Saturday, June 14, 2008


We've had the pleasure (and stress) of hunting for a house over the past few weeks. The family we've been caretaking for will be returning from Poland at the end of the summer, so it's time to vacate and find a home of our own. House hunting has been quite an experience. I never dreamed it would be so difficult for two people to find one house that they liked equally. In addition to the whole compromise aspect, we've witnessed some interesting houses over the course of our search. Most of the real "gems" have been the foreclosures that we've been through. Typically in those situations, the home owners will take with them all of the appliances, but in one house they also found it necessary to remove all of the toilets and several doorknobs. Most of the time the listing Realtor will hire a cleaning crew to remove any remaining personal property and vacuum the carpets. One house we looked at last week had not experienced that luxury yet, however. I have never seen a house so filthy. It appeared as though the home owners never even owned a vacuum cleaner. There was garbage and personal property left all over the floor throughout the house.

Apparently they owned a dog.
I was able to deduce that from the 3 inches of dog hair on the carpet.

So where do we currently stand in our hunt? Time will tell... We've put an offer in on a short sale listing (which often means the opposite of a short sale), so now we wait to see if the lenders will accept our offer. Pray with us that this truly can be a SHORT sale and not drag out. I'd rather not have to store all of our things and live in temporary housing while we wait to close. It's all in God's hands. We will trust and wait on Him.

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