Sunday, January 14, 2007

Our House

For those of you who don't know, we are in the process of buying our first house. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 car garage. Se below for the WHOLE story...
I love the sliding glass door!

The back of the house. Our bedroom and Dawson's room

This is our back yard.
 We had been shopping for a house for quite a while because we felt Dawson needed his own apartment. His stuff sure wasn't fitting in ours! We hadn't gotten a realtor, we did all of the looking on our own. Finally we decided we would really like to stay in Avilla if we could. We like the area, we'd be closer to my family, and we like the Kendallville YMCA and WALMART.-can I get an amen on that one? You gotta have your favorite Wal-Mart. There is a newer subdivision in Avilla which is where this house is located. However, it was a foreclosed home. We had no clue about foreclosed homes. But we got serious about it. In December Jason found a realtor. Kathy Aldrich. Great lady! We found out the asking price that HUD put on it was $101,000. Not bad for a newer home. Kathy let us in to see the house and explained the bidding process to us. The house looked brand new. We looked around and liked it. It had been a model home for about 8 months, and then it was purchased by a couple that lived in it for only about 2 weeks and then foreclosed.  Then it sat for almost a year when the government took it over. Jason and I went home, talked it over and decided to go for it. (Christmas happens) The day after Christmas Kathy came over and we told her we wanted to make a bid for $95,000 with them paying $1,000 in closing costs. We filled out the paperwork. And waited. The next day we left for a ski trip with Youth For Christ and long story short we found out that they accepted our bid.  We got a loan, and found out from the inspector that the house in great condition Spit Spot (I just watched Mary Poppins) and we're ready to move in! Right Now. We're just waiting to close. We are setting up a fund in memory of our apartment called "Jason and Joy need something other than inflatable furniture". All donations and proceeds can be made to Jason and Joy Wilkins.

We thanked God for this wonderful home and were amazed at how quickly it all happened.

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