 1st we could have done it; it is just more comfortable this way financially. :) But believe me, I can't wait and am having a difficult time controlling my excitement. 42 days is a long time to count down! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Movie Master - Thank you so much for your encouraging thoughts. It truly goes to show that when you get one door slammed in your face it is probably because something much better is waiting down the street! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Hyphenbird - Thank you so much. We are pretty excited. The countdown has begun and I know you shouldnt wish time away, but I really wish it was already Oct. 1st! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - The wierd thing is, these people never would have come across my mind as scam artists. I think it was more that the guy was a handyman and when we had the inspector come through, there stuff was blocking alot so he had a hard time telling how good everything was. Although, that really wasn't the issue with the first house. The issue was the stuff they fixed. Crappy job. Just goes to show, not everybody can do everything! But, we did find a pretty nice house and can say it is 100 times better than what we were living in before. I am happy to be relieved of the other burden - and it definately makes me alot more suspicious. I might never even buy another house again.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cloverleaf - You are right about that. Everythign really is starting to turn out for us. It was bound to happen eventually! :) Thanks for the encouraging words.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Carcro - That is definately what they say. I will be happy to be laying my hat in this house. We are all very excited to be moving! Can't wait until then! :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing my story with me.


PenMePretty 5 years ago

A beautiful story. Beautiful photos!!! Happiness to you, always.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm so excited for you and your gorgeous family! I'll be counting down the days with you - and my my, you have lots of lists to make now don't you? Lol. I mean this really seems like a dream come true! I've never hand a land lord that was that nice - just proves what awesome people you and Eli must be in person:)! Congrats!!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PenMePretty - Thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate it!

@Real - It was a pretty cool scenario. I don't know if we are that awesome or if we wear a good mask when we want to make a good impression. It doesn't help either that we are military and people like that! ha ha Although I must admit, most of our landlords have been pretty awesome. I guess we just get lucky! I can't wait... we have about 42 days left to go. It really can't come fast enough! I am so excited. By the way, did I mention it has a pool! Not an inground one, but the previous tenants didn't want to take their HUGE Easy Setup Pool down and put it into storage so they asked if we wanted it. Ummmm - hell yeah!!!


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Wow... BBG! This was not luck ... this was the Universe looking after you. You missed out on renting the first house because the Universe had something much better in mind for you. Amazing how that happens.

We are in nearly the same boat as you ... waiting to move into yet another quaint cottage that we have bought. We sold our present cottage three times in three months! But because our UK housing market is as bad, if not worse than yours, each sale fell through.

We have got used to a lousy housing market in the UK and our new cottage was only cheap to buy ( we sold ours for the same price) as it is tiny but there are only 2 of us and we can improvise when the kids (grown-ups now) come to stay. But, believe me I understand your excitement for the move ... we are practically chewing the carpet with frustration!

Good luck with the move ... I wish you well in your new house!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Yes, you did get lucky, barbergirl, and I am delighted for you and your beuatiful family. You deserve a nice home of your own and it appears that you have found one. How fortunate your husband has admirable eyesight to have spotted that small "For Rent" sign.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Angie - Thank you so much for your kind comment. It sure was something working our way. WE actually went and signed the lease tonight. The landlords are absolutley awesome and said if we just want to start bringing stuff over and throwing it in the garage we are more than welcome to.

I wish you the best of luck with your cottage as well. I can see how it could be frustrating if you are waiting for the sale to go through and trying to coordinate it with buying something else. I hope the universe has its eyes on you next! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@drbj - we are pretty fortunate that he caught that for rent sign. We couldn't have scored any better. Funny, because he insisted on calling and I was done for the day. Funny - if we would have listened to me... we wouldn't be moving anytime soon! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Sweet! A pool even - yup sounds like you got the hook-up! I say no family deserves it more:) how many days now? And are the kids asking you that every day? I'm excited for you - I really can't imagine what Bella says about all this?!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - the first thing I am going to do is go jump in that pool... On day 1... even if I can't find my swimsuit! LOL ;) We have 40 days left to go. We just signed the actual lease last night. In Septmeber we are going to do a walk through and they said once they get the place clean we can start putting a few boxes in the garage when ever we are in the area. Sounds good to me. Maybe we can get everything out of our storage unit by Sept. 19th and then we don't have to pay for the full month! Yippee. As for what the kids say... Abby is the one that daily says she can't wait to have her own space. Bella doesn't say much about it. But she does think it is a pretty house! LOL When we start getting stuff over there... that is when she will start getting excited!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

It would be huge to be able to move stuff in slowly. Tell the girls I always loved moving to new neighborhoods - the excitement of meeting new friends and a new school! Being the new girl - everyone wants tone your friend in my experience. I would ask my mom - what if the new kids don't like me? And she always said, "just smile and be yourself and everyone will like you.". It really was as easy as that!

I just can't wait to hear about their take on the new neighborhood:). I think Abby and Bella will be

really happy in their new digs! Max - probably won't notice much huh?


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Yeah - they are both pretty excited. Especially since there are no kids there age on the street here, but in that neighborhood there are lots of kids. So, I am pretty sure they will meet a lot of new kids and make lots of new friends.

As for moving, I am glad we can take a few loads at a time... just to get the stuff out. If we can get everything out of the storage unit by Sept. 19th we don't have to pay for the whole month. I am not sure if that is going to happen or not, but I will keep my fingers crossed! LOL


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MyFavoriteBedding 5 years ago from United States

What an all too common tragedy that seems to be happening more and more (the part about the house needing more repairs than it is even worth). I am glad it all worked out for you in the end. Even though you had to struggle to even find a house to rent, it all worked out in the end- and it is clear from reading your hub, that you are truly grateful with the outcome. Good luck to you and your family!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@MyFavoriteBedding - thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. It was unfortunate what happened, but it worked out in the end. It always does. We are pretty excited and can't wait to get moved!


