A faded bush did appear, thick in foliage to any seer. It won't quite disappear, that foliage that I no longer fear.
If you think buying a home can be scary, try renting a house. We hear stories daily on the obstacles present when buying and then closing on a home. The fact is that once you own it, you freaking own it. You own its troubles, its grace, its everything... for the most part, it's your place. But if you are renting it ...
There's a little story I'd like to share. The participants are Lee & Shannon. They rented their house for five years. During that time, their Landlord seemed difficult, if not totally obnoxious. If something went wrong with the house, phone calls went ignored and any communication from said party seemed obsolete. However, when the rent was due, that Landlord was always available. And 'he would get back to them in a few days' concerning any problems with the house. Of course that 'few days' turned into the next month when rent was due. Yet again, the rent would be paid and the landlord skated around handling any problem with the living conditions.
Leaky facets, clogged drains, faulty electrical outlets, and a lack of hot water were only minor areas of inconvenience. Luckily, Lee knew how to deal with most of that type of stuff. But when the basement was flooded by a particularly feeble bout of rain and phone call after email after phone call to the Landlord went unanswered, the floodgates of change called their name. When they got a letter from the Mortgage Company to start making their payments directly to them, that calling started to scream.
Home-ownership had been a dirty word to Lee & Shannon for quite sometime. They had been content with renting. Truth be told, they had owned one over 5 years back and were put into an adjustable rate mortgage at the time. While a nice option for some people, it didn't turn out that way for them. It happened to be a treatment for buying over their heads. Lee & Shannon got out and thankfully suffered no severe credit ramifications from the experience. But they did suffer a very bad taste of what owning a home is all about.
With their rental situation in limbo, they opened all doors to make sure a roof was above their head.
From this front, they found a Mortgage Guy and I forget his name... though I remember the last name rhymed with 'Party'. ;) They compared the cost to rent vs. the cost to own in the price range of their particular area and financial ability to afford such. Not surprisingly, the numbers weren't so different. In fact, with lower home prices and interest rates to write your Aunt Susie about, it turned out that buying a home would be a cheaper expedition... at least in regards to monthly payment. Sure, leaky facets, clogged drains, faulty electrical outlets, and a lack of hot water could become an issue down the road, yet a Home Inspection intertwined with Lee's ability to deal with such things left a better taste of what owning a home could become.
They closed on their home on November 30th, 2009.
Oh the glory, the romance of that day. A fear arrived and was dead upon display. It didn't take a smile, nor new-born tear, yet for the rest of the story... you may want to click here.
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