Both homes that we have owned were Foreclosures. We got a really good deal on the first one. It was built in 2003, 3BR/2Bth just the right size for newlyweds and first time home owners. Get this....our mortgage payment was $365 and that included insurance and property tax!!!! BUT. It. Was. In. The. Boonies!!!! Chad and the woman who told us about the house convinced me it wasn't that far from our hometown and basically there wasn't a whole lot I could do about the situation. I didn't contribute a whole lot to the finances, so that was the house we could afford and besides it wouldn't be forever. And forever it wasn't. We lived there for ONE year! Actually not even a whole year. I put so many miles on my car it was ridiculous. Every time I looked at the miles it was another thousand more. Before I knew it I had 10 thousand miles on my car. FYI-to date I have over 68k miles on my almost 3 year old car. Which had 0 miles on it when I bought it in February of 2007!
Charlie was checking it out. He is so skiddish. So...there it is. Not too big. Just right for us. If you don't have a pool, then you have no clue about the up keep that is involved. I have grown up with a pool and dreaded the every other day vacumming and general maintenance. It wasn't near as bad living at home, because it wasn't all my responsibility. Having one of my own was a whole other story. There is a lot of time and not to mention money that is involved with having a pool. We weren't looking for a house with a pool. It's just the house we bought "happened" to have a pool. We swam a couple of times the summer we bought the house and a few times last summer. This summer....not one single time. We were just maintaining it for nothing. I was done with the pool. Tired of my
Brandon & Zac working. Sorry for the fuzziness.
We have a long way to go with making it look like a back yard and not a mud pit, but I already feel like a huge burden has been lifted. It was really crazy for us to have a pool. My parents have a pool and live less than 5 miles from us. So I will leave the headaches up to them. : ) They enjoy it a lot more than we do anyway.