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Yahooo Barbergirl28! Congrats to you esp after reading your comment on my hub; MIL. I wish you freedom and joy!

You have got the wings now...fly high my dear :))


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Ruchira - thank you. We are super excited. It will be nice to finally have our own space and get the kids some roots for awhile! :)


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Jo Frank 5 years ago

Just came across your hub...haven't been on Hub-Pages for sometime as I'm in a life transition also....your hub is so inspiring and full of hope for all who have lost something in this down economy.....and beleive me I'm one of them....dreams do come true even in a bad economy and not always do they come in the form of material things...so happy for you and your family on your new digs....keep writing your wonderful hubs...thanks


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Jo Frank - glad that this hub proves to be inspirational. I know there have been a lot of hardships with the economy this past year. I guess in away, I have been victimized as well. When I was cutting hair, I would have several clients that would come in and tell me how hard it was. They were cutting back because of lost jobs and telling me stories of lost houses. It is always sad to hear of another persons struggle. But together, we know there is hope and we are stronger for it! I hope things start to pull together for you soon.


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Finding a home has never been a problem for me because my parents have give me a home. But yours is very interesting story. I enjoyed your honest approach.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Binaya - Thank you so much for the comment. I like to keep things honest in my writing. That is a great way for me to release what I am feeling. It not only comes off in a better light, but it is very freeing as well. Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed my story!


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest

The house thing can be a nightmare whether its buying or renting. I've never bought but my husband and I are about to- he wants to a lot more than I do. We are caught in a trap of paying so much for rent (they just raised it again) that buynig a house is cheaper. THe market is great right now for buyers and it's amazing what we can get for our money. But renting also makes sense.

I am glad you found a perfect house to fit your family and sounds like your landlords will be great. Best of luck on the transition and I bet you are excited to move in Oct.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@izettl - there are so many people that have had great luck with buying houses. Ours was unfortunate and probably something that doesn't happen very often. Just make sure you look in all the nooks and crannies very carefully and that you have a good inspector when you do decide to buy a house. And if looks to "clean" (like a basement or attic or something) then check even closer. That is what got us. The basement of the house was really nice and freshly painted. That is how they covered up which ultimately led to the house falling apart from the foundation.

Renting can be a pain because you are literally handing your money away. On the other hand, if the hot water heater or air conditioner dies - that isn't your problem! They both have their benefits. Right now the major benefit is just having our own place. We have been staying with family and while I am very appreciative, it is time to have our own space! :)

Good luck to you and your husband as well!


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ghomefitness 5 years ago from Chicago,IL

Congrats! It is good to read happy ending stories when it comes to housing. Too many people are still in the first faze of your housing story. Good luck!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ghomefitness - Thank you so much. I am glad that it is a happy ending finally. I have to say though, one of the things I am looking forward to the most is having space to start working out again. I can't wait to break out my total gym and my P90X. So, if I suddenly stop writing just know that my arms fell off! :)


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Enjoy your home!!! - I sold real estate for 9 years and new homes for 3 before that -- plus am a carpenter by trade... I've had homes and made profit on them... then through life bumps now renting.... bottom line is be happy in your own skin... and enjoy your home after that!

Thanks for a good hub


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Neil - thanks for the words of encouragement. We are super excited and have been counting down the days. It will be nice to have a place of our own.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Pride of ownership - the joy of coming home to a place you choose colors, furniture, pictures and noise...lol crank up the stereo when vacuuming - yay - and don't forget the yard.... add a fish pond, gardens to your desire both for food and beauty... home ownership is GREAT.

Dance naked!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Neil - I totally hear what you are saying. When we first started looking at homes I told my husband I wanted one with a pool... for the pure reason that it was my house and then I could go skinny dipping. Nothing is more refreshing. Of course I would do it at night with the lights off so we don't get caught by neighbors but it is still my perogative! :)


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Yay BBG,

Really happy for you and your family. I hope you are able to "rent to buy" - that would be awesome too. Good luck! October 1 is coming fast!

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - It isn't coming nearly fast enough. I am now just going to say 1 month instead of 30 days. It seems more feasible... lol! We are super excited. We do the walk through on Labor Day and I really want to see it again. Now, we just need to get the thing furnished!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I obviously already knew you had gotten a place to live, but I loved reading about the way you guys found it and everything. Once again Congrats on finally getting a place!! I wish you the best of luck!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - Thank you thank you thank you... now the next time you guys come out to visit you will have a place to stay and we can swim in the backyard and we can do a bbq. Talk about cheap vacation then... lol


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

lol... ya. Speaking of a cheap vacation... Darrel and I just spent more money to feed ourselves and get this place looking nice than we did going to california!! How crazy is that? lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - that is crazy. But it was a pretty cheap vacation for you guys. It helps when you have coupons and a place to stay! LOL


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Yes indeed that does help... still not fun spending that much money :-( But we did get like a months worth of groceries in there. lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - you are such a cheapskate... lol... you are the only person I know that dispises spending a penny! LOL Just remember, sometimes spending money is what creates the best memories. So, with that being said, you wanna buy our groceries for when we move. We don't have anything! LOL


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Stacy,

I see that I am a bit late in reading this and you have undoubtedly been settled now for a long time. Happy for you. Yours is one of the many stories being told about foreclosures and the upside down economy in this day and age.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Peggy W - We are definitely more settled now. Sadly though, while this was the extreme situation that us, like so many others went to, I don't think this is the end of us moving back and forth. With family in two different areas, it definitely makes it difficult!

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