My house has been for sale for the last 2 years. No one has cared. In the last 3 years, we have been through hell and then some.
My husband was left a house in the North Carolina mountains, it is on an acre of land and overlooks a beautiful view of a Smoky Mountain valley.
I dropped the price of the house we currently live in 75K today, and will drop it more. Our goal is to be there by Christmas. We are offering a 5k bonus if an agent brings us a contract that closes before November 30th.
My husband lost his job and has been unable to find work. I lost my job and found another one, but the pay sucks, it would improve if I stayed, but I’m 2 months away from being able to afford groceries. Yes, we both lost our jobs in a span of 3 weeks. Both were directly tied to the economic slow down/crisis/whatever. My job depended on discretionary income, his depended on available financing. The first time I asked for government help, food stamps, we’ve been denied.
We’ve survived drug addition, infidelity, threats of foreclosure, a premature child, going from making 90k a year to hoping to make 24. I actually felt the need to tell my husband that what we are going through now is not a deal breaker. In addition to our other fears, I didn’t want him to fear that him losing his job, might make him lose his family.
We are done. There is no possible way we can walk away from this house not ahead, we have tons of equity. If I sell it for less than I bought it for 9 years ago, I’ll still be ahead.
I’ll become a mountain momma, and may have time to make bread again. I’ll probably get access to fresh milk so I can learn to make cheese. I can get the goat I’ve wanted and it already has a burn pit.
There are bears however.
But honey too.
And an escape from our ghosts and a fresh start.
Wish me luck.
Oh, and if anyone has any idea how to live in a place where the trees change color and drop their leaves and the roads ice up and snow falls and bears come to visit and you can get snowed in and the power can go out and jesus christ, I’ll be on a mountain top.
I can’t wait.