Tuesday, December 16, 2008

$24,000

So $24,000 is a good chunk of money, isn't it?  At our stage in life - it's  A LOT.  But why is it relevant?  We didn't win it, although it would be nice.... this money is an amount we have spent over the last 4 1/2 years we have been married, in one particular category.
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RENT.  Ugh.  $24,000 in rent.  That will no longer be the case at the end of this week!  We bought our first home!   We are moving out to Eagle Mountain which is about 15 minutes from where we are at now.  We bought a 3 bed, 2 bath townhome that is 1750 square feet.  I'm elated that it has a tiny back yard, we will finally have storage space, and a place to call home for more than a year or two.  It is a huge stepping stone for us, and a big investment, as it appraised for $15,000 more than what we got it for.  I guess not all bad things come from a rotten economy.  
We made an offer that last part of October and have had a nightmarish (is that a word?) time with our loan process.  We waited for interest rates to come down a little, and got locked in at a great rate.  But it's been a paper chase to the very end.  Marsh and I have been very stressed about the whole thing and I don't know how much I've complained to my family and couple friends about the whole process.  I don't think it's quite as simple to get a loan now as it was a few years ago.  I have been leery to post anything about it as I didn't want to tell everyone and then have something happen.  We started applying 5 weeks ago....yes 5 weeks - and finally heard from our mortgage man today that we have a close date.  So we will be closing on Thursday or Friday.  We will know for sure tomorrow.  So it looks like we will be moving right before Christmas.   And my Christmas tree will be the first thing to go up, right in the front window.  

23 comments:

Janaca said...

Congrats! I'm excited for you guys. Hopefully we can be neighbors somewhat if all works out. Let me know if you need help moving/packing/watching kids!

Lee and Melody said...

Yay! It sounds like it's been a headache, but it will be so nice to have your own place, with equity to boot! Congratulations!

Joel & Lila said...

Hooray! Can't wait to see pictures! My aunt and cousin live in million dollar homes in Eagle Mountain...maybe you will meet them sometime!

Tyson and Emily said...

That's awesome Tiffany! You'll love living in your new little townhouse, it sounds great!

Cassandra said...

That's awesome! Congratulations!! We spent last Thanksgiving there, it seemed like a nice quiet neighborhood.

Brooke and Jason said...

Congrats! That is a good feeling!!

Meggie said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you guys! That will be so nice! 2 of Sim's Aunts live there and they really like it.

Avry and Justin said...

Hip Hip HOOORAY!! Sounds like mom is coming down this weekend. I have all 4 kids but they can watch Chandler & Rowan in your basement with some toys or something while we help load and pack. Let us know we will definately come & help out! :) I love that my sister has the Christmas spirit & will still put up her tree a few days before Christmas! Good for you! Anyways call me & we will work out details with coming to help you guys. :) Once again CONGRATS!

Jason and Courtney said...

That is so great! Congrats! My bro and sister in law were looking there and I heard it is really nice. I am excited to see pics!

snow family said...

Hey Tiff! This is Rachael (Peterson). Just wanted to say "hi".. you've got such a cute little family! Congrats on the house! It can be stressful & exciting at the same time!

jess said...

Yeah for you. buying a home is a huge step. I am so excited for you.
Have a wonderful Christmas in your new home.

Snedaker Family said...

Yeah! I'm so glad you were able to get everything to workout. Hope you guys can get into your house before Christmas. It DEFINITELY is not as easy as it once was to get a loan, but I'm sure you guys are glad you stuck with it!
Congrats.

Natalie

Snedaker Family said...

I thought you were gonna say you've spent that much on diapers!

Sara Birch said...

Yeah, it finally went through! Let me know when you want to come get those boxes.

Jason said...

congratulations...
:) let me know if you want any help with the move... i'll come and decorate it for you with candy canes.

the milners said...

SO SO excited for you!

Camille said...

YEAH!! Congratulations! You are going to love it. I have one word for you- PAINT. Hooray!

Holly Mayer said...

so exciting!!

denny said...

We are so happy for you. What a great milestone

stephandty said...

WOW!! Congrats Tiff!! Having your own home is great. You can paint how you like and put as many holes in your walls for pictures as you like. The backyard will be great in the spring and summer with your boys!! Congrats again!!

Colleen said...

How exciting, Tiffany!!! Congrats 24,000 times over =)

monica said...

awesome, I swear that you were going to say that is how much 2 kids cost in 3 yrs! I would believe! Can't wait to see pics of your new place called home!!!

tiburon said...

Congratulations on the new house!